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Summer's Best: Ripe Juicy Fried Tomatoes

July 22, 2019

Target Healthy Eating

For some reason I remembered a film from years ago, called Fried Green Tomatoes; a film I never saw. (go figure). This led me to wonder, why not fry ripe juicy red tomatoes, since green held no appeal. First try was bland, next was better. By the third experiment, I had a simple easy and quick, delicious recipe for right now - summer. I scurried around to get it ready to share with you and here it is. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


2 large ripe (not hard) beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes, sliced about 1/4 inch thick

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, for cooking

1/2 cup chickpea flour

Panko mixture

1 cup Panko flakes mixed well with

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated at home

Egg mixture

2 large eggs beaten with a fork or whisk

1 pinch salt

1 pinch black pepper

1 pinch chili flakes


1 container (or cup) cr?me fraiche

1/2 cup Kraft mayo

3 fresh garlic cloves squeezed with garlic press

Zest of 1 lemon (no juice)

2 Tablespoons almond milk, if needed to thin sauce

Part of the secret in this recipe is: get big juicy fresh, locally grown, ripe beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


1.     Wash, pat dry your tomatoes. Then cut, with a sharp knife, 1/4 inch slices.

2.     Grate your own parmesan cheese.

Packaged grated cheese always has some form of preservative in it. Besides, freshly grated cheese always tastes better. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

3.     Arrange 3 medium bowls as follows: chickpea flour in first bowl. Egg mixture in 2nd bowl. Panko/parmesan mixture in 3rd bowl. You will take each tomato slice and cover with flour. Then dip on both sides in the egg mixture. Finally, cover both sides in the third bowl with Panko mixture.

First bowl: covering tomato with chickpea flour ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Second bowl: cover both sides of tomato slice with egg mixture. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Third bowl: cover tomato slices with Panko/Parmesan mixture. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

4.     Pour 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil into skillet, and when tomato slices have been dipped and covered well with contents of the 3 bowls, turn up medium heat and start to fry your tomatoes. First one side, then flip to the other side. You want them to become a lovely golden color.

Let them sizzle for about a minute on both sides. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
After flipping, here's the golden brown color you want them to be. Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

5.     When done, let drain on paper towels

Draining on paper towels. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

6.     Make your sauce, if you haven't, before cooking the tomatoes.

Squeezing garlic through garlic press. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Add lemon zest to sauce. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
The not so apparent secret is in the ingredients combined in the Panko mixture and in the sauce. But you've got to start with the best ripe tomatoes. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
This first batch was tasty enough, to let me know, I had something here, to continue to work on. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
The next few batches proved that the time spent experimenting was worth every minute. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Jules gives my recipe a 5+. Hope you will too. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

On one occasion, we poured icy white wine and simply made a meal of these scrumptious fried tomatoes with my special sauce. You should adapt my sauce to your taste. Use the same ingredients, but you decide how much to add, depending upon the flavor you want. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Mmmmm ! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Warm, juicy and delicious ! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Lunch on Saturday: Fried tomato, onion & cheese stuffed potato, individual mushroom/corn pie. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Simple satisfying dessert, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. We keep a supply of Bailey's in the fridge; most delicious when icy. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Bon Appetit!

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