Fried Green Tomatoes – Fried Green Tomatoes

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Evelyn Couch is a middle aged housewife struggling in her marriage. She is the stereotypical wife, having dinner on the table every evening when her husband gets home, but still he pays no attention to her. While in a nursing home visiting her husband’s hateful aunt, Evelyn meets Ninny Threadgoode, an 82-year old woman whose stories entice and inspire her.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Ninny tells the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a spunky young woman in Alabama’s 1920s. Beginning with the loss of her big brother, Buddy, Idgie overcomes many hardships and downfalls. But through it all she meets Ruth Jamison, a caring woman who Idgie develops a long-lasting and passionate friendship with.

Through the tales of Idgie’s life, Evelyn sees that it is time to make a change in her own life. She stops going to her group sessions (which are meant to help her fix her marriage) and starts a new life foundation where she kicks candy bars to the curb and gets on track to an assertive and healthy lifestyle.

Fried Green or Heirloom Tomatoes Recipe

by Chef John Christenson

Fried Green Tomatoes

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  • 1 quart Canola Oil
  • 3 medium bowls
  • 1 Large Egg
  • ½ cup Buttermilk
  • ½ Cup AP Flour
  • ½ Cup Cornmeal
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground Black Pepper
  • 3-4 Large Heirloom or Green Tomatoes-the firmer the better
  • 3 tablespoons shredded
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped Thyme leaves


  1. Mix Egg and Buttermilk together in a bowl. In the other two separate the flour and cornmeal in each. Slice the Tomatoes in thick slices, about a ½ inch to 1/3 inch. Heat the oil in a large pot to 350f. Dredge the Tomato slices in the Flour, then Egg mixture, finally the Cornmeal.
  2. Fry 2 to 3 Slices at a time till golden brown. When removed from the oil, sprinkle on Salt and Pepper, fresh Thyme and the Parmesan Cheese. Serve for your friends as a nice savory starter or share with a loved one for a warming experience.

Cooking time: 15 minutes.Servings: 2-6.Back to Top

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