Fried Green Tomatoes with Buttermilk Sauce


Tomatoes - Summer 2016
Serves 4
Total time: 1 Hour, 6 Minutes


3 green tomatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more for serving
1/2 cup (2 oz.) all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten
1/3 cup plain yellow cornmeal
1/3 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
3 cups vegetable oil
2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 ounces (1 cup) feta cheese, crumbled, divided


1. Set a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet. Place tomato slices on wire rack, and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Turn slices over, and sprinkle with another 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Let stand 30 minutes. Blot tomatoes dry with paper towels.

2. Place flour in a shallow dish. Place eggs in a second shallow dish. Stir together cornmeal and breadcrumbs in a third shallow dish. Working with 1 slice at a time, dredge tomato slices in flour; dip in eggs, shaking off excess. Dredge slices in breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere. Place tomatoes in a single layer on wire rack.

3. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium-high. (When a few breadcrumbs dropped in the oil sizzle, it’s ready for frying.) Fry tomatoes, in batches, until golden brown and crisp, turning halfway through, about 2 minutes per side. (Be careful not to overcrowd the skillet.) Transfer to wire rack to drain. Top each tomato with a pinch of salt.

4. Whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, dill, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Whisk in black pepper, 1/2 cup of the feta, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the dressing onto each plate; add 3 or 4 tomato slices. Sprinkle with dill and remaining 1/2 cup feta.

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