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Charleston, US, chef Sean Brock, star of last week's masterclass series at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, coats green tomatoes in cornmeal, sizzles them up and serves them with pimiento cheddar cheese at his Husk restaurant, as part of his mission "to restore a dying cuisine in America". Closer to home, chef James Metcalfe lists sides of fried green tomatoes with buttermilk dressing Nike Presto Grey Yellow
Because it turns something inedible into something incredible, especially at the tail end of summer, when there's not enough sun to ripen those last few beauties on the vine.
Yes, if you grow your own tommies. Otherwise, ask around at farmer's markets or sort through supermarket displays for the green ones. Serve with sausages, bacon or pan fried fish.
Sea salt and pepper
The Bourbon, 22 Darlinghurst Road, King's Cross, 9035 8888
Firm, green, under ripe tomatoes, dipped in flour, cornmeal or crumbs and fried until crisp. Made famous Nike Presto Persian by the 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes, starring Kathy Bates, they have a uniquely tangy, almost lightly pickled quality that can only be described as fried green tomatoes.
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Fried green tomatoes
3 green tomatoes, thickly sliced
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2 tbsp mayonnaise
200g haloumi, sliced
Husk, 76 Queen St, Charleston, South Carolina, +1 84 3577 2500
Handful of rocket leaves
Heat the oven to 180 degrees. Dip each tomato slice Nike Presto Ultra
60ml olive oil for frying
Cooking time will depend on the level of (under)ripeness, so play it by ear. Nike Air Presto Womens Amazon
1 cup breadcrumbs
4 slices pickled beetroot
into seasoned flour, then egg, then crumbs, until well coated. Heat the oil in a fry pan, and fry the tomatoes in batches for 2 minutes on either side until browned. Transfer to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until tender. Fry the haloumi in a hot pan until golden brown. Heat the buns for 2 minutes, then spread with mayonnaise. Layer the rocket, beetroot, haloumi, fried green tomatoes and red onion in each burger and serve hot.
1 cup plain flour
on his new menu at The Bourbon, along with smothered greens with bacon, succotash of corn and peas, and crispy pork crackling with Cajun spices. Dan McGuire of Jazz City Diner dips green tomatoes in buttermilk and cornmeal and fries them until crunchy, offering them on the diner menu alongside gumbo, mac cheese, and southern fried chicken burgers. "We serve them as a fried green tomato salad with leaves and a classic green goddess dressing," he says. "The outside crisps up in the pan, and the insides soften and taste really tangy."
Fried green tomato burger
Add your favourite burger fillings caramelised onions, bacon, pickles.
2 eggs, beaten
Jazz City Diner, 238 Crown St, Darlinghurst, 9332 2903
4 burger buns or English muffins, split
half red onion, finely sliced
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