Yield: 12 + servings
|6||Large, firm green tomatoes|
|1 cup||Corn meal|
|1 cup||Milk, or more|
|Vegetable oil for frying|
|Small amount of bacon grease|
|Added to oil for flavoring.|
This is a very simple recipe, but one guaranteed to make one think seriously about cutting tomatoes off the vine prematurely just to make these goodies.
To prepare batter:
Mix flour, corn meal and milk in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Batter should be thick but workable. Too thin a batter will not stick to the tomatoes. Let rest for 10 - 15 minutes before using.
Meanwhile, slice tomatoes about ⅜" thick. Any size fruit will work, but the larger the tomato, the more spectacular will be the result. Coat tomatoes with the batter and fry in about ½ an inch of oil, until golden: 375 in an electric fryingpan, or at medium high heat in a large skillet. When tomatoes are done, stand them up on their edges to drain in a towel-lined pan so they will keep their crispness. Delicious hot or room temperature.