Fried Green Tomatoes

fried green tomatoes(serves 4)

Adapted from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, Deborah Madison

Fried tomatoes make a nice side dish or go well with a salad course but I think they shine on BLTs. Fried green tomatoes, cooked bacon, lettuce, lightly toasted sandwich bread and a pecan-bourbon mayonnaise make for an amazing BLT.

4 medium green tomatoes

¾ cup fine cornmeal

3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil or clarified butter

Salt and freshly milled pepper

Slice the tomatoes crosswise, 1/3 to ½ inch thick. Press each piece into a plate to coat both sides. Heat the oil in a wide skillet over high heat until hot enough to sizzle a drop of water. Add the tomatoes, reduce heat to medium, and fry on both sides until golden. Remove to a paper towel lined plate, season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.