I always look forward to the beginning of tomato season because it means I can make fried green tomatoes. If you have never tried one, you should. I usually enjoy them as a side dish with white gravy, but for the past couple of years I have experimented using them in a BLT sandwich.
This version is an over-the-top extreme bacon version that can satisfy even the biggest appetite. With lots of bacon, baconnaise, kale, and of course, fried green tomato, it is a unique variation on the classic. Enjoy!
- Bacon (3-4 slices per sandwich)
- Sliced green tomato (about 2 per sandwich)
- Fresh kale with stems and midrib removed
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Your favorite roll
1. Begin by cooking your bacon in a pan. While this is happening, prep your tomatoes.
2. Slice tomato into 1/2 inch thick slices.
3. You will need 3 bowls. In the first, put a few tablespoons of flour. In the second, scramble an egg with about a tablespoon of milk. In the third, put about 1/3 cup of Panko bread crumbs (you can use regular breadcrumbs if you wish, but I found the Panko has a much better texture).
4. Bread you tomatoes by coating them first in flour, then in egg, then in Panko. This is my go-to breading method for all fried food because it works with mostly everything and makes a nice thick crust. Set aside until the bacon in done cooking.
5. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towel. Make sure heat is set to medium low, then arrange breaded tomatoes in pan. This heat setting will allow the tomatoes to cook through without the breading burning. Fry until they are golden brown, then flip them. Meanwhile, you can toast your roll if you wish.
6. Once the other side of your tomatoes are finished, drain briefly on a paper towel.
7. Assemble your sandwich: spread some baconnaise on the roll, then stack on the fried green tomatoes, kale, and bacon!
What do you do with your green tomatoes? Tell me in the comments!
Happy tomato season to you!