Fried Green Tomatoes


Serves 4

2 large green (unripe) tomatoes, cut into slices 1/3-inch thick
1 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
1 cup cornmeal
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. parmesan cheese, finely grated
Vegetable oil for frying

Lay tomato slices over paper towels and sprinkle 1/2 tsp. salt over them evenly. Let sit 20 minutes and pat off any excess liquid.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix cornstarch, smoked paprika, pepper, 1/2 tsp. salt and parmesan cheese. Set aside.

Heat oil in a drying pan over high heat (there should be just enough oil to cover the surface of the pan). Dip a tomato slice in the egg wash, then into the cornmeal mixture. Place slice in hot oil, and repeat with as many slices that will fit into the pan at once without over-crowding. Fry on each side for 2-3 minutes, carefully turning slices over with a pair of tongs. The coating is fragile and can chip off if flipped too roughly. Repeat with remaining slices as necessary, changing the oil if it becomes too dirty. Serve hot with your favourite dipping sauce, or in a sandwich.