Fried Green Tomatoes with Basil Mayonnaise

Recipe courtesy Chef Lynn Crawford, 2009
Show: Pitchin' In Episode: Tomatoes
TOTAL TIME: 35 min
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 10 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

BASIL MAYONNAISE:
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    FRIED GREEN TOMATOES:
    • 4 green tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup buttermilk
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    Directions

    For the basil mayonnaise: Pulse the basil, mayonnaise, lemon juice and mustard in a food processor until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

    For the fried tomatoes: Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a shallow dish. Whisk together the buttermilk and hot sauce in another shallow dish. Whisk together the panko and cornmeal in a third shallow dish. Working with 1 slice of tomato at a time, coat the tomato first in the flour, then in the buttermilk and then finally in the cornmeal. Repeat this process with the remaining slices.

    Add enough vegetable oil to a large skillet to coat the bottom and heat over medium to medium-high heat. Working in batches, fry the tomato slices until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Serve the tomatoes warm with the basil mayonnaise.
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