Recipe: Cornmeal-Crusted Fried Green Tomato Sandwich

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a recipe, largely because I’ve been creating about 2-3 vegan recipes each week for Home Chef, an ingredient and recipe delivery service that kind of rocks, and that’s been taking up quite a bit of my creative bandwidth these days. That said, I can post these recipes to the blog, and this one that I created a few weeks ago, simply begs to be posted, made, shared, and drooled over.

Southern Summers & My Dad Singing Karaoke

Not only is it the title of a bitchin’ movie, but they are the key ingredients for southern summer perfection. And the window for getting these badboys is closing, so make these seasonal stunners soon and often.

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Bless Kathy Bates. Always and Often.

I created this recipe to be reminiscent of my Texas upbringing where fried green tomatoes were crusted in cornmeal and usually served by their lonesome. But then my Dad was telling me that his favorite way to eat ‘em is to sandwich them between soft white bread with mayo and a few slices of sweet vidalia onion. And when my Dad makes a suggestion, I pretty much listen always because he’s hilarious and rad (and used to be in a band in college, which automatically makes him that cool dad who reminisces about the days when he had all of Boston on vinyl).

Case and point: A little visit to first-ever visit (for him) to a Korean karaoke joint rendered this stunning, almost-peed-myself-laughing, super stylized version of My Girl (and many others he’d murder me if he knew I was posting them. Sorry, Pops):

That combination got me thinking, and this brainchild may be the fried green tomato sandwich to end all F.G.T. sammiches. You’ll need thick-cut vegan sourdough or white bread for this. This is important because this sammie needs a slightly sour bread that’s sturdy enough to handle all of the awesomeness inside. Moreover, I paired this with maple caramelized onions (I mean, who doesn’t like the sound of that?!) and aioli made with vegan mayo and dill pickle relish. I know it sounds a little kooky, but trust me, this shit is the real deal combo of sour, salty, crusty, sweet, and juicy all in one. And it’s actually pretty easy to make.

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Cornmeal Crusted Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches with Maple Caramelized Onions & Dill Pickle Aioli

  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Dietary Indications: Vegan, Vegetarian, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free

Ingredients:

  • 3 Green Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 4 Slices Vegan sourdough bread
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1/3 Cup Just Mayo (or Vegenaise)
  • 1/8 Cup Chopped Dill pickles (or dill pickle relish)
  • 1 Tbsp. Cajun Seasoning

Assembly:

Prepare the Veggies: Rinse and slice the tomatoes to about ¼-inch thickness. Slice the onions to create long, but thin slices.

Prepare the Dill Pickle Aioli: In a small bowl, mix the vegan mayo, dill pickle relish, and salt and pepper to taste. If you desire an extra kick, add 1 Tsp. Cajun Seasoning to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Caramelize the Onions: Heat 2 Tsp. olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion slices and stir to coat the onions with the oil. Spread the onions out evenly over the pan and let cook, stirring occasionally. Let cook for 5-10 minutes, or until the onions start to brown. Add the maple syrup and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until onions are golden brown. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Make the Fried Green Tomatoes: In a medium bowl, combine the cornmeal, Cajun Seasoning (going 1 Tsp at a time until you read desired spice), and salt and pepper to taste. On a separate plate, add the flour. In a separate, shallow bowl, add the coconut milk. First, coat the slightly wet tomato slices with flour, then dunk floured slices in the coconut milk, followed by completely coating tomato slices with cornmeal mixture. Move all coated tomato slices to a plate and warm 3 Tbsp. olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, place tomatoes in skillet and sauté until crispy and golden brown on each side, about 5 – 7 minutes. Remove from skillet and place on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up any lingering oil.

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Assemble Your Epic Sandwich: On plates, arrange a slice of soft sourdough bread and slather with the cold dill pickle aioli. Nestle 2-3 slices on the fried green tomatoes on the bread and top with maple caramelized onions. Add another slather of aioli to the top piece of bread. Arrange steak fries on the side with extra aioli for dipping.

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Did you make this recipe? Tell me what you think in the comments!      

  • vegancrunk

    Holy crap, that looks delicious. I LOVE fried green tomatoes on sandwiches. Like, a sandwich just isn’t a sandwich without a few. But I’ve never tried caramelized onions and aioli on my FGT sammies. MUST MAKE THIS!!

    • http://www.thelilfoxes.com/ Ashlee Piper

      My darling in Crunkness, you and I are southern sistas til the end. I have a feeling we’ll be eating FGT sammies when we’re 90, boozing it up on the porch. :D

  • http://wehavethisnow.wordpress.com Jade Smith

    Uhm, girl, this is absolutely stunning. I’ve been looking for the perfect fried green tomato recipe and this, is just perfect. Very excited. (Texas represeeeent)