I first tried fried green tomatoes in NYC at the best breakfast place- Clinton Street Baking Co & Restaurant on the Lower East Side. This recipe is adapted from theirs (they have an amazing cookbook!).
5 green tomatoes, cut into 1/2" slices
1/2 cup canola oil for frying
Dredging stations- there are three in total:
1) 1 cup all purpose flour, mixed with 1 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
2) 2 large eggs, beaten together with 2 tbsp cold water and a pinch of salt
3) 1 cup panko breadcrumbs, mixed together well with 1 cup ground cornmeal and a pinch of a salt
Dredge the tomatoes in flour first, then egg mixture, then the cornmeal/breadcrumb mixture.
More details after the cut!
Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Get the oil hot in a sautee pan, and then gently place the tomatoes into the pan. Do not touch the tomatoes once they're in there until you are ready to flip them.
I left them alone for 1.5 minutes, then flipped them over. I cooked them for another 1.5 minutes. I then took them out and placed them on a papertowel-lined baking sheet. I sprinkled a teeny tiny bit of sea salt on them.
Now, onto the jalapeno yogurt dip!
3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, tightly packed
1/4 cup lime juice
1 large bulb of garlic
1 medium sized jalapeno
2 tsp sea salt
Pinch of fresh ground pepper
1.5 cups of plain greek yogurt
1 tbsp milk
I put the first 6 ingredients into my small blender and mixed everything well. I would have preferred to use fresh lime juice but didn't have any limes, so I went with bottled.
I then added the yogurt and milk, and mixed it together again. I like using yogurt for the texture, tang, and consistency. The result: a beautiful dip that smells divine. The spice, garlic, lime, and cilantro all play nicely together, and the greek yogurt gives it some contrast.
You can use the dip with a lot of different things, and it goes very well with these tomatoes. You could have it on tacos, with potatoes, on the side with chicken or fish... there are a lot of possibilities. If you prefer spicier things, you can replace the jalapeno with a hotter hot pepper, just be careful that it doesn't overwhelm everything else.