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Contest-Winning Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

Contest-Winning Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

A quick and easy homemade salsa makes a mouthwatering addition to these fried tomatoes. The golden coating is so crispy, no one suspects the slices are light. —Ingrid Parker, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon fat-free milk
  • 1 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 4 medium green tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • FRESH TOMATO SALSA:
  • 5 medium red tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1. In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and cayenne. In another shallow bowl, beat egg and milk. Place cornflake crumbs in a third bowl. Pat green tomato slices dry. Coat with flour mixture, dip into egg mixture, then coat with crumbs.
  • 2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 4 teaspoons oil over medium heat. Fry tomato slices, four at a time, for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown, adding more oil as needed. Drain on paper towels.
  • 3. Place fried tomatoes on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine salsa ingredients. Serve with the fried tomatoes. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

2 tomato slices with 1/3 cup salsa equals 207 calories, 11 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 343 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 2 fat, 1 starch.