In pursuit of being a Proverbs 31 woman, sometimes you bring food from afar, and sometimes you get it from right here at home. Such is the case with our BLT using fried green tomatoes. Has there ever been a more southern sandwich?
I must credit my friend at Simply Southern for inspiring this recipe. She posted one the other day that got my wheels spinning, and when we stopped at the farmers’ market I couldn’t resist the call of the green tomatoes. Here’s what you’ll need…
Firm green tomatoes (approximately 1 per sandwich)
Bacon, fried crispy
Good quality hamburger buns (I get mine from the Publix bakery)
Yum yum sauce
1 cup flour
1 cup corn meal
2 tablespoons seasoned salt
3 cups oil
1 cup buttermilk
Heat oil in (preferably) black iron skillet on stove on medium heat.
In a gallon Ziplock bag, combine flour, corn meal, and seasoned salt. Don’t try to skimp on the size of the bag; you’ll need the extra room for shaking the tomatoes.
In a bowl, scramble egg, add buttermilk, and blend well.
Cut tomatoes into roughly 1/2″ thick slices. Firm tomatoes work best for this recipe, as softer tomatoes will be mushy after frying.
Place one slice of tomato in flour mixture and shake to coat.
Remove from flour mixture and dip into egg and buttermilk mixture.
Remove from dip mixture and return to flour mixture. Shake again. (Yes, both shakes are necessary for maximum crust flavor. You WANT maximum crust flavor!)
Place into hot oil for frying and repeat with other tomato slices.
When tomatoes are golden brown and crispy, remove to plate covered with paper towel.
Slice hamburger buns (If you buy the bakery buns, they aren’t usually sliced) and spread both sides with a smidge of butter. Stick in oven for about three minutes to toast.
Now you are ready to build your sandwich. I put yum yum sauce on the bottom bun, add two to three fried green tomatoes, add three slices of bacon, add lettuce, and spread more yum yum sauce on the top bun.
And then I die.
Y’all make these for your family and let me know how they like them. My guess is that they’ll thank you profusely and beg for more. They might even rise up and call you blessed.