Get Forked Friday:Fried Green Tomatoes

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Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

What you need:

2 large Green tomato
2 Cup of Self Rising Corn Meal
1 cup seasoned Panko Bread Crumbs
3 Cups of Buttermilk Creole seasoning
2 cloves of fresh garlic Peanut oil

What to do:

Slice the tomatoes to the thickness of your liking, I like mine relatively thin/medium. Mix the buttermilk, 2 cloves of crushed Garlic and approx. 2 teaspoons of Creole seasoning Soak the tomato slices in the mixture for at least 30 min. tossing every so often. Mix the Cornmeal, Seasoned panko, a dash of Salt and pepper and about a tablespoon of he Creole seasoning on a plate. Salt and pepper the slices of tomato and Dredge the tomato in the cornmeal mixture, dip back into the buttermilk, and back into the cornmeal mixture, this is one of the few times double dipping is allowed in life, take advantage. Fry in shallow peanut oil on Med/High heat for approx. 3 min on each side or until golden brown. Remove and drain. Sprinkle with a little salt and more creole seasoning when it comes out of the frying pan and is still hot! I like mine with a dollop of goat cheese and/or on a salad with a housemade ranch dressing. 

Tips: - Peanut Oil is important here, unless you are allergic, go for the peanut! - BIG TIP - If you want your crust on the tomatoes to be perfect, DON’T TOUCH!! Let them cook without moving them around until you think they are brown then gently flip them over. - Self Rising Cornmeal is finer (more like a flour) than normal cornmeal and works perfectly for this application.

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Maria-mills-benatAbout the Author: Maria Mills-Benat is a Port Orange-based chef and travel agent. She has a passion for cooking and Travel making sure you eat the very best foods in your kitchen and in your travels. Read full bio here.

 

 

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Get Forked Friday: Shakshuka Recipe

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For a while now, I have been wanting to make a Shakshuka. I finally did it, and omg, I need more! You might be wondering what a Shakshuka is? Well, its a traditional Israeli and Middle Eastern meal in which you poach eggs in a simmering tomato sauce with spices! Here is my take on it!

You might remember my Roasted Tomatoes recipe, well, in my version of a Shakshuka, you’ll need that. Dish2


What you need:

2- 3 Eggs
Olive Oil
Roasted Tomatoes
4-5 large cloves of garlic, minced or put through a garlic press
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon of ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (if you want a little kick)
A palm full of chopped cilantro
Goat Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
A Good Crusty bread sliced and lightly toasted (I like to rub garlic on mine when it comes out of the oven!)

What to do:
In a small-ish-medium sauté pan heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat
Once the oil starts to warm up, add your spices (including red pepper flakes) and allow them to sit in the warm oil for about Dish1
30-60 seconds. Add your garlic and sauté until golden. Add in your roasted tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste, and stir well

Then allow to simmer for about 5-10 min on a low temp to get all groovy. Crack your eggs one at a time into a bowl, then gently pour into the pan to nestle them into the tomatoes, salt and pepper the eggs. Cover the pan. Allow mixture to simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked, the idea here is that your whites are cooked and your yolks are still runny (Cook longer if you do not want runny yolks.) Note: Your egg whites may not look done, but probably are, just poke them with a knife or fork to tell if they are cooked through. Remove from heat and add dollops of goat cheese around in the pan. Serve with crusty bread, DELISH! 

Additions: You can add ANYTHING to this, Olives, Bell Peppers, Onions, a different cheese, some people like feta with this, etc. But trust me when I tell you, don’t put this off, make it now!! Its delicious!

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Maria-mills-benatAbout the Author: Maria Mills-Benat is a Port Orange-based chef and travel agent. She has a passion for cooking and Travel making sure you eat the very best foods in your kitchen and in your travels. Read full bio here.

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