Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese

I think that every day for the last week I have had a tomato. Whether it be in a salad, on a sandwich or just sliced with a little salt, I have been devouring them. But there is one kind of tomato that I wasn’t able to have until last night. A tomato that I anxiously await all year: the fried green tomato. Oh the crunchiness. The tartness. The down right home cookin’ taste of it. I have dreams about them and their salty goodness. And just when I thought they couldn’t get any better, I decided to try them sandwiched between crunchy French bread and melted pepper jack cheese. Lord have mercy.

I have been in love with fried green tomatoes since I saw the movie way back when. Every year I make as many as I possibly can. I’ve had some turn out amazing and some not so great and I think the key is to pick tomatoes that are very firm. I find that the softer tomatoes don’t hold up to the frying as well and as a result the finished product can be a tad bit on the mushy side. I’ve used unripe red tomatoes and the green zebra tomatoes and both work equally as well.

Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 3 medium to large green tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 – 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 8 slices crusty French bread
  • 8 slices pepper jack cheese

Instructions

1

Season the green tomatoes liberally with salt and pepper on both sides.

2

Set up an assembly line with the flour, eggs and panko. Dip a tomato into the flour, then into the egg and then press into the panko until well coated. Set aside and repeat until all tomatoes are coated.

3

Heat 1 inch of oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Drop a couple of panko crumbs into the oil and once they sizzle the oil is hot enough. Fry the tomatoes in batches until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with kosher salt. Repeat until all tomatoes are fried.

4

To assemble one sandwich: butter one side of 2 slices of bread, place one slice of cheese on the bread, place two tomatoes on top followed by another slice of cheese and the other slice of bread.

5

Place sandwich in non-stick pan over medium heat and cook until bread is golden and cheese is melted, 2 – 3 minutes on each side. Serve immediately.

Notes

Enjoy!

  • I lust after fried green tomatoes. It’s a little early for us here in DC, but in a few weeks there will be FGT coming out the wazoo.

  • So my boyfriend walked by as I was reading your post and he immediately said “Oh my goodness, you need to make that!!” When I told him it was your recipe he said.. “so, if you get pregnant will you be cooking things like that?” (I talk about your blog a lot, so he knew you were pregnant!) LOL I told him thanks to you I don’t need to be pregnant, I can just get the yummy ideas from you :) lol

    I adore fried green tomatoes..but I never thought about putting them on my grilled cheese!! Pure genius!

  • What a great idea to put the fried tomatoes in between a grilled cheese sandwich! They are good on veggie, salmon, tuna, or just plain burgers, too. I make them with cornmeal for a Southern twist.

    Enjoy last bits of sweet summer!

  • This looks fabulous! I want one right now! :)

  • TiffanyS

    I found your blog through pinterest!! And i am so glad I did:) This is the recipe i will be trying first! Being from the south green tomatoes are a way of life so I am so super excited to try it this weekend!

  • Dan

    i am so adventurous with food and always love to try new things and after seeing this recipe i’ve realized i’ve never had a fried green tomato!!! what is wrong with me?!?!? lol. I am now going to have my first one using this recipe. looks yummy. loveee tomoatoes!

  • Louise

    This was the best sandwich I have eaten in a long time! I was hungry for my “green fried tomato fix”…and this couldn’t have been any better! Thanks for your recipes – I am new to your website but not any longer!

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  • Shanon

    Love grilled cheese! Love green fried tomatoes! This sounds absolutely divine! Only suggestion I might have is to add a few other seasonings to the salt and pepper like basil, garlic, & onion and to grill both sides of the bread before putting the cheese and tomato on it, makes it super good! you could even do these open faced with a small salmon fillet for a well rounded meal.

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