Sunday, July 17, 2011

Panko Fried Green Tomatoes with Sriracha Ranch Dipping Sauce


Southern cooking really shines during the summer months.  Dinner tables are feasts...fried or sometimes boiled okra, field peas, new potatoes, sliced red tomatoes, peach cobbler...and my favorite fried green tomatoes.


Since a few people have asked me...Let me clear this up.  Green tomatoes are unripe tomatoes, not a specific variety.  The more unripe the better, but it's OK to use tomatoes that are just starting to turn red...they will just have a more tangy flavor.

Now your grandmother never breaded her fried green tomatoes with Panko, but even some of the best Southern cooks have traded in their traditional breading techniques for Panko.  The reason being Panko makes a super crunchy coating.  But if you prefer a more traditional breading check try this recipe, Fried Green Tomatoes with Guthrie's Sauce.


Fried green tomatoes taste great by themselves, without a dip.  But I'm a dip person...So I want some kind of dipping sauce and I love Sriracha Ranch.  I eat it on anything...from fried okra to tater tots.  But if you're not into spicy food, try them with Guthrie's Sauce.


Panko Fried Green Tomatoes with Sriracha Ranch Dipping Sauce

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups panko bread crumbs
5 green tomatoes, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
oil for frying
salt

Place the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in three separate shallow bowls.  Dredge the tomato slices in the flour, then the eggs, then coat in the bread crumbs.  Meanwhile in a skillet or deep fryer heat the oil to 375 degrees.  Fry the tomatoes for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown.  Drain on a paper towel lined plate.  Season with salt and serve immediately with the Sriracha Ranch Dipping Sauce.

For the Sriracha Ranch Dipping Sauce:  
Mix together 1/2 cup Ranch dressing and 2 tsp Sriracha.

22 comments:

  1. friedn green tomato...omg, my mum made these all the time...one bite and Im a kid again. I will have to give these a try for sure:)

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  2. i will not stop just for one, will definitely ask for more..sound so delicious.

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  3. This is a magical dish, I fried some green tomatoes last month for the first time. Yum yum Diane

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  4. I love the crunch panko gives your dishes. I am going to Florida next week to see my family and your Fried Green Tomatoes will be on our menu. My mom is just crazy about them, and I know she will like your twist on them!

    Linda

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  5. They look perfect Bo and I'm sure we'll love th sauce. I fried some the other day with flour-liquid-flour and I think I'm going back to the can't-be-beat Panko.

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  6. I appreciate the clarification of the green tomato. I've never had fried green tomatoes and am always hesitant to pick a green one to give it a try, in case it was a special variety. Now I know. Love that dip.

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  7. We don't see green tomatoes around here until late summer or early fall. I have a wacky idea that I think I will try: fried tomatillos with a crunchy panko coating. Why not; and a nice sauce (for me maybe just hot sauce).

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  8. It's like heaven, Bo! Fried green tomatoes, sriracha ranch... yea, I think that would qualify as heaven :)

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  9. Oh, I am crossing my fingers that our tomatoes will come out soon...these look so fabulous...and I am for sure trying your dipping sauce with my very first batch this year :D

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  10. These look awesome Bo!
    From the Fried Green Tomato expert... once tomatoes turn red, they don't fry as well. The firmer the better.

    ...In life as well?

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  11. This could not be a more perfect recipe for me today! I was just telling my husband a couple nights ago that I really need to find a fried green tomato recipe to use some of the abundance from our garden. Thank you so much!

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  12. I agree that panko is a great revolution in breading and frying of everything. Love fried green tomatoes, and the sriracha ranch sounds like a really fun dipping sauce :)

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  13. You hit the trifecta - Fried Green Tomatos + Panko + Sriracha! Three of my favorites. Good thing I didn't see this post yesterday. I might have shown up on your doorstep. ;)

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  14. Oh, yeah! I could go for some fried green tomatoes now. Thanks for the sriracha sauce with it, never would've thought of that!

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  15. I have never had fried green tomatoes before, but they look fantastic! This is the first post I've come across to see this recipe. I definitely want to try it now! :)

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  16. Bo, great job here. It looks great!

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  17. Stephen,
    Let us know how that turns out.

    Sandi,
    I agree firmer is always better...lol...and you are the fried green tomato queen.

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  18. Oh Heavenly days this is calling my name!

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  19. I'd love to try the fried green tomatoes with panko, have always just had the cornmeal variety. Sounds great!

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  20. Sriracha does rock, no doubt. I have NEVER thought of it with fried okra, another of my favorite dishes ever. Will have to give that s shot.

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  21. Sounds and looks awesome. I haev never tried this, seems like an exotic dish. It goes on my 'to try' list.

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