Friday, October 3, 2008

Fried Green Tomatoes & Salsa

This is a closeup of fried green tomatoes with fresh salsa on top. All the tomatoes, green pepper, and jalapenos came from the garden. This was the first time I'd ever had fried green tomatoes and wow were they delicious! They were a bit tart but not too much, plus crispy on the outside and soft inside. Just right. I really liked how the citrus in the salsa topping helped to lighten the greasy fried-ness of it. Now that it is fall and we've got lots of green tomatoes on the vine that probably won't turn ripe before the first frost, I'll definitely be making these again.

I used this recipe for the fried green tomatoes from Pamela Cooks! blog. Thanks Pamela.
Here is my own salsa "recipe" though I just make it to taste so I'm just guessing on the measurements:

  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes (it is much better if you have the time to do it by hand, not the food processor)

  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup finely chopped red or white onion, or scallions

  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped italian green frying peppers (or bell)

  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and minced

  • 1 or 2 cloves of minced garlic

  • handful of roughly chopped cilantro

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • teaspoon of cider vinegar

  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy.

I ate them sitting outside next to the garden as part of a wonderful brunch on a gorgegous sunny Sunday. Pictured clockwise from the top: Grilled Smoky Tempeh (from Veganomicon) on a potato pancake topped with more salsa, swiss chard also grown in the garden sauteed with leftover smoky marinade, red onions and garlic, the green tomatoes, and a homemade white corn muffin. YUM!


Bex said...

I have green tomatoes in my garden that are going to need using, it's just getting too cold for them outside.

Bethany said...

These look really really good. I have never had them, but now I really don't have an excuse do I? Unless of course I can't find any green ones...

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