What came first the tomato or the movie? I asked myself as I the gather the ingredients from the refrigerator. According to an article The Hollywood Effect: How Fried Green Tomatoes Became a Southern ‘Classic’, the author states that this delicacy has been around for much longer than the movie. Like, I’m sure many of you, I always believed that fried green tomatoes were invented in the American South, and thus became a classic Southern dish whose popularity spread around the country. But the article’s author found evidence that people in the North were eating unripe tomatoes this way since the late 1880s. WHAT?!!
The article is quite a fascinating one and I highly recommend reading it. It digs deep into the early history of the fried green tomato and follows it up to the release of the popular Fried Green Tomatoes movie (it was actually a book first), and into modern day. Regardless of what the actually history is, fried green tomatoes taste fantastic.
Was it that I added Fried Green Tomatoes to my Netflix queue or that I saw the green tomatoes at the market and was inspired to watch the movie? I guess it really doesn’t matter because I loved the movie and I love those crispy slices of fried green tomatoes.
My fried green tomatoes are not like those delectable ones in the movie, for starters, the grainy cornmeal that is traditionally used is not sold here. Very unfortunate. Also I’m quite fond of liberally seasoning the batter of anything I will be frying. Lastly, I had to add my own touch to the fried green tomatoes. I made a very simple, but flavourful salsa to use as a topping or for dipping the fried tomatoes into. The results were quite amazing, so much so that hubby and I devoured the whole batch in about ten minutes. I’m keeping an out for more unripe, green tomatoes so I can prepare another batch.
The recipe was published on my Spicy Food column, click below to go see it.