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Recipe courtesy of The Fickle Pickle

Fickle Pickle Fried Green Tomato Sandwich

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 55 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Tomato Jam:

2 tablespoons olive oil

12 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 onions, finely chopped

Four 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes

1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar

3/4 cup honey

3/4 cup brown sugar

Salt and pepper

Basil Mayo:

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic

1 ounce fresh basil leaves

2 cups mayonnaise

Cornmeal Breading:

2 cups yellow cornmeal

2 cups flour

4 tablespoons Cajun spice

2 tablespoons salt

Fried Green Tomatoes:

2 cups vegetable oil

2 to 3 green tomatoes

2 cups flour

2 cups buttermilk

8 slices sourdough bread

1 cup arugula

8 slices Pepper Jack cheese

1/4 onion, thinly sliced

Directions

  1. For the tomato jam: Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, garlic and onions and saute until translucent. Add the tomatoes, red wine vinegar, honey and brown sugar and cook until thick and jammy, 30 to 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and let cool. Refrigerate.
  2. For the basil mayo: In a food processor, combine the oil, garlic and basil and process until the basil is finely chopped. Add the mayonnaise and process until smooth. Refrigerate.
  3. For the cornmeal breading: In a bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, Cajun spice and salt until combined.
  4. For the fried green tomatoes: Heat the vegetable oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat until it reaches a temperature of 350 degrees F. Slice the green tomatoes into 12 to 16 slices, each about 1/4-inch thick.
  5. To bread the tomato slices, place the flour in one bowl, the buttermilk in another and the cornmeal breading in another. In batches, place the tomatoes in the flour and shake off the excess. Then place them in the buttermilk and coat them completely. Finally, place them in the cornmeal breading and cover them completely in the cornmeal.
  6. Place 4 to 6 of the tomato slices in the hot oil and fry them until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Remove the slices and drain them on paper towels. Continue frying until all the tomatoes are done.
  7. To assemble the sandwiches, spread some of the basil mayo on each slice of bread. Divide the arugula, cheese, onions, fried green tomatoes and some of the tomato jam among 4 of the bread slices. Top with the remaining slices and serve.