Monday, September 21, 2009

Tyler Florence's Fried Green Tomatoes-- and the cat's out of the bag...




The other day, I noticed some green tomatoes at my local farm stand. They were so pretty, that I had brainstorm that I would try to make Fried Green Tomatoes. There was only one hurdle I needed to cross-- I had never eaten fried green tomatoes, and I've never made them...


Tyler Florence to the rescue! Tyler has roots in the south, so I chose his recipe. I did see that the queen of Butter and Fried Foods, "Paula Deen" had a recipe that used a lot more oil that I'm willing to cook with. Food Networks  irritating stars "The Neely's" (love their recipes, but Gina... calm down!) used panko crumbs, but I envisioned using corn meal. I love the crunch of corn meal, and I felt it would be more authentic as a Southern dish. For the record, I think Paula Deen is a lot of fun to watch-- her cackle and her recipes look scrumptious. I love Southern Food! However, I struggle to limit how much fried food I eat, so I don't make it often. I would, if I could!


The recipe looked easy enough...


Tyler says to slice them about 1/2" thick..


I set up a dish with 3 cups of flour, seasoned with garlic powder and cayene... the second shot is me realizing I forgot the cornmeal.  In another dish, I poured buttermilk. Tyler recipe has a typo. It calls for 1/2 cup of oil and some butter, but there are no instructions on how to use the butter. I have a cast iron griddle, so I heated the oil and flavored it with the butter. Is this right?


I grilled these for 3-4 minutes per side and blotted them on a paper towel.


I rarely nosh on food while I'm cooking.  I broke my own rule, because I could not wait to try this. Tyler says to finish these with a squeeze fresh lemon juice and hot sauce. I'm a wimp, so I don't particularly like hot sauce and I was too impatient to bother with lemon juice...


Mercy!  Oh my!  I love this!  It's hot, and I was fanning my tongue...but the sweet and slight tanginess of the green tomato-- the crunch of the cornmeal and the cayenne paper was just right. My husband loved them, too.  I know this is a Southern Dish, but it's going to be a regular dish in my  repertoire. Oh, these are good.  I served these with a wonderful dinner that I will share later on in the week. I just have to tell you my little secret!


Now, I've been holding on to something a little too long and I have to say it.  There is going to be a very special Food & Wine Event in Carmel Valley, California this weekend. The event is called "Food & Wine Harvest to Table" at the beautiful Quail Lodge Resort. I have such a strong connection to the luxury resort, because this was my first job-- working the front desk and reservations. I also got married here (um, in a previous life...before Craig).  But the most exciting thing for me...


I get to meet see the guest celebrity chef-- Tyler Florence!!!

Yes, my dear foodie friend/food writer/cookbook author and all-around Food & Wine Guru,  Dorothy (who knows Tyler Florence) is involved in this event and I offered to be her personal slave volunteer to have a chance to see him up close and personal. If I'm a really good girl, I will be able to attend the evening private party.  I'm already trembling with the thought of stammering asking Tyler for a photograph... though I suspect I will be one of many folks wanting to do the same thing. I'm going to hang on to Dorothy's coat tails, hoping to get one personal "Hello" from Mr. Tyler Florence, himself.  I'd probably drop I.Q. points and be at a loss for words, while my finger twitches on my camera button. Yes, I am bringing my camera and 100 extra batteries. I will be blogging about this.

It seems fitting that I chose Tyler's recipe for my contribution to Tyler Florence Friday's.  I wish you could all join us-- you still can, if you buy tickets and can make it here. I'd love to meet you.

Excitedly,








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24 comments:

Debinhawaii said...

How fun and exciting for you! Be sure to get a picture with him and we'll put it on TFF.

BTW: Your fried green tomatoes look amazing too!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

First of all, congratulations on the opportunity to meet Tyler. I hope he's a fabulous as he appears. He's a southern boy (from Greenville, SC) so I'm sure his mother raised him right, as they say there.

I love fried green tomatoes and I've made up my own recipe through the years. It's similar to yours but I don't use the buttermilk. I bet the buttermilk gave it a better crust. I'll have to give it a try the next time I see green tomatoes.

Have fun with Tyler and we look forward to your post.
Sam

Judy said...

I love fried green tomatoes. My recipe is from Southern Living Magazine and it uses cornmeal and buttermilk also. It's easy and good, not too much oil. How fun for you to meet Tyler. I watch him all the time, one of my faves on FN.

Kim said...

I'm so happy for you! What a wonderful opportunity to meet Tyler! Now, the big question....what are you going to wear?? - LOL! I wonder how many hours women spend thinking about what to wear? The fried green tomatoes look delicious and cornmeal is the only way to go! They are really good on eggs benedict instead of using an english muffin.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Kim, that is such a great idea! I don't make eggs benedict, often, (Hollandaise is so good and so fattening), but when I do I would think this would be fabulous.

Marsha said...

There is absolutely nothing better than fried green tomatoes, and I feel for those who have never tried them. Mmm.

Stacey Snacks said...

you and Tyler have a thing going on!
He is a great cook, I love him too.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

What a wonderful way to use the green tomatoes. Here in Canada the weather turns before they all finish ripening. I will definitely give this a try.
Yay for meeting Tyler! We can't wait to hear all about it.

Valerina said...

Debby, Your pictures are beautiful as usual. The tomatoes and Tyler are gorgeous. :)

Monica H said...

I love fried green tomatoes. I order them whenever they're on teh menu, but they're not that common here, believe it or not.

There's a place not too far from here that sells fried green tomatoes and wonderful fried catfish- yum! They serve the tomatoes with ranch dressing and a side of hot sauce. I like to mix them.

Have fun this weekend!

Velva said...

Those Fried Green Tomatoes a true southern favorite! I think a little lemon juice and hot sauce sounds pretty good.

By the way, I think Tyler Florence ( besides his good recipes) is quite dreamy :-) Oh, I have my fingers are crossed for you that you are a good girl and get a chance to meet him. Please tell me that you will do a blog post about your evening???

bella said...

You are SO Lucky to get to see and hopefully meet Tyler Florence! He's our SC foodie hero and on the cover of our local magazine; the article is on how growing up here influenced his cooking (45 minutes north of our farm)...however, he lost his SC accent for sure! Tell him that if won't leave CA, that he should at least have a second home back here in SC!!!!

I just love fried green tomatoes and your helpful photos and recipe and sound wonderful! And yes, take a picture to post for all of us to see! Happy Autumn! Roz

Cheryl said...

I was lucky to have them one time and I have never forgotten. If I could find green tomatoes I would make this recipe! good luck with Tyler, tell him I said HI!

Simple Simon said...

As Fall is here, we will most likely have a few green tomatoes and I will most defintely give your recipe a try. They look great.

Thanks for sharing the yummy pictures of Tyler Florence too. I have to admit I'm a little jealous right now of your upcoming opportunity to meet him. Have fun!

Kate said...

You are too funny! I do love fried green tomatoes....have fun at the food and wine festival!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

What great fun to meet Tyler - he's a dynamo! And your fried green tomatoes look luscious. I only just sampled this for the first time last year in Memphis, and loved the taste!

Muneeba said...

You lucky duck! I'm so excited for you! Try memorizing a few smart things to say so that you don't become totally star-struck & say stuff you'll later kick yourself for in front of Tyler (which is what would happen to me!).

Marguerite said...

Those fried green tomatoes look dee-lish. Great recipe, too. Hope you gave a wonderful weekend!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Debby how fun! I will be eagerly awaiting your post about the event. Tell Tyler about your beautiful blog, just slip him a bussiness card! Your fried green tomatoes look so good, I'll take mine with extra hotsauce please!

Danielle said...

oooh how I love fried green tomatoes. They remind me of fried squash. And omg! I'm so excited for you!!! I can't wait to hear how it all went. WOOO HOOO!!!

Phoo-D said...

*squeal!* Oooh what fun! I don't know how you'll be able to remember anything with him in the room but look forward to reading what you can recall!

Jenny said...

Have a wonderful time and I hope you really do get to meet him!

Joanne said...

I don't know what I would do if I actually encountered Tyler in person. I might collapse.

The fried green tomatoes look delicious! I wish I could find them around here.

Michelle said...

Always wanted to try fried green tomatoes. So glad you found a Tyler recipe for them! I'm making these tonight!

Is Tyler as cute in person?