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Green tomatoes are simply unripe red tomatoes. Because they are not ripe they do not have the same flavor as ripe tomatoes. They have a sharper, more piquant taste which is mellowed by cooking them.
You've undoubtedly heard of fried green tomatoes, and sure enough, it's our most popular type of recipe in this section. The tomatoes are sliced and breaded, then fried in oil. This is a favorite in southern US states. You can top them with cheese or serve with a dipping sauce.
Another good way to cook green tomatoes is in a casserole or pie. The longer cooking time helps mellow the flavor further. Green tomato pies usually have some sweetener like sugar or brown sugar added, along with some spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to balance out the tangy tomato flavor.
So if have a bumper crop of tomatoes, go ahead and pick some while they are still green and try some new recipes. Or, if you have to pick the tomatoes before they are fully ripe this is a great way to use them up as well.
Fried Green Tomatoes with Buttermilk Dipping Sauce
photo: cookinginillinois Made with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, all-purpose flour, garlic powder, eggs, milk, panko bread crumbs, cayenne pepper, paprika, apple cider deep fryer Baked Green Tomatoes Made with green tomatoes, bread crumbs, olive oil, water, garlic, Parmesan cheese oven
Green Tomato Casserole Made with butter -- cut into tiny pieces, Japanese breadcrumbs (panko) -- as needed, salt, pepper and sugar -- to taste, lemon, onion, green tomatoes -- cut into 1/4" slices
Green Tomato Mincemeat Made with nutmeg, green tomatoes, apples, sultanas, currants, vinegar, lemon rind, orange rind, sugar, cinnamon stovetop Fried Green Tomato Benedict Made with cream, egg yolks, eggs, bacon, cut in half and cooked until crisp, self-rising flour, buttermilk, vegetable or peanut oil, for deep-frying, salt, firm green tomatoes Green Tomato Pie Made with bread crumbs, brown sugar, pie crust, green tomatoes, onions, butter, Swiss cheese, Muenster cheese, salt, black pepper oven Green Tomato And Onion Casserole Made with butter, Onion (thinly sliced), green tomatoes, cloves, black pepper, dry mustard, salt, sugar, brown sugar, all-purpose flour Country Fried Tomatoes (Red Or Green) Made with butter -- or more as needed, black pepper, dried oregano or basil, Parmesan cheese, dried whole wheat bread crumbs or Italian seasoned bread crumbs, tomatoes in 1/4-inch thick slices