Friday, November 20, 2009

Chicken Sandwich with Fried Green Tomatoes

This is unbelievably good! Crispy chicken combined with the sweet and tart of fried green tomatoes. Amazing!

Chicken Strips/Filets/Patties
Fried Green Tomatoes
Sandwich Bun
Shredded Lettuce – optional
Hot Pepper Sauce – optional

Fry the chicken strips according to directions or use your favorite breaded chicken strip recipe. At the same time make the fried green tomatoes. Toast the sandwich bun.

Spread a generous amount of mayonnaise on the top and bottom sandwich bun. To assemble: place one or two chicken strips on the bottom bun, add two fried green tomato slices, garnish with lettuce and several dashes of hot pepper sauce, and finish with the top bun.

Serve immediately.

Makes 1 sandwich

I listed the hot pepper sauce as optional. But, it’s really not. I highly recommend it. You can leave the lettuce off if you want.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes are something most people did not know about until the movie with the same name. Even then some probably did not believe it was a real food. Everyone should give them a try. The sweet from the cornmeal and the tart from the green tomato make a great combination.

3 large firm Green Tomatoes
1 cup Cornmeal
½ cup All-Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground Black Pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper - optional
1 cup Buttermilk – shaken
Vegetable Oil
Hot Pepper Sauce – for serving, optional

Fill FryDaddy with oil to recommended level and heat oil.
Or in a large cast iron skillet add about ½ inch of oil and heat over medium-high heat until hot.

Rinse the green tomatoes, and cut into ½ inch thick slices. Discard end pieces.

It is entirely optional, for a nice even coating peel the tomatoes before slicing. The tomato skin is slick and the mixture does not adhere to it very well.

Pour the buttermilk into a small bowl. Combine cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, and the optional cayenne pepper if you want it. Dip tomatoes in the buttermilk and then dredge in the cornmeal mixture. Coat the tomatoes well. Gently place in the hot oil. Do not over crowd the slices in the oil. If using a cast iron skillet, fry in a single layer. May want to fry in batches. Fry for about 6 minutes, 3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Carefully remove the tomatoes from oil and transfer to a platter lined with paper towels. Serve immediately with hot pepper sauce.

Makes 5-6 servings

For an extra kick add some hot pepper sauce in the buttermilk before you dip the tomatoes. Can also be served with ranch dip or a sprinkling of parmesan on top.