Last week I talked at length about organizing your tomato harvest and finding creative ways to save time and money. It has come to my attention this week that various readers are curious about what they can do with their green tomatoes beyond attempting to ripen them indoors. So today I thought I’d share two recipes that I use for my green tomatoes, plus several links to recipes around the web that I thought looked interesting. Enjoy!
Green Tomato Soup
This recipe I adapted last year by checking out the wide assortment of green tomato soup recipes out there and fine-tuning it to meet my tastes. While it isn’t a soup I make regularly, it is a fun autumn dish to use those leftover tomatoes in a unique way.
1 TBS olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 large onion, diced
2 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
2 14.5 oz cans chicken broth
2 large potatoes, diced
4 large green tomatoes, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 TBS honey
1 14.5 oz can coconut milk
½ cup-1 cup fresh cilantro
Fresh mint (optional)
- In a large soup pot, heat garlic in olive oil. Add onions and sauté until translucent, stirring almost constantly.
- Add curry, ginger, cumin, and crushed red pepper. Stir for a few more minutes to cook in flavors.
- Add 2 cans of chicken broth. Boil.
- Add potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and honey. Turn down heat and simmer, covered, for at least 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
- Puree in a blender or food processor OR use a potato masher to mash up solids.
- Add coconut milk. Simmer for 10 more minutes.
- Add generous amounts of cilantro (and mint if available) just before serving.
Fried Green Tomatoes
When I first made fried green tomatoes, I prepared them southern style (cornmeal, eggs, etc.), but I found that I personally prefer them prepared Italian style.
1 TBS olive oil
4-6 TBS butter
½ cup flour
½ cup bread crumbs
½ cup parmesan cheese
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
3-4 green tomatoes, sliced
- Melt butter in a small bowl.
- Combine flour and half of Italian seasoning in a second small bowl.
- Combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, the other half of the Italian seasoning, garlic, and salt & pepper in a third bowl.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
- Meanwhile, prepare green tomato slices by first dipping the tomato slices into the seasoned flour, then the butter, and finally the bread crumb mixture.
- Fry each slice until golden brown on both sides. Serve warm.
When in doubt ask Google
In a quick Google search this morning, I came up a good list of links to other unique green tomato recipes on the web. Here are just ten to get you started:
Do you have or know of any green tomato recipes you’d like to share?