This Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese takes your grilled cheese to the next level. Perfectly toasted and loaded with mozzarella and fried green tomatoes.
As we near the end of summer, don’t be too disheartened if you’ve still got green tomatoes on your tomato plants. You can still make great use out of them!
You’ve probably heard of Fried Green Tomatoes. The are, after all, a southern classic (and also the title of a fantastic movie). But have you ever tried to put a Fried Green Tomato on a Grilled Cheese Sandwich?
It is heavenly. The cheese is melty and gooey but the tomato crispy and tart. Not to mention the crunchy buttery bread. It really is sandwich bliss and the perfect way to kick up your grilled cheese sandwich.
Just like any grilled cheese, these are pretty easy to make. You do have to make the fried green tomatoes first, but that doesn’t take too much effort. I’ll show you how, but first let’s talk a little bit about the ingredients you’ll need.
GREEN TOMATOES: Simply unripened red tomatoes. You want them to be firm. The more firm, the more they hold up to cooking without breaking apart.
DES TIP: Despite their appearance as little green tomatoes, Tomatillos are not the same thing as green tomatoes.
FLOUR, EGG/MILK WASH & PANKO/CORNMEAL: This is what you’ll use to coat the tomatoes. You’ll set up with an assembly line starting with the flour and ending with the panko/cornmeal mixture. The flour gives the egg wash something to stick while the egg gives the panko/cornmeal something to stick to.
OIL: You’ll use this for frying the green tomatoes. If you really want to keep things traditional, use leftover bacon grease.
BREAD: I love sourdough with my grilled cheeses. But you can use any bread that you like. A crusty french bread would work great too!
BUTTER: To butter the bread so it gets perfectly toasted in the pan.
MOZZARELLA: Mozzarella and tomatoes are the perfect pair and this sandwich is no different. If you want to spice things up try a combo of pepper jack and mozzarella.
STEP #1: Slice the tomatoes into 4 equal slices. Season with salt and pepper.
STEP #2; Dredge the tomato slices in flour, then dip in egg/milk wash and then press into panko/cornmeal combo.
STEP #3: Fry tomatoes in oil until golden brown on both sides, about 2 – 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
STEP #4: Assemble the sandwiches. Butter one side of two pieces of bread bread, place cheese on the non buttered side, top with two fried green tomatoes, more cheese and the other slice of bread with the buttered side facing out.
STEP #5: Cook the sandwiches until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown, about 2 – 3 minutes per side.
This is one of my absolute favorite go-to sandwiches in the summer. Served with a side of jojo potatoes, it doesn’t get much better!
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Note: This recipe was originally posted in 2011. It was updated with new photos, step by step photos and nutrition information in 2020.