Continuing with our movie food theme, I decided to make one of my favorite side items– fried green tomatoes. Mashed potatoes, maybe a steak or BBQ chicken and crispy fried tomatoes. The perfect country meal! This time, I decided to make it the feature item instead of the lonely bench player that nobody ever notices. We will put this dish center-stage just like you would a potato. We are gonna load it up!
I’ve made fried green tomatoes with a spicy remoulade sauce before and they were excellent. I wanted something a bit more unique, though.
Having recently made a sweet and savory tomato jam, I knew it would be the perfect accent to finish these tomatoes off. Between the two I decided to put some pimento cheese and bacon. Because, well, it’s bacon.
My mom used to make me eat pimento cheese sandwiches all. the. time. as a child. Now, I can’t get enough of them. Maybe it’s for the nostalgia… Probably just the cheese. Homemade would have been nice, but I went the easy route and just picked some up.
The crispy tomatoes with the creamy cheese and salty bacon go amazing well with the sweet tomato jam! After all, everyone knows that the secret’s in the sauce, right? They really all balance each other out. I’ll probably never make a plain old fried green tomato again.
The only thing I would probably want to change for next time was the installation of a commercial fryer in my kitchen. I’ll work on that.
What are your favorite country, home-cooked meal sides? Let us know below!