When the deer visit our garden, it’s because our poor Nyla is hiding out from a storm in our laundry room. Nyla is an impressive deer chaser over night…..when she’s outside! They do not get away with any bounty.
Isn’t she pretty?
As you can imagine, with this sweet girl inside, the deer help themselves to green tomatoes from the vine; necessitating a quick tomato dish.
The ones they knock off and take one bite from are pitched. Others, just lying on the ground due to their clumsiness are used in this recipe. Hence:
Oven “Fried” Green Tomatoes.
So, this easily adaptable country recipe is just done in the oven, to avoid deep frying and accumulating too much fat. We learn to do this in the country at our mom’s knee……therefore, you’ve most likely seen this recipe elsewhere a thousand times…..so sorry if you have and this is so yesterday.
Yet, for those of you who may not know this simple deer invading problem solver…..here you go!
Preheat Oven to 450 degrees.
This is important….to oven “fry”.
Use a high heat oil…..like corn, canola, or peanut oil. Others will just smoke and burn— you don’t want that. Don’t use vegetable oil—–it’s soy based. Get it out of your cabinet.
- Wash and slice 10 -12 small green tomatoes (Or four large).
- Place them on a towel and season with your favorite salt-free seasoning.
- Let set for the juice to drain about an hour (this is optional)
- Break 2 eggs in a bowl for a dredge. Beat with a fork until blended.
- Place a cup of Corn meal onto a plate.
- Prepare two cookies sheets by placing a tablespoon of oil on each sheet and spreading the oil to cover the entire sheet.
- Line up your ingredients in this order–tomatoes next to the bowl of eggs, the corn meal, then the cookie sheets.
- Dip the seasoned slices of tomato into the egg and then dredge into the cornmeal.
- Place them on the greased cookie sheet.
- Once all the tomatoes are on the cookie sheets, brush them with oil.
- Bake at 450 degrees for about 20-25 minutes—they should be golden brown
2 Tablespoons soy-free Mayonnaise
1 Teaspoon SamBal Oelek —Ground Fresh Chili Paste (Found in International Food
Dip and enjoy!