Thursday, June 16, 2011

Homemade Pickled Fried Green Tomatoes & Fried Pickles

Once and awhile, I have pickling parties. Yes, pickling parties. Pick what you would like to pickle and we go to it. Two months ago or so, we pickled beets, cauliflower, white pearl onions, button mushrooms, pickle spears, pickle slices, cherry tomatoes, and green tomatoes. Thus was born the idea of pickled fried green tomatoes and fried pickle spears. 

Homemade Pickled Fried Green Tomatoes & Fried Pickles
 * Prep Time: 15 minutes
* Cook Time: 20 minutes
* Ingredients:
  • 1 cup stone-ground cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp citrus spice*
  • pinch of cayenne
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup non-dairy milk*
  • 1 tbsp white distilled vinegar
  • 2 egg replacers, followed to box instructions*
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • pickle spears
  • pickled green tomato wedges
* Recipe: 
  1. Make sure the pickled green tomatoes and pickles are cold. Keep them in the fridge until you need them.
  2. Heat the oil you'll need for frying either in a large skillet on medium heat or in a deep fryer (which I used).
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, paprika, citrus spice, cayenne, and salt and pepper.
  4. In another large bowl, combine the milk and vinegar. Place in fridge and let chill for at least five minutes.
  5. Combine the egg replacer in a small bowl and add to the bowl with the buttermilk. Mix well.
  6. Coat the green tomatoes and pickles in the dry mixture, then the buttermilk mixture, then coat in the dry mixture again until completely covered.
  7. Fry in oil until golden brown.
  8. Drain on a paper towel.
  9. Serve with vegan ranch or hot sauce and a lemon wedge.
* Note: I used a citrus spice I got at Whole Foods. I love it! It's so good. For non-dairy milk, I prefer almond milk. For egg replacer, I use Ener-G.

I'm not sure if you can find pickled green tomatoes in stores, but you could always use fresh tomatoes. These were so fantastic - a real southern treat!

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