These Fried Green Tomato BLTs are a delicious twist on a classic Southern dish!
We had a bumper crop of tomatoes this past summer. Granted, it wasn’t like Atlanta where we were giving away huge bags of tomatoes every week all the way until Thanksgiving. But we still had loads of tomatoes. And here’s the thing…garden tomatoes taste so much better than store-bought tomatoes. We’ve used fresh tomatoes in everything from Grilled Bruschetta to BLT Pasta Salad to Classic BLTs with a fun aioli. And we still ended up giving away tomatoes to my wife’s co-workers. (Usually we send in extra desserts, so we figured we’d balance it out by sending along some extra tomatoes, too.)
Sadly, all good things must come to end…including our garden. Tomatoes love hot and humid weather, and our temperature has been dipping into the upper 30’s here at night recently. Upper 30’s is definitely not hot and humid. (Although we have had a couple of random days of mid-70’s weather this week…not sure where that came from!) I was out in the yard raking leaves last week, and I noticed that we had several large green tomatoes left on the vine. I knew they would never ripen in this chilly weather, so I decided to use those last few garden tomatoes for a noble cause: Fried Green Tomato BLTs.
Fried Green Tomatoes are one of those iconic Southern foods. Truthfully, though, I didn’t really grow up eating them. (I also didn’t grow up eating grits.) In fact, the first fried green tomato I ever ate was in Atlanta. And get this…they weren’t even made by a Southerner! My wife, who is from central Pennsylvania, decided to whip up a batch of fried green tomatoes one day…and they were pretty tasty.
I can’t think of many fruits or veggies that actually taste good when they’re under-ripe. I still prefer a red, juicy tomato, but tart, green tomatoes are still pretty delicious…especially when they’re coated in a buttermilk + cornmeal mixture and then fried! But I took these bad boys one step further. I fried up the green tomatoes, and threw them onto a sandwich along with bacon and lettuce. And that Fried Green Tomato BLT was one heck of a delicious way to use those last few tomatoes from the garden! Have you ever made fried green tomatoes? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Somewhere in between?