13 Delicious Ways to Eat Green Tomatoes
Don’t let your unripe tomatoes go to waste — tart green tomatoes are a true delight. Whether you fry them, bake them or slice them up for salads and sandwiches, they’re always sure to please.
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Marinated Green Tomatoes
Not to be confused with heirloom varieties that are green when fully ripe, these recipes call for green tomatoes — or, those lovely unripe tomatoes that are left in your garden when the growing season ends. Although you're done growing tomatoes for the year (and it's too late for them to ripen on the vine) there are lots of delicious ways to use these culinary gems. Green tomatoes have a dense texture that allows them to stand up to a variety of cooking methods — and their tart flavor brings a welcome freshness to rich or spicy dishes. There are lots of ways to eat them (including everyone’s favorite, fried green tomatoes) but this salad is a good starting place for beginners; simply slice the tomatoes, cook them quickly to soften and then toss with a tangy homemade dressing.
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Baked Fried Green Tomatoes
You don’t need a fryer to make great green tomatoes! Dip tomato slices in flour, buttermilk and a panko mixture for tons of crunch and delicious flavor — no excess oil needed.
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Fried Green Tomato Sliders with Goat Cheese Mayo and Tomatillo-Bacon Relish
Bobby’s tasty sliders are everything you want in an appetizer for a crowd. He tops fried green tomatoes with a tangy goat cheese mayo and a salty-spicy relish, then sandwiches each slice between a soft potato roll.
Pickled Green Tomatoes
Michael’s pickled tomatoes are a bit of a project, but they’re so worth the effort. He incorporates Fresno chiles into his pickle brine for a fiery kick!
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Fried Green Tomato BLT with Sweet Basil Mayo
Trust us — this is not your average BLT! Kelsey upgrades the traditional sandwich by swapping in pancetta, arugula and cornmeal-crusted fried green tomatoes. Don’t skip the basil mayo, either — it adds the perfect pop of fresh, herby flavor!
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Spicy Green Tomato-Avocado Salad
Celebrate green tomatoes with this all-green salad of mache lettuce, avocado and a spicy-sweet jalapeno dressing.
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Green Tomato Pie
Because of their firm texture and tart flavor, green tomatoes are excellent baked in a pie. Dip slices into a sugar mixture and layer with golden raisins, for sweetness.
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Green Tomato and Cheddar Pizza
Make sure you grill your tomatoes until tender and cooked through: Super-green ones take a bit of time to soften up while those turning toward yellow or just beginning to blush will get soft and juicy pretty quickly. If you have some bacon on hand, grill it up and crumble it over the tomatoes before the last layer of cheese goes on.
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Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches
Pickled green tomatoes are the star of this sandwich. After frying them, layer the green tomatoes with yellow and red ones on thick bread for a colorful vegetarian-friendly dish.
Fried Green Tomato Benedict with Easy Cajun Hollandaise
Green tomatoes get the brunch treatment with Valerie’s five-star eggs Benedict. She tops crispy fried tomatoes with poached eggs and a creamy hollandaise for a photo-worthy meal that will please any guest.
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Green Tomato and Strawberry Salad
Juicy strawberries and plump green tomatoes infuse this salad with freshness and color.
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Fried Green Tomato Parm Sandwiches
Inspired by a classic Parmesan hero, Jeff's easy-to-make sandwiches feature golden, crispy fried tomatoes as the centerpiece. Instead of using traditional tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, follow Jeff's lead and opt for layers of caramelized tomatoes and burrata instead; this milky-centered cheese ball is endlessly rich and creamy, and it'll take Jeff's sandwich to the next indulgent level.
Fried Green Tomatoes with Spicy Ranch Dressing
You can’t get better than Kardea’s wonderfully crunchy fried green tomatoes. Eat them as-is for a side dish or appetizer, or follow the advice of reviewers and use the tomatoes as an amazing burger topping!
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