“I miss the smell of coffee, and bacon fryin’. Oh and what I wouldn’t give for a plate of fried green tomatoes like we used to have at the cafe.” Name that movie! That;s right, it’s my absolute favorite of all time: Fried Green Tomatoes. From the first time I saw it, I fell in the love with the story of Idgie and Ruth, their friendship and the little town of Whistle Stop, Alabama. Naturally, I also happen to love the dish that is the story’s namesake so when my friend Champ offered to give me some green tomatoes I knew exactly what I was going to do with them. And it involved bacon ranch dip. Yes, I said bacon ranch.
When making Fried Green Tomatoes, bacon drippings seem to be the traditional oil used for frying them. And with good reason, it gives them a nice bacon-y flavor that green tomatoes fried in vegetable oil just don’t have. However, since I don’t happen to have bacon drippings in my refrigerator that often, whenever I make fried green tomatoes I have to fry the bacon first. But then what do you do with the bacon? Since eating all 4 slices myself seemed a wee bit selfish, and since I love serving these tomatoes with ranch dip, I made the executive decision to add the crumbled bacon to the ranch dip so that I could share with everyone. Wasn’t that nice of me?
Updated September 2014: When I first posted this in 2009, I had made fried green tomatoes a few times but in the last few years since we’ve owned a house with a space for a garden, I’ve had the chance to make Fried Green Tomatoes more then I can count. During that time I feel like I’ve kind of perfected the process. The only really major change I made to this recipe is to mix the cornmeal with panko for a little more of a light crunch. It is such an improvement, it’s the only way I make them anymore! I hope you enjoy them just as much as us :)
And if you haven't seen Fried Green Tomatoes yet, I highly recommend you rent it. Or I could always recite it for you line for line, but that might be weird.
My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »
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