The Best Fried Green Tomatoes Ever

February 20, 2016

Author Notes: While watching an episode of Unique Eats on the Cooking Channel, my husband and I became enthralled by a recipe from Yardbird Southern Table and Bar in Miami. It was a layered Fried Green Tomato that included Pimento Cheese, Pork Belly Bacon, and Tomato Jam. No recipe was included. After doing some research, my husband came up with his version of the dish. Because there were so many steps to the dish we decided to use a good quality Pimento Cheese Spread purchased from our favorite market. We served it to extended family during the 4th of July holiday to rave reviews.lakelurelady

Serves: 8

Ingredients

For the Fried Green Tomatoes:

  • 2 to 3 Green tomatoes; Each tomato will yield 4 3/8" slices
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup Flour, or more as needed
  • 1/2 cup Seasoned Panko Bread Crumbs or more as needed
  • 1 to 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1/8 cup Milk for egg wash
  • Enough Cooking Oil to fill a large skillet to a depth of 1/2 inch
  • 8 to 12 slices pork belly bacon or thick sliced apple smoked bacon cooked crisp and drained
  • 12 ounces Pimento cheese spread, homemade or purchased.

Tomato Jam

  • 3 pounds Tomatoes. Can use a combination of regular and romas
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
In This Recipe

Directions

For the Fried Green Tomatoes:

  1. Lightly salt and pepper both sides of the green tomato slices.
  2. Make an egg wash with one or more eggs and a little milk in a bowl large enough to accommodate the biggest tomato slice. Mix the flour with a little salt and pepper in another bowl, and pour the panko crumbs in a third bowl.
  3. Flour both sides of the tomato slices, then coat thoroughly with the egg wash and dip in the panko crumbs. Place on a large platter.
  4. Heat the oil in a large deep skillet until the surface is shimmery. Place several slices in the pan without crowding too much and fry until golden brown on one side, then flip and fry until golden brown on the other side. Remove the slices to a paper towel covered baking tray and place in a warming oven while you continue with more batches if necessary.
  5. Place fried green tomatoes on a platter. Top each tomato with a dollop of pimento cheese spread and 1 strip of bacon cut in half and criss-crossed. Finish with a spoonful of the Tomato Jam. Recipe follows.

Tomato Jam

  1. Peel the tomatoes by placing in boiling water for about 1 1/2 minutes and then move to an ice water bath in a large bowl. After they cool, you can easily remove the skin by hand. Cut the tomatoes into a medium course chop and place in a large pot.
  2. Add the sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Stir it all together and let it sit for half an hour to generate some liquid before heating.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil uncovered while stirring occasionally, reduce the heat to a heavy simmer and continue to cook uncovered, and stir once in a while to make sure it isn’t sticking and burning on the bottom.
  4. It may take up to an hour for the jam to thicken. Just keep an eye on it and remove from heat once it has reached a jammy consistency.
  5. You may have more than you need for the Fried Green Tomatoes, but it will keep well in the refrigerator. It can also be used as a topping for crostini.

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Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

LE B. February 20, 2016
What a terrIFIC recipe! The thought of pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes together- is such a great pairing of acid, crunch, and creamy gooey hot sharp cheddar. Plse forgive my bluntness, but It infuriates me no end to see extended here the unhealthy Southern obsession with (unnecessary)sugar in savory foods. IMO, absolutely no benefit from the tomato jam in this otherwise super dish. So when i make it, which i surely will do next fall, it will come together much faster because i won't be making the jam part. And my anxious tummy will be ready and waiting! Thx so much for this!
 
Author Comment
lakelurelady February 21, 2016
Thanks Le Bec Fin. Jam by definition is sugary, but you could certainly reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe and still cook the tomatoes down to concentrate their flavors.