Sunday, July 31, 2011

Waiting for your Tomatoes...the Agony & the Ecstacy

Waiting for tomatoes to ripen is a lot like waiting for grass to grow.  It always happens when you aren't looking.  We have so many purchased tomato well as a large quantity of rogue tomato plants!  All of them are brimming with fruit...all of them are green.

How frustrating is it that we ran out of tomatoes this week and I had to add them to the grocery list.  When I look at our garden and see a restaurant supply of tomatoes...there's only problem...they're GREEN!

Turns out thats really not a problem...I found a few recipes that called for green tomatoes.

First, get 1/3 cup of yellow cornmeal, 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, 1/4 tsp black pepper and a dash of salt.  Combine and add to a dredging dish.

Next cook bacon strips.   Just about anyone can do that...even me!   (just make sure to reserve 2 tsp worth of bacon drippings for the tomatoes.

The recipe called for red lettuce (probably because the tomatoes were green, so a nice contrast) but since we didn't have any at hand...we just grabbed the green we had growing.

Wash off a green tomato (or two if you have several hungry folks).  Dry it off then slice into semi-thick slices.  Ches went with burger thickness...and they were very firm for a sandwich.  Dredge the slices thru the cornmeal mix and drop into the still hot frying pan from the bacon.  The recipe calls for adding 2 tsp of olive oil to the bacon drippings and frying the tomatoes in that.    

Fry until golden brown...

This is the fun part!  You toast some brown bread, add mayo, then lettuce greens, then tomato and lastly the crisp bacon!

It was WAY better than I expected and we will definitely make this one again.  Now I wish that the tomatoes will take a long long time to will give me more excuses to make this dish!!!

We sat outside and thought of hot summer nights in Georgia...we had beer instead of lemonade.  I whipped up some guacomole for a cool side.  Ches ate his sandwich topped with the guac!

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