(Air) Fried Green Tomatoes

For the past few years, I’ve gotten really into the concept of breaded “fried” foods that are baked (or even dehydrated). When done properly, it’s amazing how little oil we need in order to achieve that yummy, crunchy texture and taste. And what could be better than tart, juicy, crunchy breaded green tomatoes? Aside from world peace and snuggly kitties, not a whole lot.

NOTE: You can make these in your air fryer or oven. If you're shopping for an air fryer, HERE is the one I have (and love!). Since adding it to my kitchen, I don't go a day (or usually even meal) without using it!!

Recipe from FOOD LOVE

2 large green (unripe) tomatoes
¾ cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon EACH: seasoned salt and onion granules
¼ teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup nondairy milk (plain and unsweetened)
Oil spray, olive or coconut

1. Preheat your oven (or air fryer) to 400° F. Slice the tomatoes into ¼-inch thick rounds and set aside.

2. Combine the cornmeal, seasoned salt, onion granules, and pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk to thoroughly combine. Place the milk in another bowl and set aside.

3. Lightly oil a baking sheet (or spray your air fryer basket with oil) and set aside. Next, begin your happy little production line: Dip the tomatoes in the milk, then coat lightly with the cornmeal mixture (both sides). Place on the baking sheet or in the air fryer basket in a single layer (you may need to do this in batches). Repeat until you’ve used all of the tomato slices.

4. Spray the tops with oil and place in the oven or air fryer.* After 7 minutes, flip over and spray with the oil again. Bake for another 7 minutes, or until golden-browned. If using an air fryer, your tomatoes may be done at this point. If using an oven, flip and spray one last time and bake a final ten minutes, or until nicely browned. Remove and serve immediately to your adoring fans.

*NOTE: The baking times will vary depending on your oven or air fryer. The main thing is to flip once mid-way and bake until both sides are nicely golden-browned. 

Serves 4; GF/SF/Green (according to the health guidelines in my cookbooks)

“I’ve found out what the secret to life is—friends. Best friends.” – Ninny Threadgoode, from the
movie “Fried Green Tomatoes”