MSM and Fried Green Tomatoes

I don’t recall hearing about Fried Green Tomatoes until I saw a movie in 1991 called Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe. The movie, based on a 1987 book of the same name by Fannie Flag, starred two box office heavy hitters, Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy, and two relatively newcomers, Mary Stuart Masterson (MSM) and Mary Louise Parker. I was a big fan of MSM from two of her earlier movies, Chances Are and Some Kind of Wonderful and decided to give the movie a chance. The movie was decent, but it opened up a curiosity for what this green tomato dish was.

The only green tomatoes I had heard of before were the unripe kind. I soon learned that green was just another variety grown all over the world. For a recent gourmet club, I had responsibility for appetizers and the theme was “Soul Food”. I went through a number of ideas but kept coming back to the fried green tomatoes. I hadn’t made them before, so I thought I’d give it a try.

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These were very tasty.

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There is a whole lot of ingredients that come together for this dish.

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The tomatoes go into dry, then wet, then dry.

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And into the oil.

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I decided to make a dip that I stole from the blooming onion recipe I’ve made for the blog.

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An awesome dish.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Makes: 4 to 6 servings


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 medium-size green tomatoes, cut into 1/3-inch slices
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste

For the dip:

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon drained horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Mix the dip ingredients and refrigerate.

Combine egg and buttermilk; set aside.

Combine 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, cornmeal, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl or pan.

Dredge tomato slices in remaining 1/4 cup flour; dip in egg mixture, and dredge in cornmeal mixture.

Pour oil to a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch in a large cast-iron skillet; heat to 375°. Drop tomatoes, in batches, into hot oil, and cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels or a rack. Sprinkle hot tomatoes with salt.


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Categories: appetizer, Fried, Fruit 2, kosher, Lunch3, Recipes, Sidedish2, snack, vegetable3, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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12 Comments on “MSM and Fried Green Tomatoes”

  1. March 13, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Reblogged this on Three by M.E./Rhymes of the Times.


  2. March 13, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    I LOVE fried green tomatoes 🙂 yum


  3. March 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    I used to use a batter, but now I just fry my green tomatoes in butter. Works for me. Not a cayenne pepper devotee, but I must might give your recipe a try. Thanks for posting it.


  4. March 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses.


  5. Lori M.
    March 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    Sounds like you were crushing a little bit on MSM…who does slightly resemble the lovely Mrs. Ranting Chef 🙂


  6. March 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    I am with you on this one. Having not grown up in the South, I had never heard of fried green tomatoes until I saw the movie. Even then it took me several years to find a restaurant that served them. Once I tried them, I was hooked, of course. I have yet to make them myself since it is so hard to find green tomatoes in the store.

    I also share your appreciation for Ms Masterson. Besides FGT, my favorite movies by her are Bed of Roses and Benny and Joon. She is a fine actress.


  7. March 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    That looks great! I have to reblog!


  8. March 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Reblogged this on Miss Food Crazy and commented:
    An awesome recipe from one of my fellow foodies!


  9. March 13, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    Reblogged this on myfamilyrecipes2u and commented:
    I love fried green tomatoes, can’t wait for summer tomatoes. I’m going to try this for sure.


  10. March 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    I loved the movie…. maybe for you it was too much of a ‘chick flick’! As always – this recipe looks fabulous!!!


  11. March 14, 2014 at 3:11 am #

    Great recipe! Finally I know how to make them!


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