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Dinner Tonight: Fried Green Tomato BLT

Although I'm a little surprised to say this, my new favorite BLT is made with fried green tomatoes. I got the idea from someone I had just met. We were sitting at a bar, and after a few drinks it sounded just strange enough that it might actually work. When I started searching, I realized that many, many people had thought of this before. Some tried to spruce up the recipe, adding all kinds of herbs and such. I just wanted to replace the T with FGT. I decided to find the best way to fry a green tomato and go from there.

The recipe for the fried green tomatoes came from the Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook. The green tomatoes are dredged in flour and cornmeal, dipped into a milk-and-egg mixture, and redredged before taking a dip in the fryer. They come out crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. It's a great contrast, and in a sandwich that relies on the interplay of different textures, it's a welcome treat.

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