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Fried Green Tomato BLT’s with Garlic-Herb Mayo

Green tomatoes are firm, tart and slightly sweet. When fried crispy and topped with homemade Garlic-Herb Mayo they add a burst of flavor and texture to the classic American bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich.

Yield:

4 Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Blue Plate® Mayonnaise, divided
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated
  • 6 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • ½ Swans Down® Cake Flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ pounds green tomatoes, cut into ¼-inch thick slices and seeded
  • 8 slices lightly toasted sourdough bread
  • 8 slices cooked thick-cut bacon
  • 8 green, crisp lettuce leaves

Directions

  1. MAKE GARLIC HERB MAYO: In a small bowl, stir together basil, 1 cup Blue Plate® Mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, dill and garlic. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use (up to 1 week).
  2. FRY TOMATOES: Heat oil in a small Dutch oven or 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350°.
  3. PLACE flour in a small, shallow bowl. In another bowl, whisk together eggs and remaining 2 tablespoons Blue Plate® Mayonnaise. In a third bowl, stir together cornmeal, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and pepper. Dredge tomatoes, one at a time, into flour mixture, then egg mixture, then cornmeal mixture. Place dredged tomatoes on a wire rack.
  4. FRY tomatoes, working in batches, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Using a spider strainer or a slotted spatula, transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly.
  5. ASSEMBLE SANDWICHES: Divide and spread mayonnaise mixture onto bread slices. Place 2 lettuce leaves over mayonnaise mixture on 4 bread slices; top each with 2 pieces of bacon and 2 to 3 fried green tomatoes. Top with remaining 4 bread slices, mayonnaise side down. Serve Immediately.