I have found that there are four ways to get green tomatoes.
#1) You can watch your neighbor’s tomato patch grow, and when the time is right, ask for some;
#2) If the neighbor doesn’t want to give up a few….head over around midnight with a tiny flashlight…and pretend to check for blight or worms and if the tomatoes happen to fall off the vine, well…your reasoning is that you are just helping them keep their garden tidy;
#3) you could grow your own…but that’s a lot of work. I certainly don’t condone thievery, but a girl’s gotta’ do what a girl’s gotta’ do to get her fix; or
#4) Travel to Charleston, South Carolina and eat at “jestine’s kitchen.” I had the best cornbread and fried green tomatoes on a visit there. The wait staff was excellent and even gave me directions to a spot in town to go “shaggin”–that’s special dancing in Charleston. It was great fun and I’m going back again soon. FMI: Southern food with lots of soul- “jestine’s kitchen,” 251 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401
First, wash off the dirt and your fingerprints-just in case the neighbor is part of a CSI team. Medium slice and place in a bag of flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper and I add Cajun spice. No measurements-just use a little more cornmeal than flour and just enough to shake the slices around to cover them.
NOTE: If the tomatoes don’t seem too juicy, you could dip in some whisked eggs. That will make the flour and cornmeal stick a little better.
In the meantime, get out your cast iron skillet and heat up some vegetable oil –just enough to cover the tomatoes when you lay them in the skillet.
Fry them up crispy. I serve mine with some ketchup. You could get fancy and mix up some Remoulade sauce-Cajun style. Here’s the basic recipe I use when I think far enough ahead.
1 cup mayo (Hellmann’s preferred)
2 Tablespoons spicy mustard
1 teaspoon horseradish sauce (I use more)
1 Tablespoon chili sauce
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (adjust based on flour mixture)
2-3 shakes of hot sauce (prefer Tabasco chipotle smoky flavor)
Garlic clove minced
Mix it all up and let sit a few hours in the fridge.
Whatever you do, DO NOT invite the neighbor over for a taste!