Flash Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes

Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes

I purchased a basket of assorted cherry tomatoes on a trip to the warehouse club last week.  It included every color under the sun, from striped brownish red, red, orange and yellow, to green.  I made a point of using every tomato during the week – except the green ones.  At the time I wasn’t sure to which dish I would be adding them to, but their destiny was clear.  I was going to flash fry those green cherries.   The last time I got my fried green tomato fix was back in November in DC. Seven months is a long time!

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes at Founding Farmers in Washington DC

Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes

A quarter cup of plain whole milk yogurt can coat up to ten green cherry tomatoes.

Buttermilk is not readily found in the dairy case in Puerto Rico.  I often replace it with regular whole milk plain yogurt.  It works well as a leavening agent for baked goods and quick-breads, and for coating proteins and vegetables before breading and frying.

These tomatoes were covered first in seasoned yogurt and then tossed with corn and all-purpose flours.  The corn flour can be substituted for 1 part finely ground cornmeal and 1 part all-purpose flour. Pulse the cornmeal and all-purpose flour on a food processor to arrive to the texture of the corn flour.  The corn flour and the substitute blend are also great for coating fish and shrimp for frying.  They have the flavor and color of cornmeal but are less gritty.

Flash Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes
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Green cherry tomatoes are halved, covered in seasoned yogurt, coated in a mixture of corn and all purpose flours and fried for less than a minute. The result? Crunchy, tart, and juicy tomatoes ready to serve with your favorite Southern inspired dishes.
Servings Prep Time
2people 5minutes
Cook Time
5minuts
Servings Prep Time
2people 5minutes
Cook Time
5minuts
Flash Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes
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Green cherry tomatoes are halved, covered in seasoned yogurt, coated in a mixture of corn and all purpose flours and fried for less than a minute. The result? Crunchy, tart, and juicy tomatoes ready to serve with your favorite Southern inspired dishes.
Servings Prep Time
2people 5minutes
Cook Time
5minuts
Servings Prep Time
2people 5minutes
Cook Time
5minuts
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the grapeseed oil over medium high heat.
  2. Whisk together the corn flour, all purpose flour and Cajun seasoning on a small bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, spoon in the yogurt and season with salt and pepper. Toss the cherry tomato halves in the yogurt, coating well.
  4. Transfer the green cherry tomato halves to the bowl containing the seasoned flour mix and coat well. Tap off any excess flour.
  5. Using a kitchen spider, lower two green cherry tomato halves into the oil and fry for 30 seconds or until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with extra Cajun seasoning. Repeat with the remaining tomato halves.

 

Fried green cherry tomatoes are great as a snack with remoulade or other dipping sauces.  We really like them as a side dish for “saucy meals” like shrimp and grits or étouffée.  For our brunch today, we sopped the fried green cherry tomatoes with runny egg yolks and cheesy cornmeal porridge.  It took us back to our Lowcountry road trip in one bite.

flash fried green tomatoes

Shrimp and grits, sunny side up eggs, and flash fried green cherry tomatoes.

flash fried green cherry tomatoes

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Author:Adriana

Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

One Response to “Flash Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes”

  1. July 20, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

    Qué buena idea. No sabes el hambre que me diste!!

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