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Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese

Posted by Reuben Mickles on



  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2-3 green tomatoes sliced into 3/8 inch slices, discard the bottoms and tops
  • 2-3 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 slices english muffin bread or other white bread
  • 3-4 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 8 ounces pepper jack cheese


  1. Scoop the flour onto a plate or large bowl. Pour the buttermilk into a bowl. Mix the cornmeal, bread crumbs, kosher salt, black pepper and cayenne on another plate or large bowl.
  2. Dip a tomato slice into the flour, tossing so both sides and all of the edges are coated. Dip in the buttermilk then dredge in the cornmeal bread crumb mixture, gently patting both sides so the coating adheres. Place on a wire rack and continue with the rest of the tomatoes.
  3. Pour enough vegetable oil into a large skillet or cast iron pan to fill it about 1/2 inch from the bottom. Heat to medium high until the oil is about 350 degrees F. I test my oil with a candy thermometer.
  4. Fry the tomatoes in batches, about 3-4 at a time, flipping once so both sides are lightly browned.
  5. Drain the tomatoes on another wire rack that's been set over paper towels. Repeat for the rest of the tomatoes.
  6. Spread ½ tablespoon of butter on one side of each slice of the bread, then stack buttered sides together.
  7. Cut the monterey jack into thin slices and layer on the bottom slice of the sandwich, then layer 2-3 tomato slices (cut the tomatoes if needed to fit the bread—then layer more cheese slices on top. Place the bread buttered side down in a fry pan over medium heat. Cover with a lid and let cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden.
  8. Reduce the heat to medium-low and flip sandwich to the other side and cook for 2-3 minutes or until bread is toasty golden and cheese has melted. The second side will cook faster than the first so watch carefully.
  9. Cut in half and enjoy hot.

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  • I tried this sandwich a couple of Saturdays ago. It was so good and brought back childhood memories for me. A good mid-noon snack.

    Clara Mickles on

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