Friday, September 12, 2014

Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes with Sriracha-Ranch Dipping Sauce (Gluten-Free, Low-Carb)

Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes with Sriracha-Ranch Dipping Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com
Baked green tomatoes, coated with seasoned almond flour and served with a spicy Sriracha-Ranch sauce!

(For Phase One Fridays I feature Phase One Recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites.  Phase One Recipes are also Low-Carb and Gluten-Free.  These amazing Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes are seriously delicious, but almond flour is calorie-dense, so use portion control if you're eating this for phase one!)

This is the time of year when people with vegetable gardens have a lot of green tomatoes on the vines, and some of those tomatoes are never going to get ripe. And if you still have green tomatoes, do I dare to say that you *must* make these Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes with Sriracha-Ranch Dipping Sauce.  Seriously, they were so good that I wondered why it has taken me so long to try a healthier riff on fried green tomatoes, and I'm sure I'll make them every year now when I have green tomatoes.

In a process that I admit is slightly tricky, I coated the tomatoes by dipping them in egg and then in a mixture of almond flour and Old Bay Lemon and Herb Seasoning. I used Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour (made in Utah!), a fantastic product that I always have in my freezer, but if you have the coarser Bob's Red Mill Almond Meal, I think it would work, although I might be tempted to buzz it in the food processor so it's a little finer.  You have to be a little persistent to get the tomato slices coated with the almond flour mixture, and I'd mix the flour with the Old Bay and then use half of it at a time, because after you've done a few tomatoes the flour starts to get pretty clumped together.  But believe me when I say that these delicious Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes are worth the trouble.

Pick six firm green tomatoes.  (We looked for ones that weren't even starting to ripen.

Cut each tomato into slices about 1/2 inch thick.  (We only used the larger inner slices and discarded the rounded ends of the tomato.)

Mix 3/4 cup almond flour with 2 tsp. Old Bay (or less, it was fairly spicy).  Beat two eggs in one small bowl and in another bowl put half the almond flour mixture.

Dip each tomato first into the egg (so both sides is coated) and then into the almond flour mixture.  (Press down with your fork to make the almond flour stick if needed.  When the first half of the almond flour mixture is getting clumpy, discard, wipe out the bowl, and switch to the second half.)  Put the coated tomatoes on a baking sheet that you have sprayed with non-stick spray. 

Bake the tomatoes about 40 minutes at 350F/180C, turning them carefully halfway through.  While they're cooking mix 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing with 1-2 tsp. Sriracha Rooster Sauce to make the dipping sauce.  Serve hot.


Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes with Sriracha-Ranch Dipping Sauce 
(Makes about 4 servings; recipe created by Kalyn and Jake.)

Ingredients:
6 green tomatoes, sliced about 1/2 inch thick 
3/4 cup Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour (If you only have almond meal, I would buzz in food processor to make it finer)
2 tsp. Old Bay Lemon and Herb Seasoning (or any spicy seasoning mix; use more or less to taste)
2 eggs, beaten well
1/2 cup Ranch Dressing (I confess I love the Ranch mix in a package that you mix with buttermilk)
1-2 tsp. Sriracha Rooster Sauce (start with 1 tsp. and taste to see if you want it more spicy)

Instructions:
Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350F/180C.  Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Cut the tomatoes into slices about 1/2 inch thick.  (We used the flat inner pieces and discarded the ends of the tomatoes with rounded edges.)  Beat the eggs in a small bowl.  In another bowl, mix the almond flour and Old Bay Seasoning.  Remove and save half of the almond flour mixture, so you can work with two batches. 

One at a time, dip both sides of each tomato slice into the egg and then into the almond flour mixture, using the fork or your fingers to press the almond mixture on to the tomato slice so it sticks.  Place each tomato on the baking sheet after it's coated with the almond flour mixture.  (Don't worry if they aren't completely perfect; just work on getting each one coated with almond flour as much as you can.)

Bake tomatoes 35-40 minutes, turning carefully once.  While the tomatoes bake, mix together the ranch dressing and Sriracha sauce to make the dipping sauce.  The baked tomatoes are done when the almond mixture is lightly browned on each side and tomatoes are cooked through.  Serve hot.

I saved some of these to see how they would hold up to a night in the refrigerator.   I reheated them about 15 minutes in a preheated toaster oven set on 450F/230C.  Although they were best freshly made, I thought the reheated ones were surprisingly good.

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South Beach Suggestions: 
I would eat this for any phase of the South Beach Diet.  (Even though almond flour isn't officially approved for phase one, I think it would be okay for a dish like this, where only a little flour sticks to each tomato.)  Use portion control since both almonds and mayo are a limited food, and don't eat nuts as a snack on the day you're having this if you're doing Phase one.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

Ten More Ideas with Green Tomatoes:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Salsa Verde with Green Tomatoes, Avocado, and Cilantro from Kalyn's Kitchen
Pickled Green Tomatoes from White on Rice Couple
Fried Green Tomatoes from Simply Recipes
Fried Green Tomato Salad with Grilled Onions and Corn from Sass and Veracity
No-Sugar Green Tomato Relish from Farmgirl Fare
Slow Roasted Green Tomatoes from The Perfect Pantry
Roasted Green Tomato Guacamole Salsa from Jeanette's Healthy Living
Bacon, Lettuce, and Fried Green Tomato Sliders from Taste and Tell
Pickled Green Tomatoes from Homesick Texan
Fried Green Tomatoes with Chipotle Sour Cream from Andrea Meyers
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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32 comments:

  1. At the farmer's markets here I actually see green tomatoes almost year-round! Crazy. I LOVE this oven-fried version of fried green tomatoes! All the crispy crunchiness...none of the guilty calories.

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  2. Thanks Joanne; they really were just so good!

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  3. These look great, Kalyn. I have some green tomatoes on the counter. What a great idea!

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  4. Kelley, hope you try them. The almond flour makes them so tasty!

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  5. I love you so much for these! I will let you know how they go, but I have had success with every recipe of yours I've tried so far, so I'm pretty confident:-)

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  6. Bevvbevv, hope you enjoy, and so glad the recipes are working well for you!

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  7. These look delicious!
    Recently I had been browsing for green tomatoe recipes and found out, that unripe varieties of red tomatoes are no good for eating due to high level of Solanin.
    Are the tomatoes you've been using actually green tomatoes (by variety) or unripe - and therefore green - tomatoes of another kind?

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  8. I'm using unripe tomatoes, which I can assure you people have been eating for hundreds of years. But if this concerns you, you could use my favorite Green Zebra tomatoes, which are green when ripe.

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  9. Multikulinaria, after doing a little research on google, it seems that green tomatoes are only a problem if they're eaten in large quantities at a time, so I'm not worried.

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  10. I'm sure I can't wait until next summer to make this recipe with green tomatoes, so I'm going to give them a try with some less than beautiful red tomatoes from the supermarket.

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  11. Lydia, I think that would still be delish. Wish I could send you some green tomatoes, lol!

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  12. I haven't had fried green tomatoes in ages and I love that you used almond flour here! Of course I love that you baked them instead of frying them. Bookmarked.

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  13. Miss Kalyn you have outdone yourself with these! My little Georgian heart can't take it! I'm going to have to dig up some green tomatoes from the Publix asap!

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  14. These look wonderful. As a girl raised in the south, now eating low-carb, I have missed fried green tomatoes, now we can have them again, thanks heaps I love your recipes!

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  15. lovely idea but what to use if you are allergic to nuts?

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  16. Emily and Francie so glad you like the idea.

    This will obviously not work for someone who's allergic to nuts. You might try garbanzo flour, or look for a more traditional recipe for fried green tomatoes.

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  17. It just so happens that I have a bag of green tomatoes on my kitchen counter right now!! Thank you Kalyn for the recipe!

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  18. Oh, Kalyn, what a brilliant recipe! As I think I've mentioned before, I came late to my love of fried green tomatoes (and, of course, most are not gluten free), which means I've got a lot of catching up to do. Thank you for making these SBD-compliant and gluten free! These will get made. I'm tempted to run to the grocery store on the way home, just so I can make them immediately. :-)

    Thanks,
    Shirley

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  19. Thanks Shirley; hope you enjoy as much as we did!

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  20. This looks like a great recipe, Kalyn! I wish I'd seen this before my green tomatoes went bad... I'll just have to make this next year!

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  21. In my book it is NEVER too late for green tomatoes. Yours look lovely!

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  22. I have the 1935 edition of The Household Searchlight Recipe Book that was given to my grandmother when she married my grandfather in June of 1935. In it is a recipe for Green Tomato Mincemeat that is totally awesome!! Tastes just like the real thing, is a breeze to fix, it's an easy recipe to double or quadruple, and is wonderful as mincemeat pie or tarts so bring on the unripe tomatoes!! I was going to post a link to the book for the original recipe but can't find it on-line. Here's a link to a similar recipe that I found: http://southernfood.about.com/od/greentomatoes/r/bl30515t.htm

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  23. Just made a vegan version of these tomatoes, with a few other changes to accomodate what I had on hand, and posted to my blog, Veggie Quest. (With a shout-out to Kalyn's Kitchen, of course!) They turned out great--thanks for the inspiration! :-)

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  24. Lee, so glad they worked for you; going to check out your post right now.

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  25. Kalyn,
    Love this recipe! Going to make as soon as I get my hands on some green tomatoes. And Honeyville almond flour--the best!
    Thanks!

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  26. Lett, hope you enjoy! And I wish I had green tomatoes to share.

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  27. Just returned from all my travels with 'catch as catch can' eating and your green tomato recipe is what I need right now...home grown vegetables (from the Tuesday Farmers Market of course). Thanks, Kalyn.

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  28. Kalyn, can these be made with regular flour (maybe with breadcrumbs)? Thanks!

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    1. I would assume so, but I haven't tried it so I can't say for sure.

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