Fried Green Tomatoes…with Tomatillos and a Garlicky Yogurt Sauce
- 5 medium sized tomatillos
- 1 egg
- 1teaspoon milk
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus extra
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
- grape seed oil for frying
- cilantro for garnish
- extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, mashed
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- freshly cracked black pepper
So I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with tomatillos. The other week I tried my hand at salsa verde, and when I received even more tomatillos in my farm share, it was time to try something new with these delicious little guys. The fact that they’re related to the tomato, I figured they would hold up the same way when breaded and fried. Plus growing up watching the movie Fried Green Tomatoes ALL the time (thanks Mom), has made me a little obsessed with the idea of breaded and fried tomatoes. It’s just a brilliant creation!
Tomatillos are a bit sweet, so when paired with the tangy garlicky sauce, it truly makes a good match. If you have trouble finding tomatillos, by all means, replace with any firm tomato and use it with this recipe.
In a small bowl, mix the ingredients to the yogurt sauce together. Set aside in the fridge.
Peel and wash the tomatillos well. On a cutting board, slice them a 1/2 inch thick. Set aside.
In a small bowl add the 1/2 cup of flour. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. In another small bowl, crack the egg and whisk with the teaspoon of milk. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. On a plate, add the bread crumbs and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, cumin, and a few grinds of black pepper. Place everything in a row in the order, flour, egg, then bread crumbs.
Taking one slice of tomatillo at a time, dust the tomatillo slices in the flour till well coated, then dip in the egg till well coated. Then lastly into the bread crumbs, till again will coated. Set each aside on a clean plate. Repeat this till all the sliced tomatillos are breaded.
In a medium sized frying pan add the grape seed oil till 1/4 inch deep in the pan. Heat on medium heat on the stove. The oil is ready when you dip a tomatillo slice, and it immediately starts the sizzle. Fry the tomatillos, 6 at a time, till golden, then flip and cook the other side till golden. Once fried, place on a paper towel covered plate to absorb any access oil. Fry all of the tomatillos.
When plating, add a few spoonfuls of the yogurt sauce onto the middle of a plate. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the sauce. Place the tomatillo slices on the side, and garnish with cilantro. Serve while still warm, and enjoy!