Friday, February 24, 2012

How You Like Them Tomatoes

There are certain dishes I seek out when I travel - usually specialties of the location that are hard to find elsewhere. Or hard to find authentic elsewhere (I may or may not be speaking specifically about bagels).

One thing that's hard to find outside of the south are true honest to goodness southern specialties.  Things like fried okra and fried green tomatoes (are you noticing a trend here - no one does fried food like the south.)

For some reason the south has a way of dealing with vegetables that the rest of the country finds...undesirable.  Okra doesn't seem to have a large fan base, and green tomatoes?  Well just google and you'll find a million sites on how to ripen them.  As though they serve no real good use on their own.

But their firm tartness holds up perfectly for cooking - especially for frying where they won't turn to mush at high heat.  As much as I love fried green tomatoes, I opted for something a little healthier with this batch.  It's not too far off from the tomato rice we had earlier in the week, but without the rice (or apples).  Something about curry really works well with tomato.  It might be my new favorite pairing. 

Curried Green Tomatoes
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp finely chopped onion
3/4 tsp curry powder
cayenne pepper
2 green tomatoes, chopped
salt and pepper
  1. Melt the butter in a skillet and add the onion.  Cook until onion is translucent.
  2. Stir in the curry powder.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes and add cayenne pepper to taste.  Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.

2 comments:

  1. Agree about tomatoes and curry. One of my favorite things to eat is tomato beef curry chow mein. Absolutely delish.

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