Fried Green Tomato BLT



No but really, this sandwich is pretty awesome.

We’re in a season transition right now. Kind of always a little awkward, right? I’m dreaming of pumpkin things and apple pies and acorn squash roasting, but I’m still sweating, wearing shorts and eating ice cream. And zucchini are still in abundance and tomatoes are just everywhere. Tomatoes are in seasons almost all summer long, this is true, but these next few weeks are really when we should be consuming and canning them. They’re just perfect.

Even the imperfect, not-really-ripe green tomatoes are perfect. Fry them in cornmeal. Even better. Add lettuce, tomato and bacon. Game changer.

I don’t think any of us can fry a green tomato and not be reminded of the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, which reminds me of my favorite scene, when Kathy Bates gets all cray-cray and smashes into the “younger, faster girls’ car.” This scene is SO money.

We all fantasize about going off the deep end from time to time.

ANYWAY, this sandwich…it starts with frying up some bacon. A very Southern beginning.

I’m usually a baker of bacon; rather than a fryer. I’m only frying, in this instance, as to avoid cleaning a baking sheet.

Here’s a picture of bacon frying:

Not all that stunning, but it sort of is because we know what it tastes like and imagining what bacon tastes like is stunning.

After the bacon is fried, it gets a little paper towel action.

I dipped the sliced fried green tomatoes into (seasoned) milk, (seasoned) flour, (seasoned) egg, and lastly, (seasoned) cornmeal.

I think it’s important to season every single item you dip the green tomato in. Flavor the whoooole way. And then in the same pan where you fry the bacon, you fry the tomatoes.

After your bacon and tomatoes are fried, you assemble.

Good mayonnaise is important. I personally like Hellman’s or Duke’s. If you’re not a mayonnaise person, skip it.

A good fried green tomato will be crunchy, salty on the outside with a tangy, warm interior. So good! Add bacon, lettuce and tomato and bread. WHOA! Best sandwich ever.

Fried Green Tomato BLT

Print this recipe!

5 slices of bacon
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg
1/4 cup cornmeal
3 tablespoons polenta (optional)
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 medium, firm green tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
3 pieces of butter lettuce
4 slices of good white bread

1. In a cast iron skillet, cook the bacon over medium-low for 10 minutes, flipping the bacon at the 5 minute mark. Transfer the bacon to a bed of paper towels to drain. Turn the heat to low to keep the grease hot for the frying of the green tomatoes.

2. Gather four small bowls. Add the milk and a generous pinch of salt to one bowl. In another bowl, mix together the flour and 2 teaspoons of salt. In the third bowl, beat the egg. In the final bowl, mix together the cornmeal, polenta, cayenne pepper and 2 teaspoons of salt.

3. Take one tomato slice and start with dipping it into the milk. Transfer it to the flour bowl, being sure to coat it on both sides. Lightly dust any excess flour off and move it to the next bowl with the beaten egg. Drain any extra egg and transfer the tomato to the cornmeal mixture, being sure it’s thoroughly coated. Place the breaded tomato in the skillet and turn the heat to medium. Fry for 2-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Transfer to a bed of paper towels to drain. Repeat the dipping and frying process until you’ve

4. To assemble the BLTS, toast up your bread (or not! I kind of love soft bread with crispy bacon and crispy fried tomatoes). Give the bread slices a heavy swipe of mayonnaise, arrange a little bed of butter lettuce, add some pieces of bacon and finally, top it all off with a few fried green tomatoes.

Yields 2 sandwiches

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    Reply Margherita September 17, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Fried green tomatoes…aww the memories they bring back. I haven’t had one of those in years and it’s actually wrong because they are sooo good.
    Love that you brought them back and inside a BLT it’s even better!

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    Reply Danielle September 17, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Oh man, this looks delicious! I love BLT’s and you just took it to a whole new level. This is the perfect lunch! I’ll take one to go! : )

    Happy Monday!

    Danielle xo

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    Reply DessertForTwo September 17, 2012 at 6:58 am

    This is the perfect sandwich! I just know it’s delicious because the tomatoes are fried in bacon fat! Ahhh come to mama! πŸ™‚

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    Reply christin September 17, 2012 at 6:58 am

    You are just killing me. I need to make this, yesterday.

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      Reply Lyndsey September 17, 2012 at 7:08 am

      I second that!

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    Reply Allyn September 17, 2012 at 8:37 am

    As a Southern girl, I’m ALL over this. Holy moly.

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    Reply laura @ glutton for nourishment September 17, 2012 at 9:07 am


    This looks so damn good.

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    Reply Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking September 17, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Oh man! I love that movie and the actual food! I am not going to lie, there have been a few times I have wanted to do that cray-cray move to another jerky driver on the road a time or two.

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    Reply Jen of My Tiny Oven September 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

    It looks frickin’ amazing!!

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    Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition September 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I haven’t had fried green tomatoes, but the thought of adding any kind of fried anything to a BLT is making me hongry. OR what about a normal BLT with fried avocado to make it a fried BLAT? Oh boy.

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    Reply cindy September 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

    oh, man! it’s like a super blt! I had my first fried green tomato last week, I think maybe it changed my life.

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    Reply Eileen September 17, 2012 at 11:01 am

    OH MY. This may be what I need to make with the tomatoes in my backyard that just won’t seem to ripen… πŸ™‚

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    Reply Sophie at dinnersforwinners September 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    OH! my favorite sandwich. but kicked up a notch. you’re so smart! i’m making these this week. woohooooo

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    Reply Jen @ Savory Simple September 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I absolutely love fried green tomatoes. This sandwich looks spectacular!

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    Reply Ashley - BakerbyNature September 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Oh girlllll. This sandwich needs to work its way into my mouth right now.

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    Reply Suzanne Perazzini September 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    You make a convincing argument for this sandwich. I can’t see much wrong with it – even a little greasy bacon can be consumed occasionally.

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    Reply Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen September 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Love the movie, LOVE this sandwich! Towanda!

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    Reply Juliana September 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Fried Green Tomato BLT’s are my absolute favorite sandwich! And yours looks delish! I now have a serious cravin’ for one right about now! Here’s my version of a FGTBLT…
    Can’t wait to try your recipe!


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    Reply Thea September 18, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Are green tomatoes just not-yet-ripe regular tomatoes? (From one who only knows the movie πŸ™‚

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      Reply Adrianna September 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Yes ma’am. In the months of March/April you can prepare this sandwich also. This time of year (September/October) they’re tomatoes that just never ripened, thus resulting in people discarding them. They’re the unwanted, awkward tomatoes that never grew up and turned red. πŸ™‚

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    Reply Kristin September 18, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Oh my gosh! Ordered a BLT just yesterday & was told they couldn’t make them because they didn’t get the tomatoes from their supplier. Changed order and THEN thought, shoot…they said they had a friend green tomato appetizer special, why didn’t I ask them to make the BLT with fried green tomatoes? Thank goodness they had the eggplant fries with honey & sea salt!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna September 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

      That would’ve been an epic save!

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    Reply NicoleD September 18, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I need to see that movie, again! Remember Chris O’ Donnell played Buddy? I used to think he was so dreamy. I have never had a proper fried green tomato and that’s just disgraceful. I must make this!

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    Reply Bun September 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

    oh. my. god. I need to make this ASAP. thank-you for such a fabulous recipe!! TOWANNNDDDAAA!!!

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    Reply Leanne@Around the Table September 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I’ve been craving a fried green tomato BLT for such a long time since I saw it on a restaurant menu! yum!

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    Reply Solaera September 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

    You know, you can line your bacon baking sheet with sturdy aluminum foil and clean NOTHING, right?

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna September 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      I made the bacon in a pan this time around because the fried green tomatoes are cooked in the bacon fat. πŸ™‚

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    Reply Alicia September 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    This looks AMAZING. I have never had fried green tomatoes before!

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    Reply Dana September 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Every year around this time I start seeing posts about fried green tomatoes and thinking about them. So good on a BLT! I’m going to have to see if I can dig up that movie, it’s been ages since I’ve seen it.

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