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Green tomato ideas?

mjpd Nov 1, 2008 08:48 AM

I've got an overabundance this year and am wondering if anyone has an recepies to use of the green tomatoes as they don't look like they will ripen. I have fried them, but that's it. Thanks!

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  1. Bratdawg RE: mjpd Nov 1, 2008 09:45 AM

    I just saw an episode on Food Network (Paula Deen) for fried green tomatoes with an interesting onion relish that looked really good!


    I can see in my head somewhere someone going on about making jam or some kind of canned green tomatoes, but I don't remember. Maybe a relish? I'll try to remember to aks my dad. :)

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      amdad4 RE: Bratdawg Nov 7, 2008 04:33 AM

      This is ironic since I actually make something very close to a green tomato relish for use with saussages, falaffel, wraps, and anything that could stand a little zing.

      Not being a pro, and not enamoured of chemistry, I hardly measure ingredients, but any cook can figure the following out:
      Get & cut up the green tomatoes (however many you can put into your skillet ultimately) and bleed them (with coarse salt) for 30+ minutes;
      Completely over the bootom of the skillet with oil (I do olive or safflower) and suattee to softness some finely chopped shallots and sweet (Vidalia or similar) onion with a mixture of a variety of medium and hot pepper (I use Jalapeno, Serrano, Aurora & Tequila peppers);
      introduce the tomatoes and bring heat up to near medium - just enough to see minor bubbling action) and slow cook (you may need to lower heat a bit depending on your stove) for an hour or more to get to near paste viscosity.
      Let cool and pass through food mill.
      Voila: GT Relish (and, BONUS, basis for a great soup with fried crourons andPancatta (or dble smoked bacon).

    2. alliedawn_98 RE: mjpd Nov 1, 2008 02:21 PM

      I made this soup by Emeril Lagasse and it was delicious. I only wish I'd canned some green tomatoes as this would be so good on a cold winter evening.

      Hot N' Spicy Green Tomato Soup with Crispy Pancetta

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        Glencora RE: alliedawn_98 Nov 1, 2008 02:28 PM

        That sounds interesting. Think it would work with green cherry tomatoes?

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          alliedawn_98 RE: Glencora Nov 5, 2008 01:24 PM

          I'm sorry, I just saw this reply. I do think it would work with green cherry tomatoes. You may have to adjust cooking time. I think I actually ended up cooking it a bit longer than the recipe said after I added the tomatoes.

      2. alanbarnes RE: mjpd Nov 1, 2008 02:41 PM

        Green tomato and apple pie. Green tomato chow-chow (great with beans or field peas and cornbread). Green tomato pilaf (I like it with a little bacon, onion, and garlic).

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          kazhound RE: alanbarnes Nov 12, 2008 05:37 PM

          I made a green tomato pie last week - omitted the apples because I wanted to see what the tomatoes tasted like on their own. I liked it so much that a few days ago I had company, so I stewed the tomatoes (peeled, cored and sliced) in a saucepan with a little sugar, some fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, nutmeg, cinnamon and cornstarch, then baked that as filling on puff pastry into green tomato tartlets. I served with apricot brandy whipped cream and chocolate ice cream. One of the best things I've made recently! I only wish I had more green tomatoes.

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          kobetobiko RE: mjpd Nov 1, 2008 02:48 PM

          Use some of your fried ones to make a fancy BLT sandwich!

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            ChesterhillGirl RE: mjpd Nov 1, 2008 04:30 PM

            I have an excellent recipe for chili sauce. I usually make it twice a year: once in August when the first wave of good ripe tomatoes floods the garden, and then again in November when I can get all stages of ripeness at the farmer markets. The chili sauce is so strongly flavored that it doesn't really matter if the tomatoes are ripe or green (or in between).

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              Hanky RE: ChesterhillGirl Nov 1, 2008 04:53 PM

              I made this cake from food network. It's delicious and easy. Here's the link:

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              melly RE: mjpd Nov 1, 2008 07:50 PM

              Cut em and use them on sandwiches. Nice, crunchy texture.

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                paprkutr RE: mjpd Nov 1, 2008 08:11 PM

                Make pickled tomatoes, like good kosher pickles with lots of garlic and dill.

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                  pondrat RE: paprkutr Nov 3, 2008 07:35 AM

                  Just cranked out about a dozen jars using what few green tomatoes you can find in New England this time of year. You're so lucky to have a surplus !

                  In addition to vinegar, kosher salk and water aots of garlic , dill (fresh and seeds), and black peppercorns. I stuffed the jar with a variety of serrano, habanero, jalapeno, and scotch bonnet pepers. I've also pickled some green tomatoes with a heavy dose of tabasco in the jar or the red hot pepper relish they put on subs.

                2. MGZ RE: mjpd Nov 2, 2008 06:40 AM

                  There was a similar discussion on another thread a couple weeks ago. From that, I took the suggestions of pickling - using a solution of sea salt, water, white vinegar, garlic cloves, and chile peppers. I also followed the suggestion of making a relish.

                  Most recently, I made a salad/salsa combining green tomatoes, radishes, pears, and red onions all at a medium dice. I dressed it with a little lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper and served it over baby lettuce leaves. We really enjoyed it.

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                    WINDELLA RE: mjpd Nov 2, 2008 12:46 PM

                    I make a great green tomato casserole:
                    Slice green tomatoes 1/4 inch thick,season with salt and pepper.Saute in lightly oiled skillet till just soft.Place a single layer of tomatoes in a baking dish,pour your favorite red salsa( I use Herdez) top with shredded cheese(jack, cheddar,colby whatever you like)Continue making layers till all the tomatoes are used.Bake at 350 deg till hot and bubbly.

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                      cimui RE: mjpd Nov 3, 2008 08:25 AM

                      this is a pretty mundane prep relative to the other great suggestions on this thread (cake? who would've thought?) -- but one of my favorite way of eating green tomatoes is in the form of a simple sautee wtih garlic, onion, salt and pepper. i've used leftover sauteed green tomatoes in quiche, as well.

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                        newfoodie RE: mjpd Nov 5, 2008 01:34 PM

                        I have Tyler Florence's Fried Green Tomato recipe planned for dinner tonight:


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                          newfoodie RE: newfoodie Nov 7, 2008 10:19 AM

                          Update: This was really tasty and since I just got some more green tomatoes from my CSA, I will making these again this week. I really like the idea of using them in a BLT.

                        2. WCchopper RE: mjpd Nov 5, 2008 04:05 PM

                          Green tomato chutney is good, you can find recipes in a lot of Southern cookbooks. i won't recommend one in particular because there are so many variations that can be adjusted for personal tastes. It's good on sandwiches, as an hors douvre.

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                            chilihead RE: WCchopper Nov 7, 2008 07:35 AM

                            I'll second the green tomato chutney idea, that's where last year's un-ripened crop went.

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                            lizlivelife RE: mjpd Nov 7, 2008 01:48 PM

                            My father and I have made a green tomato pie..just use 3 eggs,1/2 c mild and 1/2 c cottage cheese, about 3-4 green tomatoes sliced with what ever seasoning. Think quiche. It was quick and delicious. Made a green tomato cake with a cream cheese frosting . Just use a zucchini or carrot cake recipe. I used about 3 cups to chopped green tomatoes. My friends said it tasted like a pumpkin cake!!!Dad made a green tomato chutney. We have already used it on a Lamb Curry and can not wait until Thanksgiving!!

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