Fried green tomatoes and fried okra are both a must in a Southerner’s home. It would be a wasted summer without this dish on the table a few times during the season. There are a number of different recipes out there for this treat, but I have made it this way for years, as did my mother before me. You cannot be a southerner if you don’t like fried green tomatoes and okra!
Ingredients Needed for Fried Green Tomatoes and Fried Okra:
Green tomatoes or Okra
All-purpose flour or 1/2 cup cornmeal
Salt and pepper
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Fried Green Tomatoes and Fried Okra
Every Southerner knows there is nothing better than fried tomatoes or fried okra.
- 3 or 4 green tomatoes
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour or 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 2 eggs
- salt and pepper
- dash of garlic powder
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup cooking oil
Slice green tomatoes into slices about 1/4 inch thick. In a bowl beat eggs with a whisk. In another bowl add salt and pepper and garlic powder to meal or flour whichever you decide to use for breading. There is really not much difference. The tomatoes in the picture have been done with both.
I usually have a bowl of flour and a bowl of cornmeal and I do about half the tomatoes in flour and half in meal. You can do the okra the same way or just use either one. Dip the tomato slices into the egg then the meal or flour. Have your oil hot and deep enough in the skillet to cover about half the tomato slice. Cook on one side, turn and continue cooking until a golden brown. Drain on paper towel.
For okra: Cut okra into 1/4 inch pieces and dip into egg and then flour or meal. Cook just like you did the tomatoes.