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meatless monday: fried green tomato caprese

November 28, 2011

I’m ashamed to say that the last time I posted, green tomatoes were in abundance at our farmer’s markets. I’d like to say that the reason that I haven’t been posting is because I’ve been eating fried green tomato caprese non-stop for months. Instead the reason would sound a little more like “work, work, fix things around the condo, a little travel, work, work, other stuff”. I know, that story in and of itself almost makes up for a 2-month hiatus. You’re welcome.

So, maybe tomatoes aren’t exactly abundant any longer, but I love this recipe enough to share all the same. Seriously. Crunchy on the outside, perfectly soft on the inside with a nice little tang from the buttermilk. Combined with fresh mozzarella, this makes the perfect complement to a fresh green salad.

fried green tomato caprese
from Tyler Florence’s recipe on the Food Network


  • 1 cup stone-ground cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large unripe tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices, ends removed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 ball of fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Balsamic vinegar (optional), for serving
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, and cayenne together.
  2. Pour the buttermilk into a separate bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Dip the tomatoes in the buttermilk and then dredge them in the cornmeal mixture, coating both sides well.
  4. Place a large cast iron skillet over medium heat and coat with the oil. When the oil is hot, pan-fry the tomatoes (in batches if necessary) until golden brown and crispy on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  5. Carefully remove the tomatoes and drain on paper towels.
  6. Serve with sliced mozzarella and drizzled balsamic vinegar.
3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2011 3:48 pm

    Looks great! Glad to see a new post on your blog!

    • November 29, 2011 5:58 pm

      Thanks! Feels good to get something up. I figured I better do it soon or posting more often was going to have to be a cliche new year’s resolution. Can’t have that.

  2. December 24, 2011 3:41 pm

    Oooh! This looks so good. I love fried green tomatoes and caprese salads. Thanks for sharing

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