Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
Fried Green Tomatoes
We are officially in the thick of tomato season! At market, you can find green tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, creole tomatoes, and an abundance of heirloom tomatoes! Unlike all other tomatoes, green tomatoes may not be as enjoyable cut up and eaten raw. So what can we do with them? Well, who doesn’t love fried food?!?
- 3 medium-sized, firm green tomatoes
- Kosher salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- 1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup fine white cornmeal
- 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup peanut, canola, or olive oil for frying
Cut unpeeled tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle slices with salt. Let tomato slices stand for 5 minutes.
While the salted green tomato slices are resting, place in three separate, shallow bowls: 1) the flour and Cajun seasoning, 2) buttermilk and egg, and 3) breadcrumbs and cornmeal. Whisk together the egg and buttermilk.
Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat. Dip the green tomato slices in the flour-seasoning, then the buttermilk-egg mixture, then the cornmeal-breadcrumb mix.
In the skillet, fry half of the coated tomato slices at a time, for 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until brown. Set the cooked tomatoes on paper towels to drain.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round throughout New Orleans. The CCFM hosts nearly 60 local small farmers, fishers, and food producers, and more than 150,000 shoppers annually.