Fried green tomatoes -*-

Yield: 12 + servings

Measure Ingredient
6 Large, firm green tomatoes
3 cups Flour
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.

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