Fried Green Tomatoes with Fresh Tomato Relish (Gluten and Grain Free)

I am momentarily back in Indiana, the land of great tomatoes, and one of my favorite autumn treats is fried green tomatoes.  I made these gluten-and-grain free by using garbanzo flour, but the same technique works well with regular wheat flour.  Garbanzo flour is wonderful for frying foods and it is used in Indian restaurants for those crispy and delicious bhaji (deep fried vegetables).  I recommend using it for fried foods even if you are not worried about gluten, as it adds great flavor and color.

Because I also have temporary access to lots of beautiful, ripe tomatoes, I made up a simple relish to add a little fresh, sweet-tart flavor to balance out the richness of the fried green tomatoes.  For the relish I halved some Sun Gold yellow cherry tomatoes, Snowballs (the little white tomatoes on the side–very mild and sweet) and some red cherry tomatoes.  I tossed them with salt, cracked black pepper, white wine vinegar, and a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil.  The tomatoes here are otherworldly delicious.

The best tomatoes to fry are those that have a bit of a blush but are are still green–solid green tends to be a bit too hard for my taste.

Fried Green Tomatoes
3 or 4 large green tomatoes, cut into rounds
salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
garbanzo flour
2 large eggs, beaten
olive oil or neutral vegetable oil, for frying

Sprinkle the sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper on both sides.  Dip each slice in garbanzo flour to lightly coat each side, then dredge in the beaten egg.  Transfer the coated slices into a frying pan skimmed with olive oil, which you have heated over medium-high heat until it just starts to shimmer.  Cook until both sides are golden brown and drain on paper towels.  Serve hot, with the fresh tomato relish, if desired.  These are also nice sprinkled with crushed red pepper for a little heat.

Thanks for reading,


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7 Responses to Fried Green Tomatoes with Fresh Tomato Relish (Gluten and Grain Free)

  1. Christa Albrecht-Crane October 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    Wow! You're inspiring me so I'll head to my own garden to get some green tomatoes and try this dish. Thanks!

  2. Karen Harris October 9, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    I'm putting garbanzo flour on my list for next time I hit the Indian market. it just so happens that I have about 3 dozen green tomatoes on my counter right now. This looks delicious.

  3. Shawn October 10, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    I'm loving the fresh tomatoes with the fried green tomatoes!

  4. Kate@Diethood October 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    That sounds divine!!

  5. Angela October 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    Thanks all! I did another, far less healthy version, coming soon…

  6. Yenta Mary October 13, 2011 at 2:24 am #

    Those are absolutely seductively gorgeous!


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