ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Fried Green Tomatoes with Bacon Vinaigrette and Warm Frisée.

Updated on March 6, 2015
alifeofdesign profile image

Graham is a former chef and food stylist with a passion for all things food-related. She has also never been known to decline dessert.


It was bound to happen. The summer here in New Hampshire is brief. A fleeting few months of sizzling hot afternoons quickly rolls into the milder, chilly days of fall. I'm not complaining mind you, fall here is a beautiful time of year. The temperatures are often times more comfortable compared to the blistering heat of August and with the change of weather comes the magnificent change in leaf color.

But as much as I enjoy fall, there are some things that I wish to not say goodbye to. One of those things is my garden. During the summer, we tend to a small garden bed that reaps surprising rewards. Although several of the plants are still producing, I know that it is only a matter of time until the first frost will put an end to my green zebra tomatoes and purple basil.

In fear of the inevitable, my husband and I decided it was time to pick what was remaining and put the garden to bed. Dangling from a few spindly vines were a few green tomatoes. Not certain if they would have time to ripen before a frost blanketed them, we plucked them and made plans for a little frying.

Cast your vote for Fried Green Tomatoes with Bacon Vinaigrette and Warm Fri

Cook Time

Prep time: 40 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 4-6; Depending on the size of the tomatoes.

This is a rich salad with a lovely tart and smoky flavor. It would make a nice first course salad for a menu with several courses, however, if that is your plan, make the salads smaller. Perhaps have one fried green tomato on each plate.


A few local sources selling green tomatoes:

314 Hopkinton Road Concord, NH 03301:
314 Hopkinton Rd, Concord, NH 03301, USA

get directions

107 Beech Hill Road Hopkinton, NH 03229:
107 Beech Hill Rd, Hopkinton, NH 03229, USA

get directions



  • 3-4 large green (unripe) tomatoes, sliced crosswise 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced and smashed
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces (about six slices) thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-1/2-inch strips
  • 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 Cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Canola/vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 large head frisée lettuce, washed (if needed) and torn into pieces
  • Cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper to taste

Paula Deen Cooks Fried Green Tomatoes


  1. Gently toss the sliced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. In a medium saucepan, cook the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels or brown paper bag. Pour off most of the bacon fat, reserving 2 Tablespoons;stir in the vinegar and set aside.
  3. Preparing the tomatoes:
  4. In a pie plate or shallow bowl, season 3/4 cup of flour with salt, pepper, a pinch of cayenne and half of the thyme.
  5. In another pie plate, whisk eggs with water.
  6. In a third pie plate, mix the cornmeal with the remaining flour, the remainder of the thyme and another pinch of cayenne.
  7. Working with 1 slice at a time, dip the tomato in the flour. Tap off excess flour. Dip into egg and then dredge in cornmeal;press the cornmeal onto the tomato slice to help it adhere.
  8. Transfer the slices to a lined baking sheet until you are ready to fry. It is best to line the sheet with wax paper so the tomatoes do not stick.
  9. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil until very hot. (oil will be ready when it shimmers and appears more like water than oil)
  10. Fry tomato slices in small batches over moderately high heat, turning carefully until golden brown. 3-5 minutes per each batch. Drain on paper towels or paper bag. Salt immediately when removed from fry oil.
  11. When your tomatoes have all been fried. Rewarm the bacon fat and vinegar over low heat. Add the frisée. Gently toss the frisée in the vinaigrette wilting slightly. Season with salt and pepper.
  12. Place fried tomato slice on plate. Top with frisée. Sprinkle with the bacon and serve.
  13. [Like most fried foods, it is best not to allow the fried tomatoes to sit. Their crisp coating will begin to become soggy. If you are making this salad for a larger crowd, I recommend that you place the tomato slices on a wire rack and keep in a 250 degree oven to keep warm. DO NOT wrap the tomatoes. The warmth will only make them sweat and create a soggy tomato.

One of the simplest ways of cutting bacon is to partially freeze it then slice, however, when you are going to be deep-frying, the water created from the freezing process will make the oil splatter. Another easy method is just clipping it using kitchen shears.

If you do not have bacon, I recommend that you try slices of prosciutto. Place 4-5 slices of prosciutto on a baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven until crisp, about 10 minutes depending on your oven. Allow to cool slightly and then crumble on top of salad.

Click thumbnail to view full-size

Can I substitute anything else for the egg-wash?

For this recipe, a mixture of whole egg and water are used for dredging, however, there are several other ingredients that can be used with equal success. The flavors of the fried tomatoes may vary slightly, but all work well.

  • egg whites
  • milk
  • buttermilk
  • light cream
  • plain yogurt
  • skim milk
  • evaporated milk

When it comes to seasoning, timely is everything. Never directly salt a food before deep-frying it, as the salt will draw moisture to the food's surface and cause the hot oil to splatter. Always salt a food immediately after removing it from the hot oil, when it has the best chance of sticking to the food.


In French, frisée means curly. In culinary terms, frisee is a pale, light green variety of curly endive with a slightly bitter flavor. It belongs to the chicory family and is often used in mesclun mixes. My mom always enjoyed frisee, but growing up she would generally refer to it as chicory.

Frisee is one of those lettuces that stands up especially well to hot ingredients, in other words, warm vinaigrettes, a hot entrée or wilted; frisee doesn't loose its' flavor and its' texture is not sacrificed when warmed. A French bistro classic, the Lyonnaise frisée salad features fried baconlardons, a poached egg and a mustardy vinaigrette.


The darker green tips of the frisée are the most bitter and can be snipped off, however, the bitterness of this lettuce works quite nicely with the tartness of the green tomatoes and the smoky flavor of the rendered bacon.

Typically a head of frisée at the market is rather clean. I prefer to was all my lettuces and frisée is no exception. After you have torn the frisée into pieces, submerge in a sink of fresh cold water. Pat well to dry or use a lettuce spinner to be sure that you have removed as much water as possible.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: one serving/based on one slice of tomato
Calories 202
Calories from Fat153
% Daily Value *
Fat 17 g26%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Unsaturated fat 11 g
Fiber 2 g8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

What apples are good in salads?

Here are but a few apples:

  • Braeburn
  • Ambrosia
  • Cameo
  • Empire
  • Fiji
  • Gala
  • Granny Smith
  • Golden Delicious
  • Pink Lady
  • Macintosh


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)