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Fried Green Tomatoes/Zucchini and Kittens.

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This is a picture of Fried Green Tomatoes and Zucchini with Basil Mayonnaise.

This is a picture of Fried Green Tomatoes and Zucchini with Basil Mayonnaise.

And this is a totally unrelated picture of my new kitten, Tina (named after my idol Tina Turner),

And this is a totally unrelated picture of my new kitten, Tina (named after my idol Tina Turner).

There is no greater condiment in the world than homemade mayonnaise.  I will stand by this statement for the rest of my days. Blanched or raw vegetables dipped in homemade mayo are divine. A thick slathering of mayo on a roast beef sandwich piled high with fresh greens is pure lunch heaven.
Fresh basil mixed into a zesty mayonnaise is twice as nice.  These fried green tomatoes and zucchini are a perfect start to a summer cookout.  You could also throw a few on your burger for an interesting twist on a classic.

Fried Green Tomatoes and Zucchini with Basil Mayonnaise
For the fried green tomatoes and zucchini:
3 Green Tomatoes, sliced about 1/4 inch thick, 1 zucchini sliced likewise
1 egg, beaten plus leftover egg white from mayonnaise
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 cup white flour
salt
pepper
grapeseed or safflower oil for frying

In a shallow bowl, beat an egg.  In two other shallow bowls place the bread crumbs and the flour.  Dredge each piece of tomato in the egg, then the bread crumbs and finally the flour.
Tomatoes and Zucchini, dredged and ready to fry.

Tomatoes and Zucchini, dredged and ready to fry.

Meanwhile heat about an inch of oil (grape seed and safflower are both good high-heat oils) in a shallow pan.  When the oil is very hot (about 325 degrees) start placing tomatoes in, careful not to overcrowd the pan.  When crisp and brown on both sides, place on a paper towel to drain and immediately salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with Basil Mayonnaise for dipping.

Fresh Basil Mayonnaise

1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 cup plus 1 tbsp. of oil (olive oil, sunflower oil or grape seed are my favorites)
1/2 cup basil leaves
salt

In a food processor combine the egg, egg yolk, lemon juice, 6 or so basil leaves a generous amount of salt.  Process until well combined.  With the processor running, very slowly add the oil.  Add all of the oil until the mayonnaise is thick and emulsified.

Stage 1, egg, basil, lemon juice and salt.

Stage 1, egg, basil, lemon juice and salt.

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One thought on “Fried Green Tomatoes/Zucchini and Kittens.

  1. Looking forward to trying the mayo and the fried green tomatoes. Thanks for the recipes.

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