Do you know the two different types of green tomatoes? There are traditional green tomatoes (that are usually an heirloom plant) in addition to un-ripened, red tomatoes. Both are delicious and can be used to make dishes like the Southern cooking classic, fried green tomatoes.
However, when it comes to traditional green tomato recipes, you may want to opt for the true heirloom green tomatoes to fry up and enjoy. The choice is yours and I suggest trying both to see what you like best.
As far as heirloom green tomatoes go, some of the best varieties include the Cherokee Green, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, and the Esmeralda Golosina. The Esmeralda Golosina has an intensely sweet flavor that might not be best for fried green tomatoes, but there are many other recipes you could use with that particular variety.
Fried green tomatoes are merely the beginning of all the green tomato recipes available online. If you’re looking to expand your use of green tomato, you’ve come to the right place. Read on and discover some green tomato recipes to enjoy this delectably sweet fruit.
Best Fried Green Tomato Recipe
According to the publisher of this recipe, you can use both green and red tomatoes for the Southern cooking classic. Just make sure the red ones aren’t too ripe or they’ll become mushy.
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The recipe calls for four large, green tomatoes, and it’s the batter that really makes or breaks it. Eggs, milk, flour, cornmeal, breadcrumbs, kosher salt, black pepper, and some frying oil are all you need. Toss them together and in 20 minutes you’ll have the best fried green tomatoes.
Green Tomato Salsa Verde
I don’t know about you but I absolutely love salsa verde. Traditional salsa verde is typically made using tomatillos, but I just have to try this recipe. The ingredients are 1 pound of green tomatoes, jalapeno or serrano peppers, white onions, salt, chopped cilantro, and a little water.
Sweet Corn And Green Tomato Fritters
This recipe makes light and fluffy little donut fritters — a delectable, sweet treat that can be served as a snack or for breakfast. You’re going to need at least 35 minutes to dedicate to this savory-sweet creation, but it’s worth it.
BLFGT – Bacon, Lettuce, Fried Green Tomato
This simple twist on the everyday BLT sandwich is subtle and completely changes the overall flavor profile. You’ll need a fried green tomato, thick-cut white bread, crispy bacon, special sauce, and a few slices of iceberg lettuce.
Green Tomato Ketchup
Did you know that green tomato ketchup is considered traditional ketchup in Quebec? This recipe is going to make about 12 cups for canning so you may want to lessen the load if you won’t be able to use it all before it goes bad. You’ll need 6 pounds of green tomatoes (about 30), salt, medium onions, white vinegar, granulated sugar, and pickling spices. I have yet to try this — but feel like it will have a similar flavor to relish.
Green Tomato Cake
If you like other varieties or versions of spice cake, you may be interested in this recipe. You will need green tomatoes, a few common baking ingredients, and a variety of spices.
Baked Fried Green Tomato Recipe
The same delicious treat with a healthier way of preparing it, Food Network has a great baked fried green tomato recipe with Cajun aioli sauce.
You will need about an hour of time for this dish, but it is so worth every minute of it. These baked “fried” green tomatoes and some creole mayo sauce are perfect for an upgraded BLT sandwich.
Fried Green Tomato Parmesan
Chicken Parmesan, eggplant Parmesan, and now you can try fried green tomato Parmesan. It makes a great vegetarian dish. Many people think this version is similar to an eggplant parm — but tastier with an improved texture.
For the batter, you’ll need Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs and eggs. The rest of the ingredients you will need are 10 green tomatoes sliced ½-inch thick, spaghetti sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan, and dried basil.
Bacon, Chicken, And Green Tomato Soup
I think this recipe would make for a nice summer soup. The combination of ingredients is delightful. If your tomatoes are too pale, you want to give them a little time before using them in this recipe. Otherwise, you might end up with a bitter soup. Pair with a nice thick slice of freshly toasted bread.
Green Tomato And Black Forest Ham Soup
This is a thick and hearty soup perfect for that end of summer weather that settles in right before fall. Sometimes that first frost rolls in and forces you to pluck your unripe red tomatoes. This is a good way to put them to use. With one hour’s time and ingredients like pancetta, carrots, leeks, and green bell pepper, you’ll have a delicious and hearty end-of-summer soup.
Green Tomato Relish
A tangy and delicious relish made from green tomatoes has a lot of potential in the kitchen. Put it on your sandwiches and hot dogs. Mix it into your potato dishes or pasta. You can use this like any relish and it’s going to taste great.
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The recipe calls for green tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, onion, garlic, ginger, and various pickling spices.
Green Tomato Bread
Pumpkin, banana, zucchini, and now I can add green tomato bread to my arsenal. This treat sounds so good, I want some right now.
Green Tomato Pie
You might not think of using green tomatoes in a sweet and subtly-savory pie but here ya have it, folks! The recipe is pretty simple, and the ingredient list is short. All you need is green tomatoes thinly sliced, sugar, cinnamon, salt, apple cider vinegar, butter, all-purpose flour, a pinch of salt, and enough pastry for a double-crust pie.
Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict
If you want to amaze your taste buds, you should try this dish. You will need four large croissants, thick-cut cooked bacon, eggs, green tomato, buttermilk, cornbread mix, flour, cayenne pepper, olive oil, hollandaise, pimento cheese spread, snipped chives, and 20 minutes.
Green Tomato Pickles
Oh yeah, this is definitely a thing and a delicious one at that (striped green tomatoes would make a beautiful addition).
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This recipe calls for a basic brine that requires green tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, dill, peppercorns, turmeric, sugar, and salt. Something I love about pickling is how creative you can get with the flavor, and this recipe could certainly be customized based on your preferences.
Green Tomato Pasta Sauce
It’s basically pasta sauce with a slight twist: No ripe tomatoes to be found. Some recipes call for pine nuts which makes me wonder how similar it would be to pesto. The ingredients for this sauce are green tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper, minced garlic, fresh basil, linguine, and fresh Parmesan cheese. It sounds delicious.
Green Tomato Tartines
Here is a great green tomato tartine recipe. Tartines are very much like an open-faced sandwich, and you can use any kind of toast or bread, but I think an everything bagel makes a good choice for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.
All you’ll need is the green tomatoes, an everything bagel, goat cheese, sliced red onion, fresh cracked black pepper, and fresh cracked Himalayan sea salt. It’s a simple and quick snack or lunch idea that can be revised in many ways: Add crispy bacon, fried green tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, or whatever else you fancy.
Savory Green Tomato Cobbler
For the filling, you need green tomato, green onion, olive oil, garlic, cumin, salt, ghost chili apple hot sauce, and brown rice flour.
The topping includes brown rice flour, nutritional yeast, baking soda, baking powder, salt, coconut oil, apple sauce, and unsweetened soy or dairy milk. I bet this is going to leave you craving more.
Oven-Fried Green Tomato Caprese Stacks
This is an elevated version of the tomato caprese. The recipe takes about an hour to pull together and will definitely wow you. You will need some large green tomatoes, buttermilk, eggs, cornmeal, all-purpose flour, kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, canola oil, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves. Add balsamic vinegar and make a nice reduction to pour over the stacks.
Grilled Green Tomato Tostadas
Add this to the menu for your Taco Tuesdays. All you need for this recipe is medium green tomatoes, vegetable oil, cumin, grated garlic clove, flour tortillas, Monterey Jack cheese, arugula, black beans, avocado, lime juice, and cilantro.
Are there any green tomato recipes you think we missed? Any original green tomato recipes you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you!