FRIED GREEN TOMATOES
Nothing gets my dander up like the “mishandling” of fried green tomatoes. I grew up in Tennessee and I LOVE fried green tomatoes. What pinches my nerve is how they are served in restaurants….topped with crumbled goat cheese, drizzled with aioli, gussied up like hookers on Ponce.
Let me make this very clear: fried green tomatoes are a vegetable, a side dish to be served alongside the meat and the other vegetables. They are NOT an appetizer! Who the hell decided that they were an appetizer? My grandmother never served them with f*#ckin aioli! Just slice them thin, dredge them lightly in cornmeal and fry ‘em up….delicious!
Fried green tomatoes are routinely overbreaded in restaurants, the heavy coating completely overpowering the delicate tangy flavor of the under ripe fruit. It’s too bad that every “Southern” restaurant bastardizes this vegetable. They all deserve a nice fat knuckle sandwich…..with aioli on it!
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