Every season has its own special beauty and its own personal bragging rights. When it comes to food, summer gives us plenty of reasons to smile. Fried green tomatoes, fried okra, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, peppers, squash, and herbs more or less turn the smile into a pirate laugh.
Saturday morning, I knew what I wanted to make for breakfast before I even got out of bed. The green tomatoes and okra were calling to me from the garden. I could, honestly, eat fried green tomatoes and fried okra every single day and never complain. Delicious, delicious, delicious.
I washed, sliced, and plunged my green tomatoes and okra into a bath of beaten egg. Then I coated them with yellow cornmeal, seasoned with pepper. The true secret to great fried vegetables is using yellow cornmeal. Sometimes I use a mixture of flour and cornmeal, but I go with JUST the cornmeal most of the time.
I also change up what I fry the vegetables in. Butter flavored Crisco is a fun choice but Saturday morning I used a mixture of butter and vegetable oil. I fried the tomatoes and okra until they were golden brown, then removed them and rained salt over the top. Then I put them on a plate on the back of the stove to keep warm. On my griddle, I fried our eggs over easy while toasting the bread (with real butter, of course – big difference).
Then I threw them all together and we dug in as though our lives depended on it.
When frying green tomatoes, okra, squash, peppers, onions, or even cucumbers – I think it’s always best to kind of experiment. What floats my boat (egg bath + yellow cornmeal or yellow cornmeal and flour) may leave your boat docked. What you choose to fry your vegetables in greatly affects the flavor and texture. You’d never want to fry the food in butter alone, as it gets entirely too hot and brown, however pairing it with oil makes it much more reasonable.
Another great way to enjoy fried green tomatoes and eggs is to put them together (maybe with a little ham, bacon, or Canadian bacon) on a toasted English Muffin. The sweetness of a fried green tomato is positively Heavenly