Fried Green Tomato Gratin

Fried Green Tomato Gratin

Wow, did I ever come up with a winner this time.  We have a lot of green tomatoes in the garden.  With fall in the air, I seriously doubt any of them will turn red.  I fell in love with fried green tomatoes after spending some time in the southern states.  But there are only so many of those beauties a girl can eat day after  day.  Here is a sort of riff on eggplant Parmesan but using green tomatoes and Asiago cheese.  I decided to call it a gratin because I didn’t have any Parmesan when I created this dish.

Green tomatoes fresh from the garden

Green tomatoes fresh from the garden

Slice tomatoes fairly thick, about 1/2 inch.  I made dinner for two so I used two tomatoes.  Beat one egg and soak each tomato slice in it before dredging in……..

cornmeal mixture

cornmeal mixture

1/2 cup cornmeal, 2 tablespoons Wondra flour ( a nod to those Southern cooks) salt, pepper and cayenne to taste ( I used lots of cayenne!)  Heat oil in a saute pan.  I used olive oil.

Bubbling golden goodness

Bubbling golden goodness

Fry until golden, about 2 minutes on each side.  Drain on paper towels.

I love using monkey dishes!

I love using monkey dishes!

I used individual monkey dishes, but you could layer these in a shallow baking dish if you prefer.  My good friend Emily brought me some home made pasta sauce using  heirloom tomatoes from her garden.  I poured this lovely sauce over the green tomatoes.

Beautiful sauce, Emily!

Beautiful sauce, Emily!

I sliced some fresh mozzerella and placed it on top of the sauce…….

I love fresh mozzarella!

I love fresh mozzarella!

And finally loaded the shredded Asiago Cheese all over to cover every inch.

Theres no such thing as too much cheese

There's no such thing as too much cheese

Place on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, until bubbling and golden.

I wish you could smell this!

I wish you could smell this!

This is such a great recipe.  I can’t wait to make it again and again.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


7 Responses to “Fried Green Tomato Gratin”

  1. September 25, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Oh My God!!! This looks heavenly! I was actually thinking of making a gratin tonight (I love using my gratin dishes too) with some potatoes I have lying around but now I’m craving this… Amazing! Keep up the great posting!

  2. September 25, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Oh man were these ever delicious! I started salivated as soon as I saw the picture.

    This recipe is so creative, and reasonably simple. The one thing that I’m allergic to is eggplant, so my dear, sweet spouse came up with this amazing variation on the theme… truly heavenly!

    How did I get so blessed as to hook this amazing lady? I must have done something pretty wonderful in a past life.

  3. 5 innerjoy
    September 28, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Wow that looks good. I’m not a fried food fan by any stretch, but with all that cheese, who could resist?
    I love reading your recipes and seeing those awesome pictures!

    • September 28, 2009 at 2:46 pm

      Oh, Megan, I wish you could come over for dinner! Or just come over and hang out with us. Food is always happening so I am sure there would be something here to spark your interest. And, yes, there will be dessert, just for you!

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