Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Plant of the Week: Baby Tomatoes!

I just can't help it. It's that time of year when all you can do is wait in anticipation for harvest time (cut short by a few weeks by frying up some green tomatoes). This little one is an Early Girl who got a late start. (Does that make her a Punctual Girl?) For information on growing tomatoes, check out my very first post to this blog. This week I'm not detailing growing information, just getting lost in daydreams of too many tomatoes and not enough recipes! However, here's a few places to get some great seeds and starts: Spiral Gardens, Kassenhoff Growers, or the Seed Savers Exchange.

And hey, why not? Let's throw in a recipe for fried green tomatoes:

Prepare 3 shallow bowls: fill one halfway with milk, one halfway with flour and one halfway with either cornmeal and your choice of spices, salt and pepper OR a cornmeal based fish fry.
Slice 2 or 3 large green tomatoes about 1/4" thick and dredge through the flour.
Dip in milk and dredge through the cornmeal mixture.
Meanwhile, start a frying pan on the stove with high heat and more oil than you want to use (1/4" to 1/2" deep). Any oil is fine, I use olive.
Fry the smothered tomatoes until they're brown on each side. Set them on a little stack of paper-towels and dab them a bit to get rid of the excess oil.
Eat plain, with mayonnaise, or make a fancy aioli.

1 comment:

  1. I too am waiting on the tomatoes. We are watering them at the moment, full of anticipation. This morning I picked several chilies & peppers as well as some sugar peas & 2 zucchini! With the hotter days, we're hoping for abundance!