Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lightened-Up and Vegan "Fried Green Tomatoes"

I'm home for the weekend, and although Fall has arrived, I've been lucky enough to be here for the last of the garden vegetables. My mom's friend brought her all of these beautiful tomatoes, and I knew exactly what I was gonna do with them when I saw them. You can use any kind of tomato, but the variety of them is best. Just make sure that they're not overly ripe. PS: This really is Heaven on your tastebuds.

Ingredients:

3 cups green, orange, and red tomatoes, sliced
3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1/3 cup all purpose flour
3 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1/2 orange
Garlic salt
Black pepper
Crushed red pepper
Oregano/thyme (optional)
1/8 cup Triscuits, crushed (optional)

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pour about half of the olive oil evenly onto a large baking sheet. Next, sprinkle the flour evenly across the baking sheet, followed by half of the panko bread crumbs and half of the juice from the orange. Add a dash of garlic salt and black pepper.

2. Lay the tomatoes out evenly on one layer of the baking sheet. Pour the remaining oil over them. Next, sprinkle the flour,  the other half of the panko breadcrumbs, garlic salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, other herbs, juice from the orange, and finally the crumbled Triscuits.

3. Bake at 400 for about 30 minutes. If the breadcrumbs are not yet crispy, broil until crispy, about 5 minutes. Serve over pasta in olive oil, the juice from the remaining half of the orange, salt pepper, and a dash or two of cayenne pepper. (The combination of sweet and spicy will keep you happy all day).

4 comments:

  1. That pasta w/ fried green tomatoes looks so scrumptious! I can't wait to try your recipe - thanks for the inspiration :)

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    1. You're welcome! Glad that it inspired you! ❤

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  2. I've never tried fried green tomatoes - but they fascinate me. I try to avoid added a lot of added oil, so baking is a great idea! And on pasta - cool!

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    1. I agree! I used as little oil as possible...you can probably substitute a tablespoon of unsweetened nondairy milk for a tablespoon of oil here. Layering the breading on the baking pan before adding the tomatoes instead of taking the time to bread them individually makes this recipe a lot easier with less clean up too! ❤

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