This Wisconsin Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe takes unripe garden tomatoes and turns them into delicate but delicious breaded delights.
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How to Make Wisconsin-Inspired Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe
Believe it or not before you raise your hand and say that fried green tomatoes are a southern recipe, you’d be interested to know that this dish actually has northern roots.
Some say the difference between the southern version and northern version is the breading. The southern recipe uses corn flour and the north, white flour. From my perspective, both versions are absolutely delicious!
Maybe that’s why I love the idea of this recipe for Wisconsin Fried Green Tomatoes.
Because every year I grow a batch of tomatoes that never get fully ripe. That’s a problem for me because I don’t want to waste any homegrown produce–which would end up being some insect’s meal or worse yet–rot on the vine.
Besides, I’ve always wanted to make this recipe for years but was afraid to do so because I wasn’t keen on eating anything unripe or green–especially tomatoes.
So since I had all these green tomatoes on hand, I decided to turn to this recipe to transform what would have normally been tossed into a delicacy that now I can’t get enough of–all with the help of a bit of flour and a few well-chosen spices.
And, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say, too, that with a bit of light frying you’ll be amazed at how tender these delicious green tomato nuggets are and taste.
Did You Know? This little-known recipe got a big boost in the movie of the same name: “Fried Green Tomatoes.” The movie was based off the book, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, written by Fannie Flagg. And, while the café did make fried green tomatoes, according to Bon Appetite. the recipe wasn’t as “southern” as folks seem to think. It actually has strong northern roots.
It’s definitely a win-win situation. Best of all my tastebuds are the wiser for it, too! Enjoy!
Delectable Tomato Recipes
For more delicious tomato-inspired recipes be sure to check these out:
- Cheesy Tomato Onion Tart
- Tomato Sauce Recipe with Butter and Onions
- Classic Tomato Caprese Salad
- Spanish Catalan Tomato Bread
- French Tomato Bisque Soup
Wisconsin Fried Green Tomatoes
- 4 cups green tomatoes sliced
- 1 cup flour all purpose
- 1 tsp Hungarian sweet paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- vegetable oil
- Slice the green tomatoes cross-wise.
- In a bowl, place flour, paprika, and garlic powder. Stir well to combine.
- Dredge all of the green tomato slices on both sides in the flour mixture. Then gently pat each side to remove any extra flour. Place the floured green tomatoes on a plate.
- In a high sided fry pan, add oil and heat to 350 degrees F.
- Fry breaded tomatoes until lightly browned on both sides, about 7-10 minutes total. Remove and cool briefly on paper towels.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!