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Author Notes: During the long New England winter I dream about these tomatoes. I lie in bed during the seemingly endless cold nights, in flannel pajamas under three layers of heavy blankets, and fantasize about bare legs, short sleeves and a griddle full of these sizzling away on the stove. In the summertime fantasies turn to reality, and if there isn't a huge batch of these sizzling away on the stove at least once a week, withdrawal symptoms begin to set in. —Slow Club Cookery
- 4 Large firm, ripe red tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 6 tablespoons boiling water
- 1/2 cup non dairy milk
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon finely ground sea salt
- 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh or dried oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced fresh or dried basil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
- 1/4 cup canola or olive oil for frying, plus extra as needed
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
- Wash and core tomatoes and cut into 1/2" slices.
- In a medium bowl whisk together ground flax seeds and boiling water, set aside and allow to thicken and cool.
- Combine cornmeal, flour, oregano, basil, black pepper, garlic, crushed red pepper and salt. Stir until well combined.
- Once flax mixture is slightly cooled and gelatinous, whisk in non-dairy milk.
- Heat a stovetop griddle or large nonstick pan over medium high heat. Add enough oil to thinly coat the bottom of the pan. You can use a silicone pastry brush to get a thin, evenly distributed layer of oil.
- Dredge tomato slices first through flour mix, into wet mixture, and back into flour again, making sure they are fully coated.
- Add to hot pan and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, adding an extra drizzle of oil as needed. If using a large griddle, you should be able to cook all the tomatoes in one batch. If using a smaller pan, split into two batches.
- Serve immediately with a generous scoop of pesto, fresh basil and/or a lemon wedge.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for A&M Smackdown / Your Best Tomato Recipe
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