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green tomatoes--what else besides fried?

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.)

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

    1. 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

      1. how about a green tomato salsa?

        1. 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

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

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

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

            1. 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. re: jdm

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

                  1. 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.

                    1. 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. 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

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

                          1. 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. 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 ;-)


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

                                1. 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.