Thursday, September 04, 2008

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Prep time: 5 minutes
Total Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

1tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large green tomato/person, cut in 3-4 thick slices across
1-2 large cloves garlic, minced
1-2 large shallots, thinly sliced across
Sprinkling of sweet paprika
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Heat the oil and butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the shallots and garlic and cook slowly over low heat until the shallots caramelize (about 5 minutes). You want them golden and soft and starting to be slightly sticky. If they start to burn, lower the heat.

2. Add the slices of tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes, flip the tomatoes and sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper. Cook for another few minutes. I like my tomatoes on the softer side…they sweeten and caramelize with the shallots. Some people like their tomatoes with a little crunch and sharpness, obviously needing less time.

Fried tomatoes make a great side for grilled meat, chicken and fish.

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