Cast Iron

Fried Green Tomato BL(A)T

October  4, 2022
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4 sandwiches
Author Notes

Two years ago, we tore out our lawn and planted a veggie garden. Heirloom tomatoes topped our dream list of things to grow.The following summer I trimmed back one of our own heirloom vines loaded down with heavy fruit and broke a few precious branches. Even though the tomatoes were far from ripe, I couldn't toss out our homegrown bounty. I thought... Fried Green Tomatoes! This recipe may clog your arteries just reading it, so beware... - yummy supper —yummy supper

Test Kitchen Notes

This sandwich is a great take on the BLT and a creative use of fried green tomatoes! I made the BLATs for friends, and got rave reviews from everyone. One component didn't overpower the next, and the fried green tomatoes really stood up to the bacon. Also, I loved that the recipe had me fry the tomatoes in the bacon grease... extra (artery clogging.. mmm) flavor, and a nice use of resources. I slathered the bread rolls with Amanda's milk mayo, which added just the right amount of garlicky, lemony flavor. I would definitely make these again -- they could easily be taken in different directions (more spices added to cornmeal breading, additional sauces, etc). - Loves Food Loves to Eat —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 4 fresh sandwich rolls, sliced in half
  • 8 slices cripsy bacon
  • 4 pieces butter lettuce
  • 2 avocados, pealed and sliced
  • 2 green heirloom tomatoes
  • mayonnaise (homemade if possible)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  1. Cook bacon in a large cast iron pan until crispy. Set bacon aside on paper towels.
  2. Keep cast iron pan and bacon drippings hot on the stove top.
  3. Slice green tomatoes into 1/4 inch slabs.
  4. First, dip tomato slabs in shallow bowl of flour to lightly coat.
  5. Next, dip tomatoes into a shallow bowl with lightly beaten egg.
  6. Finally, coat the tomatoes in cornmeal.
  7. Fry tomatoes in hot bacon drippings. Cook for about 3 minutes on a side. Sprinkle each slice of tomato with salt and freshly ground pepper
  8. Assemble sandwich: slice roll in half; slather each slice with homemade mayo; add crispy bacon, slices of avocado, fried tomato, and butter lettuce.
  9. Enjoy!

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  • yummy supper
    yummy supper
  • Loves Food Loves to Eat
    Loves Food Loves to Eat
  • MyCommunalTable
  • Sagegreen
  • thirschfeld

6 Reviews

yummy S. December 22, 2010
Sorry to be so delayed in replying to these kind comments...
Many many thanks!!!!
Loves F. August 6, 2010
Can't wait to test this out! Excited to clog a few arteries with this one tonight!
MyCommunalTable August 5, 2010
I have never had a fried green tomato, but this recipe looks great. Great pic as well.
Loves F. July 27, 2010
This looks so delish!
Sagegreen July 27, 2010
thirschfeld July 27, 2010
The first time I had one of those was at the Hominy Grill in Charlston. I have been making them ever since once the first green tomatoes show up in the garden. Love em'.