Green Tomato Recipes
A bowl full of green tomatoes!
What can one do with a huge bowl of green tomatoes?
What if....Your kids get over-zealous and pick all your lovely green tomatoes before they ripen.
A summer thunderstorm knocks your loaded tomato plant over before the 'maters turn red.
The weather turns chilly and you still have tons of beautiful green tomatoes on the vine!
No problem. Here are a few recipes using green tomatoes that will save the day (or your harvest)! Recipes are vegetarian except for egg and dairy products.
The recipes you will find here are: Green Tomato Pasta sauce, Green tomato casserole (my favorite ) Green Mary cocktail and Fried Green Tomatoes (from Fanny Flagg).
FYI: the second scenario above was the reason I had so many! The green tomatoes shown in the image above are "Brandywine". They are quite a meaty, heavy tomato.
[All the green tomato images are mine Mickie_G - except where noted. Ask before you use pictures, please.]
Such a beautiful Green!
Green Tomato Pasta Sauce
You can freeze this gluten free tomato sauce!
If you have:
3 tablespoons good quality olive oil
3 medium cloves of garlic - chopped
3 medium (bigger than a tennis ball, smaller than a soft ball) green tomatoes, cut into eighths
1/2 cup H20
1/2 teaspoon dried basil ( 1 T fresh, chopped)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large pot (Dutch oven or big saucepan) over medium low heat.
Add garlic and cook about 1 minute.
Add tomatoes and increase heat to medium.
Sauté, stirring until garlic begins to turn brown (about 4 minutes).
Add water and dried basil (wait to add the fresh basil), cook covered 5 to 8 minutes.
Check occasionally to see when tomatoes are soft and liquid is thick (like syrup).
Transfer contents to a food processor or blender and add cheese..
Transfer to a saucepan and season to taste.
Reheat and serve over hot pasta of choice.
Use fresh, chopped basil as a garnish.
Serve with grated Parmesan.
(Sauce can be frozen)
Making Green Tomato Pasta Sauce (images are mine) - It took me about 30 minutes to make this easy sauce recipe. Click on the smaller pictures to read comments.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Easily chop the garlic for the green tomato pasta sauce: - A "must have" kitchen tool.
I have a chopper very similar to this one and use it for garlic. I bought mine at Williams Sonoma for about the same price. This tool is optional, but I consider a garlic chopper a "must have" tool in my kitchen.
One tool that is consistently recommended for garlic is the peeler. You may like other styles of garlic press/mincers, but this peeler is the one you can afford to own.
Cracker Crumb topping is a little too brown, but the green tomato casserole is devine!
Green Tomato Casserole
My personal favorite recipe for using those green tomatoes!
If you have:
5 to 6 green tomatoes (thinly sliced)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
Saltine cracker crumbs (use about 1 sleeve)
Optional toppings: Potato chips
Buttered 1 1/2 quart baking dish
You can make this recipe by:
Layering half the tomatoes, salt, pepper, half the cheese and one-third of the butter in the baking dish.
Repeat the layers and cover with cracker crumbs.
Dot with the remaining butter.
Cover the dish with a lid or aluminum foil.
Bake at 400 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.
Yield: 4-6 servings
(Photo by me! Creative Commons License applied.)
"Green Mary" Drink Recipe
A Healthy Bloody Mary Recipe using green tomatoes!
The following summery cocktail is like a Bloody Mary, but instead of being red it is-----GREEN!
4 green tomatoes, chopped
5 green tomatillos, chopped
1 celery stalk
3 mint leaves
1 jalapeno, seeded
5 jarred olives
1/2 cup olive juice (from olive jar)
1 cup orange juice
2 oz lemon juice Fresh horseradish, grated, to taste
12 oz vodka
In a blender, puree all ingredients except vodka. Add vodka to the mixture, then serve in highball glasses. Garnish with celery or mint, if desired.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS
Calories per serving: 208
This recipe is reproduced here with permission from Summer Drinks--Women's Health
Image of the Maria Verde - The Green Bloody Mary, is located at New World Review; there is also another recipe there that you could try using tomatillos and green tomatoes.
Nutritional Analysis of a Raw Green Tomato:
Why green tomatoes are healthy!
* Very low in saturated fat
* No cholesterol
* High in dietary fiber
* High in iron
* High in manganese
* High in magnesium
* High in niacin
* Very high in pantothenic acid
* High in phosphorus
* Very high in potassium
* High in thiamin
* Very high in vitamin A
* High in vitamin B6
* Very high in vitamin C
* Very high in sugar
Image is a detail of poster for "Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Cafe" movie available at Allposters.com.
Fannie Flagg's recipe for fried green tomatoes is from Recipe from "Loaves and Fishes II; Recipes From the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay" by St. Paul's Episcopal
The yummy photo is adapted from Flickr user millermz.
Prep Time: not long if you have done it before!
Total Time: improves with experience!
Serves: 6 to 8
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 1/3 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 to 8 green tomatoes - cut into 1/4 inch slices
- Mix egg and buttermilk in a shallow dish
- Mix flour, cornmeal and salt in another shallow dish
- Working in batches:
- Tip: rub some cornstarch on the green tomato slices before going to the egg mixture.
- Dip tomato slices into egg mixture (let excess drip back into dish)
- Coat with flour mixture
- Fry in hot bacon drippings in large heavy skillet until brown - turn only once
- Transfer to colander to drain.
Cast Iron Skillet is the BEST for making fried green tomatoes!
A heavy cast iron skillet is the best one for frying anything. We fry our green tomatoes on the eye of the gas grill that is on our deck. Easy clean up! I really hate spattering grease.
Watch an Expert Make Fried Green Tomatoes: - Green Tomatoes: fry 'em up!
A different but similar recipe for fried green tomatoes is being used in this video. It never hurts to get more tips or recipes. You will need to go to another website (http://foodwishes.com) to get the ingredients.
For Fried Green Tomatoes, I recommend:
1. Dip your finished fried green tomatoes in ranch or blue cheese dressing!
2. Use a cast iron skillet for frying the coated green tomatoes.
Living in the southern USA, I have seen green tomatoes used in all sorts of recipes. I was so surprised that those green globes are such a sweet treat. What do you or will you do with green tomatoes? I challenge you to try using this wonderful food soon.
© 2009 Mickie Goad