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green tomatoes--what else besides fried?

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rudysmom Aug 20, 2007 04:34 AM

due to a freak windstorm, i lost most of a tomato plant and have a bunch of green tomatoes looking for a home. need ideas.
(also, i'm not the preserving type, so nothing in jars.)

  1. MMRuth Aug 20, 2007 05:07 AM

    Wondering the same thing - bought just two at the farmer's market this weekend but have never cooked them.

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      Roger Spark Aug 20, 2007 05:13 AM

      Pickle them or make Green Tomato Jelly.

      edit: The first time I read this, I missed your "nothing in jars remark". However, the jelly really is easy to make.

      You could make some Green Tomato Pies
      http://southernfood.about.com/od/toma...

      1. sixelagogo Aug 20, 2007 05:29 AM

        how about a green tomato salsa?

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          rockycat Aug 20, 2007 06:27 AM

          Tomato pie. Just substitute green tomatoes for the apples in your favorite apple pie recipe. Raisins make a nice addition. I know the idea sounds odd but it really does work.

          Still, my favorite use is fried green tomatoes remoulade.

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          1. re: rockycat
            alanbarnes Aug 20, 2007 08:47 AM

            Or do a tomato-apple pie; half green tomatoes, half apples.

            Depending on how much you have, the pie filling freezes reasonably well.

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            delaneymae Aug 20, 2007 08:34 AM

            Paula Deen does a green tomato cake, like an applesauce cake. I'm pretty sure it's on the food network website.

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              Meesch70 Aug 20, 2007 08:51 AM

              Green Tomato Pie! I was at an heirloom tomato festival yesterday and a local chef was serving a delcious savory Tomato Pie. Unfortunately, I don't have the recipe (am searching for it as we speak), but it was a combination of green tomatoes, onions and cheese.

              1. jdm Aug 20, 2007 08:54 AM

                Chow chow or Piccalilli.

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                1. re: jdm
                  Will Owen Aug 22, 2007 03:15 PM

                  There's also a gang of green tomato chutney recipes in a pickle book I have.* I don't pickle or can much, but I made a batch of chutney once and it was pretty good.

                  * Somewhere! Haven't found it, hence no recipe...sorry.

                2. rayrayray Aug 20, 2007 09:09 AM

                  my MIL always pickles them in a mix with carrots and horseradish. i use them up as a side to roast beef dinner.

                  1. Infomaniac Aug 20, 2007 09:13 AM

                    Green Tomatoes & Feta

                    Coat a shalow baking dish with olive oil. Cut tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices and layer baking dish. Sprinkle tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and minced fresh oregano. Top with crumbled feta or goat cheese, then drizzle top with olive oil.
                    Broil 5-7 inches below a preheated broiler and broil until tomatoes are hot and cheese is just starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and your ready to serve.

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                      katecm Aug 20, 2007 09:34 AM

                      I like chopping them up and adding them to a red tomato bruschetta topping. They add a nice bite and a bit of kick to the sweetness of the red tomatoes.

                      1. Candy Aug 20, 2007 09:43 AM

                        You can just bring them inside and leave them on the counter, not in direct sunlight and they will slowly ripen. We used to pick the last green ones before a killing frost and wrap in newspaper and place in a box. They would ripen slowly. One year my mother forgot the tomatoes in the basement and went off to Fl. for most of the winter. She came home to find a box of news paper full of dust and seeds.

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                        1. re: Candy
                          sixelagogo Aug 20, 2007 12:11 PM

                          You could mimic big agriculture's ripening proceedures: gas yer tomatoes with ethyl(ine?)gas, the natural way...i did this with a couple of green ones that got knocked off the vine:...stick them in a plastic bag with an apple...the ripening process takes about 2-3 days and they are nowhere near as stellar as a vine ripened tomato, but you will get a red tomato in 3 days (and it's really interesting to watch/compare with the non-gassed toms.

                        2. Sophia. Aug 20, 2007 09:45 AM

                          pasta sauce! saute with onion, garlic, oregano, and parsley. really simple and tasty.

                          1. inuksuk Aug 20, 2007 12:34 PM

                            Green tomato ketchup: http://www.recipesource.com/side-dish... You don't have to put it up in sterilized jars, you can just freeze portions.

                            1. MMRuth Aug 22, 2007 05:57 AM

                              There's a recipe for green tomato and lemon marmelade in today's NYTimes - not preserved, and you could store it in something other than a jar ;-)

                              http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/22/din...

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                                Louise Aug 22, 2007 02:40 PM

                                Last year or so there was a recipe for cobbler of raspberries and green tomatoes.

                                1. Candy Aug 22, 2007 02:50 PM

                                  I remember seeing a recipe for green tomato mincemeat. I'll have to look around for it or try googling it up. It would be a great think to put up now for later.

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