Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes aren't just in the title of one of my top 10 all time favourite novels; they are also one of my top 10 favourite foods too.
My friend Sally made me my first ever fried green tomato and I was hooked. She herself isn't even fond of them but she made them just for me, and boy am I glad she bothered.
They have a tart grassy flavour that is so fresh - grab a vine tomato and smell the stalks, tear one from the stem and sniff the freshly torn green. You will get a unique aroma that is lost in the ripening of a red tomato but is there in abundance in the harder green ones. It's something I can't get enough of and once you've tried them I hope you'll feel the same way too.
I made a great number of new converts recently, not least Irena (photographer for The Dinner Set). We had a winter barbecue and they were the perfect precursor to the spicy soft pulled pork.
They are very simple to prepare, for the tomatoes themselves you only need five ingredients and two of those are salt and pepper!
I think they make a great side dish for any buffet or barbecue, a quick and easy vegetarian starter or just the most perfect addition to a fried chicken dinner. You can serve them on their own or with a dressing. Some folks like mayo but I love ranch. It's great with most fried things and quick and simple to whip up at home with some store cupboard ingredients.Try it and you'll never buy salad dresssing in a bottle again.