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Monday, January 23, 2012

GRITS







I had to come back and tell you all about the
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES we had the other night.

THEN....I PROMISE, no more green tomato posts...
or at least until I find some more GREEN TOMATOES. :))











I  used as little Canola oil as I could, got my skillet fairly hot, turned them often and fried until nice and golden.....
I was so hungry for one, I tried eating it too fast and it was H.O.T. and burned my mouth....
and, dayum, they were GOOD.
 I am using a dish of RANCH DRESSING here because my sweet friend, SHELIA,
from NOTE SONGS says that is the way her tiny mouth likes FRIED GREEN TOMATOES.
I am not a huge fan of Ranch (Mr. Sweet would marry it if he could)
so if YOU know of something else used for a
FRIED GREEN TOMATO dip, would you kindly let me know?
Maybe something with a little LOUISIANA HOT SAUCE in it  ?
My tomatoes are already beginning to turn red....must hurry and make the others tomorrow.

The GREEN tomatoes are firm and slightly hard so they fry up nice and crisp.

The redness makes them much softer and, altho, they still taste heavenly, they are a little mushy when they have reddened and softened.

See the redness of that one slice...the breading has fallen off....and it is STILL going to be delicious.

Thus frying them while nice and green makes for a taste treat you won't forget.


I asked the veggie stock boy if he ever had GREEN tomatoes. He said, "O, yes, ma'am.....a lot of times, if you will look on the bottom of a display of bright red tomatoes, you will find a few green and partial green, waiting their turn to move to the top.....to ripen."
Sure 'nuff.....there they were, just waiting for me and my frying pan.
2 really green ones and a few partially greens.
He told me to put them in the fridge to slow down ripening....
what a smart fella he is.  My grocery store should feel very proud to have him in their employ.


O, these are sooo YUMMY, people.
It's the little things in life like Fried Green tomatoes that makes it all worth while. :))

I used ONION RING MIX to coat these luscious slices of tomatoes
and it was PERFECT. The best taste and so easy. Just a little of the mix and a little
water to make a nice paste and you are good to go.
I will use it again.....just as soon as I come across more GREEN tomatoes.
...you know.......if I ever get to go to THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE
and they still have FRIED GREEN TOMATOES on their menu,
I surely will order some.
HOWEVER, if they have BARBECUE on the menu,
I do believe
I WILL PASS....!!  :>)


Biting into one of these delicious slices
sure makes one feel lucky to be from
THE SOUTH. :))

 joining in with:
RUBY TUESDAY2
TABLETOP 
TEMPT MY TUMMY
TASTY TUES.
YOUR COZY HOME
I've got the batter all ready for some more of these treats...
BUT.....I've watched that movie 3 times in 3 days....
and I'm tired of it. :)

Oh, yeah......and MR. SWEET
suggested I just ADD Louisiana Hot Sauce to my Ranch Dressing for dipping the
tomatoes in....
DUH !!
perfect....:)

47 comments:

Vee said...

Yes, good idea to pass on the barbecue at that particular restaurant. Ha! So you like Ranch with the hot sauce added...sounds as if you really had yourselves a Fried Green Tomato marathon!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I was curious where you were getting the green tomatoes in January, very interesting:@)

Julie Harward said...

I have got to try this..it does sound so good! :D

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I love fried green tomatoes! I usually make a remoulade sauce for ours because that is how we get them often in restaurants. I don't have one set recipe for the sauce but here is an easy one:

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup mustard (Creole mustard if possible)
1 Tbsp sweet paprika
1-2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon pickle juice (dill or sweet, your preference)
1 teaspoon hot sauce (preferably Tabasco)
1 large clove garlic, minced and smashed
Method
Mix all the ingredients together in a medium bowl. The remoulade is better if left for a few hours to let the flavors meld. Keep refrigerated.

Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

YUM! I love fried green tomatoes. I have never made them myself, but have eaten them out somewhere.

NanaDiana said...

Well, KISS MY GRITS if that doesn't look GOOD! I haven't had them in so long it's not funny. I love them AND the movie! Not eating ANY of that BBQ sauce thank you very much~ xo Diana

Barbara F. said...

Never had a fried green tomato, but I would surely like to try one! I do love some creamy cheesy grits, in the morning with eggs, ummmmm. So good. xo

Bunny Jean said...

Hi BJ!

Well now you got me wanting fried green tomatoes and you most certainly spoiled my appetite for BBQ!

I have to stop visiting your blog when I am hungry... but then I will never get to see you :]

I think that your hubby's idea of hot sauce in the ranch is a great idea!

xoxo Bunny Jean

Miz Helen said...

Hi BJ,
We just love the Whistle Stop and Fried Green Tomatoes. Your Tomatoes look so good, makes me want spring to hurry up so I can run out to the garden and harvest some green tomatoes, I can't wait. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!
Miz Helen

Kathy said...

Oh BJ, those look devine. And I agree with Mr. Sweet. I love a kick to my ranch dressing and that would make them awesome tasting.

Kathy said...

Oh BJ, those look devine. And I agree with Mr. Sweet. I love a kick to my ranch dressing and that would make them awesome tasting.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

oh they look and sound so good. I too love ranch dressing with hot sause. You do the cutest dang posts but of course a Grits Girl would..

I'll be looking for green tomatoes:)

Patti said...

I'm hungry! I must try fried green tomatoes sometime, BJ.
I feel fine ~ thanks for asking.

I hope you are doing well. It sounds like you are!

I love what GRITS is the acronym for! How cute.

Olive Cooper said...

We are not far from the whistle stop cafe in Juliet, Ga. Joe likes a horseradish based sauce and I coat mine in flour and cornmeal lightly.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

I love green tomatoes girl and with ranch Oh Mama..hugs and smiles Gloria

Farmhouse Style Living said...

Glad to see you found some. I am going to have to rummage through the tomato bin at the store now! Not a pretty picture! I like ours with sour cream, cillantro (chopped about 1 Tablespoon) and a lime squeezed in. Yum!

Linda Chapman said...

What an amazing taste treat! Can you believe? I have NEVER had fried green tomatoes! I used to make green tomato relish years ago.
Your post DID make my mouth water!!

Blondie's Journal said...

These look SO GOOD and now I know to ask my grocer man about finding some green tomatoes for me and I will get the onion ring breading. I love ranch so I will give that a try! Yum! You always turn me on to good food, BJ!!!

XO,
Jane

ButterYum said...

I've never had these, but now that we're moving further south, I guess I'm going to have to learn how to make them. Thanks for sharing the recipe - I'm pinning it for future use.

:)
ButterYum

Gemma Wiseman said...

Usually I don't enjoy reading about food, but this post was such a "happy chat" I found that it wasn't so "threatening"! (I don't even like to read cook books - especially with glossy pictures!) Some great images there and interesting explanations!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Oh bj,

Those look so delicious! I love fried green tomatos!
blessings,
karinne

Pat said...

Being a Yankee, I've never had FGT, but seeing the onion ring batter and the hot sauce IN Ranch dressing makes me want to try some.
I always have lots of green tomatoes in November, and just let them freeze on the vine,cause I am tired of tomatoes (outdoor work) by then.
You sure have a talent for taking anything and making it interesting. Always looking to see what you are going to talk about next!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello BJ~ It's always nice stopping by for a visit.
I enjoy your posts and the eye candy you so generously share.
Fried Green tomatoes is my all time favorite food and movie. while on my trip to Austin I actually tasted grits for the first time...delish.
I've got a question about the pie party... Is that an open invitation?
I hope you can stop by to see the Valentine surprises I've got in store. This week starting with...Pain au Chocolat. I'll put the kettle on for a nice cup of tea.
Sweet wishes,
Sara

Shannon @ COZY HOME SCENES said...

I have to admit that I'm weird, but I really don't like tomatoes unless they are sweet or cooked.

See, when I was growing up, we had a hydrophonic greenhouse where we only grew tomotoes. What was on the table every day of my childhood for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Well, maybe you can see why I soon grew sick of seeing them! Lots of good memories of that time of my life though!

My brother on the other hand LOVES fried green tomatoes. Our tomato growing days are long over, so nobody gets green tomatoes but maybe once a year at the most. Therefore, they are a real treat for him.

A restaurant I like serves fried green tomoatoes with grits (Yes I'm from the South)and country gravy with tasso so the gravy had a Cajun kick.

My guess is that's kick is what you like with the hot sauce!

Thank you for linking this to my party. I know there are people who have never tried fried green tomotoes, so they will love the recipe. Hope to see you again next week.

Maria @ LSS said...

I'm hungry now. :)

Happy RT!

Mine's here.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I'll pass on the B'beque as well. But this Maritimer would love to try some fried green tomatoes.

Rettabug said...

Pass me a place, BJ, please???

We do green tomatoes here every fall when we harvest the end of our garden, so its not just a Southern thang, ya' know! *wink* I have NEVER seen green tomatoes in the grocery store, so thanks for the tip to ASK someone, BJ.

fondly,
Rett

p.s. I really liked your copy cat post with the bottles & the straws...nice job!

The French Hutch said...

All the supermarkets here have their own green tomato bin, that's how much we love to Fry up green tomatoes here. Yours look delish! The one way I've never tried them is with the onion ring mix and I'll have to try this. If you get over my way I'll meet you at the Whistle Stop Cafe for lunch, guess what we'll have…………..

~Emily
The French Hutch

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Girls Raised in the South...

These look luscious!!

And speaking of 'grits'...I like that too!!

My Tuesday post is: GOING BACK TO Houston, Houston, HOUSTON

Ralph said...

Ah yes, cayenne does add a spicy sparkle to any dip...the sliced tomatoes in green are astounding in look, and taste for sure. Hopefully they didn't get too cold during the photo shoot...

Scribbler said...

Your green tomatoes looks like they should look, and I know they taste heavenly because I love them, too.

I have to tell you that my husband and I visited the Whistlestop Cafe once. The food was absolutely HORRIBLE -- all of it, not just the tomatoes. Both the friend chicken and the green tomatoes were dripping grease, completely inedible! The place now is not at all like the movie. It is more like a cafeteria, a really bad one.

I have had them well-prepared in a number of other restaurants where they were served with various dips, including ranch. The remoulade that Sue has posted looks like what I have enjoyed the most with them.

Elizabeth said...

we also love fried green tomatoes, they are also good dipped in pancake batter and fried!

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Never had them! blushing! I wonder though if a Roumalade sauce would taste good with that? (I just googled it and saw a picture with fried tomatoes so must be it would be.) We have it with our shrimp sometimes. Good stuff!

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

I'm a *Party-Pooper* because I never let us have such. For fear of clogging arteries.

I know! I'm a *Party Pooper.* -grin-

But wow do I love that GRITS sign. "Girls Raised In The South"...

Wow!!!!!

Love it!!!!!!!!!

-giggles-

Wish I could use it. But I can't. -pout- -mumble- -sob- -sniff- -sigh- >,-)

"Fiction is life
with the dull bits left out"

~Clive James

shannon i olson said...

oh fried green tomatoes! yeah we could not find a green mater for miles here now! yum! lucky you!!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Truly a mouthwatering post, BJ. I have to admit I've never tried a fried green tomato. I think I'm missing out.

Leah H. said...

Oh, yum! Like your tomatoes because it is partly green and partly red, my fave..

Visiting for Ruby Tuesday 2! Hope you can stop by:)

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Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Dayum! :):) Why don't things taste as good in California as they did down South!!
I used to make grits almost daily when I lived in the South..and when we retired to California..I stopped making them. I must have sinned when I did that because nothing has tasted quite as good since then!

Rita said...

Love reading you, but it will be a while before I get to see green tomatoes. I have to tell you I have never seen them served in my little corner. Please come back with this post in August when I can give it a try.
Rita

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Ok, am I too late to have some. Love this. Not only delicious but so pretty. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Kathleen said...

Sounds like your were in heaven!
I am a RINY! :)
(raised in NY)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

I love fried green tomatoes and yours look so yummy!!

Designs By Pinky said...

I have never, ever tasted a frien green tomato! But after this I am on the hunt for some green ones to fry up!!! Thanks for the tip about the bottom of the bin! XO, Pinky

Kelly said...

You've got my mouth watering for those now! Thanks for the tip on how to find those green tomatoes too. In the summertime, it will probably be easier to get them too.

Madeline's Album said...

I have been to the Whistle Stop Cafe it is located in Irondale, Al.
I had their green fried tomatoes,yummy. I can not eat fried food now but I still fix the green fried tomatoes for my husband. Saw the movie it was great. Have a blessed evening. Madeline

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

The Whistle Stop Cafe is close to me, and they do have the most delicious fired green tomatoes! The tornadoes hit in the areas next to Irondale, so it was a close call for those folks!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I hope you all enjoyed your green tomato feast!


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