Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4-5
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups fine-ground white or yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 medium green tomatoes, cored and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1½ - 2 cups peanut or safflower oil (for frying)
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Measure 1 cup of the flour into a large shallow dish.
  2. Measure the remaining 1½ cups flour, cornmeal, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper and cayenne into a second large shallow dish.
  3. Beat the egg, buttermilk, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl.
  4. Pour enough oil into a 12-inch skillet to measure ⅓ inch depth.
  5. Heat the oil to approx 350 degrees (a few minutes) while prepping tomatoes.
  6. Several slices at a time, drop the tomatoes into the flour & shake the excess.
  7. Using tongs, dip the tomatoes into the buttermilk mixture, allowing excess to drip off.
  8. Coat the tomato slices with the seasoned flour-cornmeal mixture, shaking off any excess, & place in a single layer into the hot oil and fry 2 to 2½ minutes each side. Transfer to paper towels to drain off excess oil & serve.

 

Cornbread Skillet

Cornbread Skillet
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp. Driftless sunflower oil
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, white & green parts, washed well & chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. cumin seed
  • ½ tsp. coriander seed
  • 2 medium potatoes, small ½” dice (or larger chunks if parboiled)
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded & chopped
  • 1 medium red pepper, seeded & chopped
  • juice & zest of 1 lime
  • 5 medium tomatillos, cored & chopped
  • 1 large orange or red tomato, cored & chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 can pinto or black beans
  • 3 Tbsp. cilantro, minced
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose unbleached white flour
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
  • ½ cup shredded jack or pepperjack cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large oven-proof skillet (10” - 12”), heat oil & add onions.
  2. Saute for a couple minutes & add leeks.
  3. After another minute, add garlic, cumin, coriander, potatoes, & peppers.
  4. Saute for a couple minutes & add lime juice/zest, tomatillos, tomatoes, salt & pepper. Continue to cook, stirring periodically, for about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees & prepare cornbread topping:
  6. Sift together dry ingredients.
  7. Whisk together egg & yogurt & mix into dry ingredients & set aside.
  8. Stir beans & cilantro into skillet & top with cornbread batter.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
  10. Add shredded cheese & return to oven for another 3-5 minutes, until golden & browning on the edges.