What to serve with fried green tomatoes?
My husband and decided last night to have his brother and brother's girlfriend over for the Superbowl in February, for the purpose of making fried green tomatoes for them. The way this came up is that the girlfriend LOVES tomatoes, eats them on everything and eats them whole. However, she has never had a green one, let alone fried green ones. I am thinking of serving them with a pot roast and parmesan potatoes, or bbq short ribs and made from scratch mac & cheese, but I am interested in what other people serve with them. Thoughts?
Your instincts are very good. They are a vegetable side dish. Your choices of menus to serve them with sound appealing.
I guess most people weren't familiar with fried green tomatoes until the book or movie by that name became popular but they were a common vegetable dish long before that in the South and I guess in much of rural America.
This was a frugal and creative way of making something edible, even delicious, out of a product that might have gone to waste. Like watermelon rind pickles and so many other interesting traditional American foods that are now considered chic.
No reason why something so good can't be the centerpiece of a meal as clarkfella suggests. I've had them topped with Shrimp Remoulade in a salad and replacing the muffins in a new-fangled Southern Eggs Benedict with country ham.
Fried Green Tomatoes are terrific.
The restaurant I eat them at serves them with seasoned, fried, super-moist hush puppies. Yum!
They taste delicious served with a baked sweet potato, dripping with butter.
Mac&cheese is great -- and mashed potatoes are a tasty FGT accompaniment as well.
And throw a pork chop in for good measure. Collard greens?
I like having them with seafood. In South Carolina they serve them with boiled shrimp and crab cakes and things like that. I like how the acidic tomatoes covered in the rich, breading pair with the sweet richness of shellfish. In my experience (which is limited), poeple like to eat with their hands at the Superbowl, so it might be fun to do peel and eat shrimp and crab cakes or crab legs, and mussels. Also, they're all good in the winter.
For the record, I also think those menus sound great. I really think you can't go wrong with fried green tomatoes. Have fun!