Here’s a delicious fried snack your guests will love: deep fried tomatoes!
You doubt our word? This time of year there is an outbreak of deep frying at state fairs, with truly healthy foods like deep fried Twinkies, Oreos, Snickers and even (gack!) butter.
Why not go the other way, and put a crispy coating on something nutritious? We know that this isn’t the American Way, but this is the time of year when our Connecticut garden is bursting with cherry tomatoes. Why not do something new and fun with them?
The amazing thing about this truly tasty and nutritious snack is that it really isn’t all that bad for you. You bread the tomatoes with a little flour and bread crumbs and then deep fry them for about seven seconds. That’s right! Seven seconds!
You cook the little morsels just long enough to brown and get a little warm and drain them on a paper towel. Serve them warm on a salad or maybe as part of a fun stir fry. There’s probably less fat added to these tomatoes in 7 seconds than you’d add with a splash or glop of salad dressing.
The result? A crunchy, warm ball bursting with cool, fresh tomato flavor. Try them. They’re actually very good and just a few minutes work.
Prepare your dinner and make these last so you can serve them warm. People won’t believe what you’ve done!
Here’s how to make them.
1. Prepare four bowls with
- One egg beaten with 2 Tb water
- Bread crumbs.
2. Put a few cherry tomatoes in the milk and let them stand for a minute.
3. Then roll each tomato in the flour until covered evenly. Let them stand for a minute or two.
4. Dip each tomato in the egg solution
5. Roll each tomato in the bread crumbs and allow them to sit and dry for 3-5 minutes. Do not refrigerate them, though, as this will seriously reduce the tomato flavor.
6. Meanwhile heat a cup or two of oil in a small saucepan until a breadcrumb dropped into the oil bubbles convincingly.
7. Fry each tomato, one at a time, in the oil using a pair of tongs to drop them in and lift them out. Cook them only a few seconds until brown.
8. Lift them out and drain on paper towels.
Serve the fried tomato balls while warm, in a salad, perhaps sitting on a piece of goat cheese that will melt slightly. Imagine the incredulous expressions when people bite into these. And actually, they are quite good.
- Comparing cherry tomatoes
- Bacon, tomato and peanut butter sandwiches
- Why do my tomatoes have bites out of them?
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