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Pan-Fried Tomatoes with a Cornmeal Crust

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Recipe

In the American South cornmeal is often used to coat oysters, catfish, and chicken before frying them, but this dish, with its crunchy exterior and red-ripe, smooth tomato inside, becomes very Mediterranean. It would be a waste to use extra virgin olive oil for frying the tomatoes, but regular olive oil will impart more flavor than plain vegetable oil.

Yield: SERVES 6

Ingredients

  • 9 large ripe but firm plum tomatoes (about 1¾ pounds)
  • ½ cup polenta or coarsely ground yellow cornmeal
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/3 cup olive oil or vegetable oil

Directions

SLICE THE TOMATOES crosswise about ½ inch thick. Discard or eat the very top and bottom slices. Mix the polenta, ½ teaspoon salt, pepper to taste, and parsley in a shallow soup bowl and dredge the tomato slices evenly in the mixture, pressing the coating to make it stick to the cut surfaces of the tomatoes.

IN A LARGE HEAVY NONSTICK SKILLET, heat the oil over medium-high heat until it is very hot but not smoking. Add as many tomato slices as you can without crowding the pan, and sauté for about 3 minutes. Turn the slices to the other side and sauté for another 3 minutes, or until golden. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate, sprinkle with salt, and keep warm in a low oven while you finish frying the other tomatoes. Serve warm.


© 1997 Brigit Legere Binns
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving.

182kcal (9%)
16mg (2%)
18mg (30%)
60mcg RAE (2%)
357mg
28mg
2g
4g
3g
14g
0mg (0%)
298mg (12%)
1g (5%)
13g (21%)
1mg (4%)
 

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