Fried Green Tomatoes with Smoked Tomato Basil Aioli

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Oh, what I wouldn’t give for a plate of fried green tomatoes like we used to have at the cafe. Ooh!

Welcome to the first Progressive Eats virtual dinner! Come on over and grab a bite.

Progressive Eats is inspired by the neighborhood progressive dinners that used to be all the rage. For each course you visit a different participating house, enjoying the hospitality and creativity of your friends at each stop. Now that most Americans don’t live within walking distance of our friends’ homes, progressive dinners are a little trickier to organize — so a group of us decided to take the dinner party online.

Each month, we’ll be bringing you a dishes centered on a theme, chosen by that month’s host. This month our host is Lana from Never Enough Thyme, and she chose Summer in the South.

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Now, most Texans will deny that we live in the South and take the opportunity to remind you that we were once our own country, but it’s a big state, and much of our food is quite clearly influenced by Southern traditions. From biscuits to purple hull peas, lard-crust pies and peach cobblers, Southern food is the stuff we often long for when we think of “home”.

For today’s dinner party I decided to make classic Fried Green Tomatoes, and add a bit of local inspiration with the Smoked Tomato and Basil Aioli. I know, I know, tomato-on-tomato? But it works. The smoked tomatoes came from one of the local farms, where they slow-roasted them in big batches. If you can’t get your hands on smoked tomatoes, you can use sun-dried tomatoes or even dry your own tomatoes. Just be sure to use smoked paprika to get that depth of flavor.

Plus, if you have leftover aioli, it is fabulous on a BLT. Possibly life-changing, if you’re a mayo skeptic.

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Ingredients

    For the tomatoes
  • 1 pound green tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • Oil for frying
  • For the aioli
  • 2 smoked tomato slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 basil leaves
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Cut tomatoes into 1/2-inch slices and discard ends.
  2. Whisk together flour, garlic powder, chile powder, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl.
  3. In a second bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Add cornmeal to a third bowl.
  4. Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. When oil shimmers, it's ready to go.
  5. Dip tomato slices in flour mixture, coating evenly and tapping to remove excess. Coat in egg mixture, then dredge in cornmeal. Repeat with remaining slices.
  6. Fry tomatoes for 2-3 minutes per side, then let drain on a paper towel.
  7. To make the aioli, blend all ingredients together until smooth using an immersion blender or food processor. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve with the tomatoes.

Notes

You can "smoke" your own tomatoes by slicing plum tomatoes lengthwise and grilling them over high heat until charred. Use one tomato in place of the smoked tomatoes called for.

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Be sure to visit all the Progressive Eats participants to round out your meal!

Main Course
Never Enough Thyme – Creole Style Smothered Chicken
Appetizers
The Heritage Cook – Old Bay Shrimp Boil Skewers
Stetted – Fried Green Tomatoes with Smoked Tomato Basil Aioli
Bread
Savvy Eats – Jalapeno Cornbread + How to Store Cornbread
Salads
Miss in the Kitchen – Creamy Coleslaw
Life’s a Feast – Shrimp, Grilled Peach and Quinoa Salad
Soup
Spiceroots – Maque Choux Soup
Sides
Creative Culinary – Bacon and Caramelized Onion Creamed Corn
Pastry Chef Online – Spicy Succotash
Beverage
Healthy. Delicious. – Watermelon Lemonade
Desserts
Barbara Bakes – Key Lime Pound Cake
That Skinny Chick Can Bake – Banana Cream Cheesecake Pie

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21 Responses to Fried Green Tomatoes with Smoked Tomato Basil Aioli

  1. Jane, The Heritage Cook July 29, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    Towanda! These are fabulous and the epitome of the South! Perfect choice for our first #ProgressiveEats.

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  2. Jenni July 29, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    Tomato on tomato=genius! Love the combination, and I do love a big old thick fried green tomato, too. Hooray for Progressive Eats and hooray for Summer in the South!

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  3. Jamie July 29, 2014 at 7:16 am #

    Wow is this fabulous!! I think that smoked tomato aioli sounds like it would be a fabulous match with the fried green tomatoes! Do you know, I have only eaten fried green tomatoes once? And loved them! Now I have the recipe… along with a fantastic sauce!

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  4. Liz July 29, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    Oh, my! Now I’m craving BOTH fried green tomatoes and a BLT with your tomato aioli! So glad you brought these to the table today!

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  5. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes July 29, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    When I think of Southern food, fried green tomatoes always tops the list. A perfect choice for our progressive dinner.

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  6. Christine at Cook the Story July 29, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    The tomatoes look awesome, but that aioli sounds amazing!

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  7. Mallory @forkvsspoon July 29, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Fried Green Tomatoes are simply my favorite summer time treats! Love this pairing with smoked tomato basil aioli…what a combo!

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  8. Barbara | Creative Culinary July 29, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    I remember the first time I had fried green tomatoes (when I lived in Raleigh, NC) and I was beyond skeptical; assuming they would be hard rocks without any flavor. Could not have been more wrong and I’m a convert who realizes it’s been far too long. Add that aioli? Perfect.

    Thanks for joining the group Megan; love having a Texan with that combination of Southern and Tex Mex roots thrown together!

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  9. Julie July 29, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    I’m sad to say I’ve never had fried green tomatoes, but they are definitely on my ‘to-try’ list. I’ll definitely have to make them with this aioli (assuming there is any left after I make a bunch of BLTs!).

    Also, I’m not familiar with purple hulled peas, but they sound intriguing!

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  10. Ansh July 29, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Wonderful wonderful dish! This has summer written all over it!

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  11. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious July 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    I’ve heard of fried green tomatoes, but I don’t think I’ve ever eaten them. They look great!

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  12. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen.com July 29, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    I can’t wait to try this and now I have to have a BLT with your aioli too!

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  13. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme July 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    Fried green tomatoes are one of my all-time favorite southern recipes! A great appetizer for our progressive dinner!

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  14. michael August 7, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Oh I love fried green tomatoes!! They look delicious, I could eat 5 or 6 of these easy :)

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