Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fried Green Tomato Sliders - 52 Simple Dishes to take you to the Next Level!

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I LOVE these little gems... And really ridiculously easy to DIY.

A Couple of ingredients could be a little off putting for a novice.  The first is the Cajun SPice Mix.  I have a recipe I like that I make myself.  Just a few of those 99 cent little cans of spices and you can very easily mix your own.  Just follow this link to my recipe for "Big Easy in a Jar" Cajun Spice mix.  I like to mix my own so that I can control the amount of salt in the mix (specifically, my mix is a low salt flavor punch).  But of course feel free to use any of the dozen Cajun Mixes that are available at any grocery store.  Or if you afraid of the Cajun tastes, any herbal mix will do as well.

I also list a flavored Mayonnaise I make, A Cajun Garlic Aioli as a condiment.  The recipe is easy enough to make, does require a little work (Zesting and more spice mixing), but is certainly worth the effort.  On a simple level you can simply mix a TBS of  "Big Easy in a Jar" with a cup of Mayo and use that... Of course mix to taste, add a additional spices if you like spicy and more Mayo if you prefer less of a flavor punch.

OK... As to the sandwich, a Southern CLASSIC!  Dressed up a bit for a crowd.  I love the contrast of a sweet cool fresh ripe tomato slice with the crunchy coating over a mushy cooked tomato still warm from the fryer!

Flavor dressed up with Cajun Spices and flavored Mayo, these pack an Oooh and Aaah factor from all your guests!

And very very easy!

OK... Here's what I did...

Fried Green Tomato Sliders

  • FOR THE FRIED GREEN TOMATOES... 24 Slices, Silver Dollar Size, Green Tomatoes (just barely starting to ripen but still very firm)
  • 1 Cup Flour for dredging
  • 6 Large Eggs, whipped
  • 2-3 Cups Panko Style Bread Crumbs
  • 3 TBS Cajun Spice Mix (Make your Own or use a Store Bought Mix)
  • Vegetable Oil for frying 
  • FOR THE SLIDERS... 24 Hawaiian Brand Rolls, Split
  • 48 LARGE Spinach Leafs
  • 24 Slices, Ripe Red Tomatoes, Silver Dollar Size Slices, thin slice.
  • Mayonaisse to slather on one side of the Bun (Roll)
  • Cajun Garlic Aioli to slather on one side of the Bun (Roll)
Cooking Directions
  1. For the Fried Green Tomatoes, Heat your oil to 360 degrees. Use a heavy bottomed frying pan, a Cast Iron Skillet or an Electric Frying Pan.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare a series of dredging station... A Bowl of Flour, A bowl of Whipped Eggs, A bowl of Panko Bread Crumbs... Season the Panko Crumbs with a couple of TBS of Cajun Spices.
  3. Take a slice of Green Tomato, coat well with flour. Dip and coat evenly with Egg. Coat evenly with a layer of Seasoned Panko Crumbs.
  4. Drop tomatoes, in batches, into hot oil, and cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels or a rack.
  5. While the tomatoes are draining, Slice the Hawaiian Rolls, Slice the Red Tomatoes.
  6. And make the sandwiches, I like a little Mayo and a little Spiced Aioli, a contrasting taste of fresh red tomato slices with the crunchy texture of the Fried Green tomatoes and a bit of greens
  7. Serve still Warm and ENJOY!!!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Simple but Next Level Dishes"!

Kind of an odd title for these posts. But the longer sentence is... Simple recipes that are easy and inexpensive that will take your cooking to the next level... Things like easy pickled items (I always have a jar of Pickled Red Onions for sandwiches in my fridge). Or how about the easiest bread to make in the world... Beer Bread that is tasty on it's own but also makes a wonderful open face pizza style sandwich... With easy to make Tomato Sauce. Or how about Roasting Garlic for a spread on toast points for a unique appetizer. Infusing Oil with Herbs or spices or spicy peppers. Or how about making your own BBQ sauce. Nothing sets you apart as a grill master like setting out a jar of your own specialty BBQ Sauce.

You get the idea. These recipes are very simple, take very little time but will set you apart as a better cook...


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