American/ Appetizers and Snacks

Fried Green Tomatoes with Mozzarella

Fried Green Tomatoes with Mozzarella

Last week when I shared my recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes with Bacon Ranch Dip, I mentioned that I had recently acquired some precious green tomatoes. I say precious because although I have gotten some tomatoes from My Little Garden, they are not the right size for frying and I have had trouble finding green tomatoes in other places. So in order to take full advantage of the few that I did come across I decided to do something a little different with them. If you have been reading this blog for a awhile then it should come as no shock that it had something to do with mozzarella.

When I set out on this experiment, I had one failed attempt under my belt, but not with green tomatoes. I originally tried to make something like this before with red tomatoes but they just aren’t as firm so they got a little soggy. I knew the green tomatoes would be firm enough, it was just a matter of getting the right crust. I knew that I wanted a light crispy crust and while cornmeal is tradition, I decided that a mixture of light, crunchy panko and regular breadcrumbs would be the best bet for this recipe. The next decision I needed to make was how I was going to get the slices of mozzarella melted between the two crispy tomatoes. My solution was to fry the tomatoes until they were golden brown on each side then place a slice of fresh mozzarella on one tomato and top it with the other. I then continued to cook them just until the mozzarella melted. The tartness and crunch of the green tomatoes paired perfectly with the creamy saltiness of the mozzarella.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Mozzarella

Print Recipe
Serves 2 - 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium green tomatoes cut into 1/4 inch slices (you should have 8 tomato slices)
  • fresh cracked pepper and kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 4 1/4 slices of mozzarella
  • oil for frying

Instructions

1

Season both sides of the sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper .

2

Place flour in one bowl. In another bowl beat eggs. In a third bowl combine panko and plain bread crumbs.

3

Dip sliced tomatoes into flour, then the eggs, then dredge in the bread crumb mixture until coated. Shake off excess

4

Pour enough oil in a frying pan to coat the bottom. Heat over medium heat. Sprinkle a couple of bread crumbs into the oil, if it sizzles it's ready. Fry the tomatoes until light golden brown on each side. About 2 minutes per side.

5

Place 1 slice of mozzarella on top of 4 of the tomatoes. Place remaining 4 tomatoes on top. Gently press down, cook about 2 more minutes per-side or until tomatoes are golden brown and mozzarella is melted.

6

Serve hot.

Notes

As tomato season winds down, those of you without tomatoes growing in your back yard will likely find many green tomatoes at farmers markets. And if you do, snatch them up because this snack is too good to wait until next tomato season to try. Enjoy!

You Might Also Like

  • Oh wow, those look fabulous! I *still* haven’t tried making these. Maybe at the end of the summer–we always have some green ones left over.

    Mouthwatering photo! It says crunchy and creamy at the same time.

  • Oh this is gorgeous and makes me so hungry. I love fried green tomatoes but your panko coating makes it look so light and crunchy. And I love that gooey mozzarella. Wow! I have to try this!

  • Lesley

    Wow. That looks really good!

  • I think you left off the flour step … do you dip in flour, then egg then crumbs (standard procedure)? Nonetheless, they look so good, as do all of your recipes. I am so glad I found your blog!

  • Oh yes Julie you’re right! It is the standard procedure. Thank you for catching that and thank you for the compliments on the blog :)

  • Looks wonderful! What a great texture!

    By the way, I’ll be retweeting this on Sunday (@huggingthecoast on Twitter) as part of a special Labor Day Weekend Twitter Marathon.

  • Im glad it worked out for you this time, it looks amazing!!!! I fell in love with friend green tomatoes when I moved to the south but never before have I seen them made or served this way.. I like your way better! Cant wait to try! :) yum!

  • I bought green tomatoes with the sole purpose to fry them, but this idea takes that to a whole new level!! Brilliant!!!

  • zoe

    Wow this looks too good to be true! Great idea with mozzarella, you always find a creative way to use it!

  • I still have plenty of green tomotoes in my garden- great idea to use them up!

  • I love fried green tomatoes but never thought to make like this – they look delicious !!

  • I like the sound of adding mozzarella to fried green tomatoes!

  • J

    I have made a variation of this at home by adding bacon and making a panini sandwich…it is awesome you should try it.

  • I know my fried green tomatoes… and these look yummylicious!
    I found you on photograzing. I’ll be back again (if I can find my way)

  • Pingback: Fried Tiny Green Tomatoes « The Baking Dentist()

  • These looked SO good! And I had all the ingredients, so I just tried them. But they looked not even as half as beautiful as yours. The taste did just hit the spot though. Thank you!

  • The Baking Dentist: You’re welcome! I am so glad to hear that you liked them :)

  • Nelle

    Gorgeous dish. Our one bumper crop this year in our garden were tomatoes so we had plenty of the sweet greens to try this out on. Absolutely spectacular results! Great simple recipe. We served up risotto and a sunny side up egg to go with them. Delish!

  • Nelle: Yay! I am glad to hear that you had great results with these. The risotto and egg sound like the perfect accompaniments.

  • Pingback: Pick of the Pics: Best of the ES Flickr Pool | Endless Simmer - A Food Blog()

  • Jenniffer

    those sound really good

  • Pingback: 100 Ways to Use a Tomato | Endless Simmer()

  • wow.. it looks very delicious for a sunday breakfast with the family..

  • Pat Seymour

    I like fried green tomatoes, this is a good one

  • What a great idea! Fried Green tomatoes have been on my to make list for much to long. Now that I’ve seen this I’ll have to jump on it!

  • Pingback: Weekend RoundUP September 1, 2012 | My Daily Bread Body and Soul()

  • Pingback: Yaletown Farmers Market Recipes – Fried Green Tomatoes with Mozzarella | Yaletown Business Improvement Association()