Friday, August 1, 2014

Bacon, Lettuce and Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches with Cajun Mayo


Fried green tomatoes, bacon, spicy mayo, crispy lettuce…. is your mouth watering yet?   My garden is exploding with green tomatoes and I have been itching to get out there and grab a couple of 'em.  Fried green tomatoes are one of my favorite summer, southern treats.  

A quick internet search will provide thousands of different recipes for these crispy, fried delicacies and everyone seems to have their own opinions of how they should be prepared and eaten.  The most popular way to serve them is simply with a side of remoulade, and eaten with a fork and knife.  I think they should be eaten sandwiched between a soft, warm, toasty bun with crispy bacon, spicy cajun mayo and some cool, refreshing lettuce.  My, oh my.  

I've had an obsession with sandwiches lately.  It's an obsession that needs to stop.  All. The. Bread.  Seriously, it's addicting and I love it and it's not terribly good for you.  I actually feel kind of sorry for bread.  It's really been getting a bad reputation lately with everyone including that big, long, chemically named product in it that also happens to be used in the making of yoga mats, as an ingredient.  Don't get me wrong, we should all know what is going into our food and be as healthy as possible but sometimes, I wish I didn't care so much. 

Anyway, my garden this year has been a fabulous learning experience.  I started everything from seed, indoors and once the weather was nice enough and the plants had become stable enough, I planted them in the 2 raised beds that my dad helped me build from scrap wood.  The first thing that I've learned is that I need more beds because zucchini plants take up a lot of space.  Speaking of zucchini, there aren't many families who need 8 zucchini plants.  In my defense, I didn't think that all of my seeds would germinate.  They did.  And they thrived.  I had 19 plants total, half of which I gave away.  The garden has kept me busy and I look forward to having plenty of canned items waiting for me this winter, long after the garden has sadly gone away.  Eventually I will get around to posting some pictures and more of what worked and some things that didn't.  

For now, grab some green tomatoes and make this sandwich.  You won't regret it. 

Bacon, Lettuce and Fried Green Tomatoes with Cajun Mayo

Makes 4 sandwiches

Fried Green Tomatoes

2 large, green tomatoes, sliced
1/3 cup cornmeal
1/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 egg
Salt
Vegetable Oil

Heat about a 1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In a medium bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, white pepper and some salt.  In another bowl, beat one egg.  Dip each slice in the egg and dredge in the cornmeal mixture, coating both sides.

Once the oil has heated, place slices in the skillet, cooking for about 5 minutes on each side or until the tomatoes are golden brown.  Remove from skillet and place on paper towel lined plate.

Cajun Mayo

1/2 cup mayo
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoon cajun seasoning
Hot sauce to taste

In a medium bowl, mix together mayo, ketchup, vinegar, cajun seasoning and a few dashes of hot sauce.

Bacon, Lettuce and Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches

8 slices of bacon, cooked
4 bun, toasted
Fried green tomato slices, halved
Shredded lettuce
Cajun Mayo

Split toasted bun and slather with the cajun mayo.  Add shredded lettuce and top with 2 slices of bacon and 4 halves of fried green tomatoes.  

Serve these up with some crispy potato chips and delicious, dill pickles. A perfect summer sandwich! Enjoy!



2 comments:

  1. Yum! I have never had a fried green tomato, so I think you definitely need to make some for me! The sandwich sounds delicious!

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    1. I have plenty of green tomatoes. Come on down!

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