Cajun Fried Green Tomatoes with Spicy Remoulade Sauce

Tomatoes are so plentiful in the gardens in the South in the summer that it is not uncommon to fry the green ones. Although panko is a popular coating for fried foods, resist the urge since cornmeal is definitely traditional.

Recipe courtesy Treva Chadwell for Cooking Channel
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 30 min
Cook: 20 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 12 saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Creole mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
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Directions

1. To make the remoulade, place the crushed crackers in a medium bowl and add the mayonnaise, chili sauce, horseradish, lemon juice, Creole mustard, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic and scallions. Mix well to combine. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or until ready to use.

2. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with paper towels. Lay the tomato slices on one sheet, sprinkle with salt and set aside for about 5 minutes to allow the tomatoes to release some liquid.

3. Whisk together the cornmeal and flour in a shallow dish. Combine the buttermilk and hot sauce in a separate medium bowl. Pat the tomatoes dry. Dip the tomatoes in the buttermilk, and then dredge each slice in the cornmeal and flour mixture. Place them back on the baking sheet. Set the other prepared baking sheet next to the stove.

4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil and heat until the surface is shimmering. Add the tomatoes and fry in batches, turning once, until golden and crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Place each slice on the prepared baking sheet to drain. Sprinkle with the Cajun seasoning. Serve warm with the remoulade sauce for dipping.

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