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Fried Tomatoes ala Grandma Eileen

August 21, 2011

I went to visit my mother today and brought her some of my garden tomatoes.  While she was eating one for lunch, sprinkled with black pepper and salt, she started remembering tomato recipes from her childhood. The first was when her mother would fry up tomatoes for her father in butter.  The second, I might make for a different day 😉

After driving home I decided that this would be fantastic to try for my dinner tonight.  I have no idea if I made it correctly, as it was just a short conversation, but it tasted delicious.

1/2 cup of flour
2 big heirloom tomatoes
6-8 Tbsp butter
Kosher salt

Begin by melting 4-5 Tbsp of butter in a sauce pan on a medium high flame.
Thick slice tomatoes, sprinkle with kosher salt and black pepper on both sides.

Measure 1/2 cup of flour and place it on a flat-ish surface like a paper plate – set aside.

After butter is melted and starting to bubble flour each slice of tomato (but only as many as will fit in your pan with room between each slice)
Tap off some of the flour and then place each slice into melted butter

frying tomatoes

frying tomatoes

Fry tomato slices in butter for about 4 minutes per side. The floured side down should get lightly browned.
Carefully turn over each tomato slice and fry again for another 4 minutes.

fried tomatoes

fried tomatoes

Remove from pan, place on plate and salt each slice.

finished fried tomatoes

fried tomatoes

Repeat steps for additional slices of tomato. If needed add an additional 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan before frying your second batch. Let this butter melt and get bubbly again before adding in new slices.

Serve with crostini or garlic bread. YUM.

Tips and Tricks:
1. Be careful with your butter, you have to get it warm enough to fry but not hot enough so that it burns. If it turns brown that’s ok but don’t let it burn.
2. If your butter does burn, pour it out, clean the pan and start again.
3. Don’t be intimidated.
4. If you’re wondering if your butter is hot enough to start, try one slice of tomato first. If it isn’t bubbling up around the tomato as it fries it isn’t quite ready yet.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2011 3:36 am

    oooooooo. i like this. i will have martin make it for me because although it LOOKS simple, i will probably completely ruin it.

    all this talk of tomatoes made me think of something my mom used to do when I was young. she’s slice up tomatoes and then sprinkle a little sugar on them. that was it! i haven’t had that since i was…6?

  2. August 21, 2011 9:11 pm

    Hey Girl! I made these fried tomatoes this AM – SO GOOD! Thanks for the idea!

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