Fried Green Tomatoes

Frost! We had frost last night! It took most of our tomato plants and left us with many, many, many green tomatoes. They will ripen off the vine, most of them anyway. The ripe San Marzano and Ailsa Craig tomatoes will be used for seed, since we will be growing them again next year.

We had so many green tomatoes that we decided to fry a few of them.

First I sliced up some green tomatoes and some zucchini. I used San Marzano and Ailsa Craig tomatoes. I think the Ailsa Craigs were juicier and just better for this particular purpose.

I mixed up some cornmeal and flour, about half and half, added salt, pepper and onion powder. In another bowl I mixed a couple of eggs with some water and beat them until they 
were foamy.

I put the slices into the egg, then into the cornmeal-flour mix. Some people (hubby included) like to "double dip" for frying. "Double dipping" is putting the wet veggie into the the egg and flour twice - egg, flour, egg, flour. I don't like to do this as it fills the eggs bowl with dried stuff and just makes a big mess.
Turn the slices over and fill the holes with the dry mix. Put them into the hot oil in the pan.

Fry the battered tomatoes and zucchini in the oil until they are a golden brown. Fry them as long as possible to cook the vegetables until tender.

Mmmmm! Fried green tomatoes and fried zucchini!
Let them cool a bit before you try to eat them. They will be very hot!! You can pick them up right off the plate and eat them with your fingers, or you can be fancy and eat them with a fork on their own little plate. You can also serve them as a side dish with dinner.