Looking back on my childhood, one of my favorite things to eat during the summers were cherry tomatoes right from my grandparents’ garden. Homegrown tomatoes are leaps and bounds better than store-bought tomatoes, so when my boyfriend’s father brought me a bag of cherry tomatoes from his garden last week, I couldn’t have been more excited! It brought back memories of when I was younger, carefully stepping between my grandpa’s tomato plants looking for the perfect tomato.
Fried green tomatoes are undeniably delicious, especially bite-sized, which I learned from this recipe! But I didn’t just fry the green tomatoes, I fried all of the colors. And you know what I found out? All of the colors of tomatoes were equally as delicious fried.
The coating is made of both Italian breadcrumbs and Panko breadcrumbs, so there was the perfect combination of flavor and crunch.
Once I fried them to golden perfection, I drizzled ranch on the top, which raised the deliciousness factor tenfold.
This recipe is perfect for all of the tomatoes that you have left from the tomato season that you don’t know what to do with. If you’ve never fried a tomato, you need to try it. For me. They work as an appetizer, a lunch, a side… very versatile. Little bites of fried Heaven.
- ½ cup flour
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons milk
- ½ cup Italian breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, assorted colors
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- Ranch for drizzle
- Arrange three separate small bowls in a row
- Add flour to the first bowl
- Make an egg wash in the second bowl with the egg and milk (whisk together)
- Add both breadcrumbs to the third bowl
- Cut the cherry tomatoes in half
- Add oil to a small skillet, heating over medium heat
- Dredge the tomatoes in flour (one at a time)
- Transfer tomato to egg wash bowl and toss until covered
- Move to breadcrumb bowl and cover tomato with breadcrumbs
- Set aside and repeat until all tomatoes are coated
- In batches, add tomatoes to the skillet, lightly browning on all sides (will only need about 20 seconds in the skillet)
- Continue until all tomatoes are fried
- Drizzle with ranch dressing
- Dig in!