I have always wanted to try fried green tomatoes ever since I watched the film ‘Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-stop Cafe‘. It is one of my favourite films starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy, it has a complex plot but is worth watching. Well, on Saturday I bought some green tomatoes and decided I would finally give it a go! I also bought some pork steaks so here is the recipe:
2 pork steaks
1 tablespoon of golden syrup
1 tablespoon of garlic infused olive oil
½ teaspoon of paprika
½ teaspoon of ground allspice
1 large sage leaf
3-4 strands of thyme
1 inch piece of ginger
Chop the herbs and ginger and mix with golden syrup, garlic infused oil, paprika, salt and allspice.
Rub this mixture into the pork steaks.
I cooked this immediately but it will probably benefit from marinading for a couple of hours.
Cook in the oven at gas mark 5 for 1.5 hours (the longer the better really to ensure the pork is really tender.)
4 green tomatoes
Gluten free flour
salt & pepper
Garlic infused oil
Slice the tomatoes and dry them between pieces of kitchen paper.
Put the gluten-free flour on a flat plate and season with salt & pepper
Crack the eggs into a dish and beat with a fork
Put the maize meal onto another flat plate and season with salt & pepper.
Dip the sliced tomato into the gluten-free flour first, then egg and finally into the maize meal. Coat thoroughly with each dip.
Fry the tomatoes in a little oil till golden.
I served both these dishes with a little boiled rice and tomato with rocket.
According to the reviews I read on the internet before I tried this dish people have lots of memories of eating fried green tomatoes cooked by their mothers and grandmothers. I am sure I cannot give this dish the taste that someone who has cooked this for family for years. But I have to mention that it is a dish that doesn’t seem to be worse for using gluten-free flour – in fact I think by using a rice based gluten-free flour blend, the crispness may be better than the original!