A Southern Plate – Fried Green Tomatoes and Cheesy Grits

A late night posting of a well balanced Southern plate, with fried green tomatoes, cheesy grits, and blackened fish fillets.fried green tomatoes, cheezy grits and blackened fish 3

Sam and I finally made it out to the Gulf Shores beach this weekend.  Unfortunately, we only got to spend 2 hours on the beach because the rain drove everyone home.  Since the weather was bad we didn’t take any pictures.  We’re definitely going to try to make it back there before school starts.  However, we did get to stumble onto Oyster House for lunch.  We tried their stuffed flounder florentine, which was creamy and delicious.  As sides, we chose cheesy grits and turnip greens.  The cheesy grits really hit the spot!  It’s been on my mind and since I already had the green tomatoes at home, it made sense to make a Southern dish.  I adapted this cheesy grits recipe from Alton Brown on Food Network.

ground yellow cornIngredients:

2 cups whole milk

2 cups water

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 cup coarse ground cornmeal

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

4 tbsp unsalted butter

4 oz sharp cheddar, shreddedcheddar cheese wedgegrating cheddar cheese

Directions:

Place the milk, water, and salt into a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. boiling milk and water Once the milk mixture comes to a boil, gradually add the cornmeal while continually whisking. added grits Once all of the cornmeal has been incorporated, decrease the heat to low and cover.  cooking and stiring gritsRemove lid and whisk frequently, every 3 to 4 minutes to prevent grits from sticking or forming lumps; make sure to get into corners of pot when whisking. cooking and stiring grits Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until mixture is creamy.creamy grits

Remove from the heat, add the pepper and butter, and whisk to combine.  Once the butter is melted, gradually whisk in the cheese a little at a time. adding cheese into grits Serve immediately.cheesy grits

Print Recipe Here!

The cheesy grits taste like pureed mac and cheese.  So creamy, cheesy and yummy!  Will certainly make this again.

So I’ve always wanted to try to make fried green tomatoes.  I’ve heard the typical Southern preparation for it, dipping in buttermilk and coating in cornmeal or fish fry.  However, I really wanted to try to incorporate panko for a more crunchy texture.  So I experimented and tried making fried green tomatoes two ways.  One with cornmeal and fish fry, with a buttermilk and egg wash…IMG_9699IMG_9704 And one with fish fry and panko, with an egg and milk wash.  The panko version was exactly what I was looking for.  A crunchy light outer coating and you still have all the great seasoning underneath.  I found that the cornmeal version is a bit more dense and not as flavorful.green tomatoessliced green tomatoes

Ingredients:

4 green tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds

salt and freshly ground black pepper

3/4 cup fish fry

1 tbsp garlic powder

4 eggs

2 tbsp milk

1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Pinch of paprika

Oil for frying

panko bread crumbsZatarain's Fish Fry

Directions:
Lightly season tomatoes, on both sides, with salt and pepper.  Place fish fry and garlic powder in a shallow dish.fish fry  In another shallow dish, beat eggs with the milk. eggs and milk In another dish, mix panko with cayenne and paprika.panko, cayenne and paprikaDredge tomatoes through the fish fry mixture, then the eggs, and then through the panko mixture.
coating in fish fryegg and milk washcoating in panko breaded green tomatoes
side view breaded green tomatoes
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add only a few pieces to the pan at a time, so they can cook evenly, about 2 to 3 minutes. frying green tomatoesfrying second side green tomatoes Drain on paper towels. fried green tomatoes closeup Serve immediately.inside of fried green tomato
Print Recipe Here!blackened fish fillets

I made some blackened fish to pair up with the fried green tomatoes and cheesy grits.  Delicious! =)fried green tomatoes, cheezy grits and blackened fish 2fried green tomatoes, cheezy grits and blackened fish 1

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