A Green Tomato Year

5. Increase the heat to medium-high, and place the tomato slices carefully in the pan. Don’t crowd them. Cook about 2 minutes each side, and remove to a tray lined with paper towels. If you’re doing a second batch, place the tray in a very low oven (200 degrees) to keep warm meanwhile.

6. Serve just as is, or make a dipping sauce of mayonnaise blended with Dijon mustard and garlic (or pickle relish, or sriracha, or diced green chilies and adobo sauce, or — you get the idea).

This is a popular snack item, all by itself. But it’s also the basis of a great sandwich (use your special mayonnaise blend on the bread), and a very appealing brunch dish: For each guest, toast and butter an English muffin, top with one large fried green tomato, and top that with a soft-fried egg. Okay, add hollandaise sauce if you insist, but it’s just as good without it.

 

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