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Fried Green Tomato Sandwich

fried green tomato sandwichAlthough fried green tomatoes (no, I’m not referring to the movie) might be a dish hailing from the southern United States, in the Maritimes we enjoy them, too.  My father loved the sight of green tomatoes in our vegetable patch.  His favorite way to eat them?  Fried with bacon and eggs, of course! Typically, a green tomato is sliced then dipped in a beaten egg, dredged in cornmeal or flour (or a combination of both) and shallow-fry in oil which produces a crunchy exterior.  The lazy side in me bypasses this.  This sandwich is super easy to make and the list of ingredients should be enough to get your mouth watering!  If you happen to have an abundance of green tomatoes, visit Tipnut as they have 25 recipes showing you how to use them up.

Serves 2

2 green tomatoes, cut into thick slices
avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
4 slices naturally smoked bacon, cut in half
bread slices or whatever suits your fancy

Mayo-Basil Sauce –
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
handful fresh basil leaves
1 to 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

To make the mayo-basil sauce, combine all ingredients in a food processor (or hand blender) and blend until smooth.  Adjust ingredients to suit your palate.

Fry bacon until done to your liking.  Remove and drain on paper towel.  Next, season tomato slices with salt and pepper and place in the pan where the bacon was cooked.  Fry over medium heat for 2 minutes before flipping and cook for another 2 minutes.

fried tomatoes To assemble, get your bread ready and place a generous spoonful of the mayo-basil sauce, green tomatoes (about 3 slices), bacon strips and top with sliced avocado.  Add a bit more sauce and cover with a slice of bread.

avocado lemon bacon

The Culinary Chase’s Note:  A green tomato is an unripe one and will feel firm to touch.  If you find green tomatoes with stripes – like the heirloom varieties – they are actually ripe, will feel soft when pressed, and will taste like a ripe red tomato.  Green tomatoes will ripen over time.  Make sure you have a large napkin handy as this sandwich is messy but so darn yummy.  Enjoy!

Fried Green Tomato Sandwich
 
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Recipe type: sandwich
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 green tomatoes, cut into thick slices
  • avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 4 slices naturally smoked bacon, cut in half
  • bread slices or whatever suits your fancy
  • Mayo-Basil Sauce -
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. To make the mayo-basil sauce, combine all ingredients in a food processor (or hand blender) and blend until smooth. Adjust ingredients to suit your palate.
  2. Fry bacon until done to your liking. Remove and drain on paper towel. Next, season tomato slices with salt and pepper and place in the pan where the bacon was cooked. Fry over medium heat for 2 minutes before flipping and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. To assemble, get your bread ready and place a generous spoonful of the mayo-basil sauce, green tomatoes (about 3 slices), bacon strips and top with sliced avocado. Add a bit more sauce and cover with a slice of bread.
Notes
The Culinary Chase’s Note: A green tomato is an unripe one and will feel firm to touch. If you find green tomatoes with stripes – like the heirloom varieties – they are actually ripe, will feel soft when pressed, and will taste like a ripe red tomato. Green tomatoes will ripen over time. Make sure you have a large napkin handy as this sandwich is messy but so darn yummy. Enjoy!

 

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