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Wow. It’s been a really busy week! Not only did I host my boyfriend’s family in town for Thanksgiving, I also had two DJ gigs and cooked dinner for everyone on Thanksgiving day. I am thankful for all the time I was able to spend with them, but I am possibly more thankful for having absolutely no plans today, so I can catch up on the ol’ blog and continue making my way through Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee.
I have to say… I’m loving the new Pokémon game! It came out last week and most of my friends have already powered through, defeating the Elite Four, catching shiny rares, and showing Team Rocket their place in the world. Because I’ve been so busy, I am very far behind. I just defeated Giovanni for the second time at the Silph Co and am about to take on psychic Sabrina. Anyways I’m sure you didn’t come here to read about my journey to become a Pokémaster. Back to food!
My friend Steve visited Phoenix recently from Albuquerque bearing gifts from his backyard – tomatoes. There were two green ones and one red one. Naturally, I had to make fried green tomatoes out of them!
There’s a restaurant out here in Phoenix called Welcome Diner. They’ve got amazing cocktails and a handful of vegan options, but one of their vegetarian choices – the fried green tomato sandwich – has always struck my interest. Unfortunately, they put egg in their frying batter, so trying it there is out of the question. Making my own was the only option!
These fried green tomato sandwiches are relatively easy to make. The trickiest part is the actual “art” of frying. I picked up a trick recently from the Crossroads cookbook – if you can stick a chopstick in hot oil and bubbles form around it, then it’s ready for frying. I now pass this knowledge onto you!
I used Dave’s Killer White Bread Done Right for these sandwiches, but you could use rolls, a more seedy bread, or whatever you think would taste best! We just happened to have a surplus of this flavor because we buy it in bulk at Costco.
In addition to the fried green tomatoes, this sandwich features a zesty corn relish made with corn, celery, onion, red pepper, apple cider vinegar and a few spices. It takes about five minutes to prepare and you can toss it on anything from toast to salad or potatoes. It also includes arugula, and slather of vegan mayo.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment or tag me at #hellyesitsvegan on Instagram. Cheers!
Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches
- 4 mixing bowls
- frying pan
- small pot
Fried Green Tomatoes
- 8 slices bread
- vegan mayo, (I used Vegenaise)
- Combine flour, garlic, cayenne, and salt – set aside. In another bowl, whisk flax and coconut milk. In a third bowl add the panko bread crumbs.
- Pour oil in a skillet and heat on medium-high (375 degrees). While the oil heats, dredge each tomato slice in the flour mixture, then the flax mixture, and lastly the panko bread crumbs. Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, and transfer to a paper towel to cool.
- Add all the corn relish ingredients to a small pot and cook on medium for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Toast your bread if you want and then assemble the sandwiches! Add a layer of fried green tomatoes to the bottom, then top with corn relish, arugula, and vegan mayo. Serve immediately