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23Sep

I have always wanted to try fried green tomatoes ever since I watched the film ‘Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-stop Cafe‘. It is one of my favourite films starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy, it has a complex plot but is worth watching. Well, on Saturday I bought some green tomatoes and decided I would finally give it a go! I also bought some pork steaks so here is the recipe:

IMG_1833Pork Steaks

2 pork steaks

1 tablespoon of golden syrup

1 tablespoon of garlic infused olive oil

½ teaspoon of paprika

½ teaspoon of ground allspice

1 large sage leaf

3-4 strands of thyme

Salt

1 inch piece of ginger

Method

Chop the herbs and ginger and mix with golden syrup, garlic infused oil, paprika, salt and allspice.

Rub this mixture into the pork steaks.

I cooked this immediately but it will probably benefit from marinading for a couple of hours.

Cook in the oven at gas mark 5 for 1.5 hours (the longer the better really to ensure the pork is really tender.)

Fried green tomatoes.

4 green tomatoes

Gluten free flour

1-2 eggs

maize meal

salt & pepper

Garlic infused oil

Method

Slice the tomatoes and dry them between pieces of kitchen paper.

Put the gluten-free flour on a flat plate and season with salt & pepper

Crack the eggs into a dish and beat with a fork

Put the maize meal onto another flat plate and season with salt & pepper.

Dip the sliced tomato into the gluten-free flour first, then egg and finally into the maize meal. Coat thoroughly with each dip.

Fry the tomatoes in a little oil till golden.

I served both these dishes with a little boiled rice and tomato with rocket.

According to the reviews I read on the internet before I tried this dish people have lots of memories of eating fried green tomatoes cooked by their mothers and grandmothers. I am sure I cannot give this dish the taste that someone who has cooked this for family for years. But I have to mention that it is a dish that doesn’t seem to be worse for using gluten-free flour – in fact I think by using a rice based gluten-free flour blend, the crispness may be better than the original!


  

Julie

I am a state registered dietitian and advisor to The IBS Network, the UK charity for people with irritable bowel syndrome. My specialty is dietary treatment of gut disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease, lactose & fructose malabsorption and complex food intolerances. I also have experience in dietetic treatment of people who have bariatric surgery and weight management.

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