Fried green tomatoes meets Caprese salad with a stop off at Vitello Romano.
Or something like that….
Okay, so it's not an Italian recipe – but it would be if they'd thought of it….
Supermarket tomatoes work well for this.
Nice, juicy vine-ripened tomatoes (sigh…) really aren't the thing for frying.
Fried Tomatoes alla Romano
Preparation and cooking time: 15 minutes
- 2 large red tomatoes a bit firm
- 1 ball fresh mozzarella
- 12 fresh sage leaves
- 3 thin slices Prosciutto or Bayonne or Serrano ham any dry-cured ham
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/3 cup corn meal (polenta)
- 2 tbs olive oil
- Cut ham slices in half the short way.
- Cut 3 1/3 – 1/2" (1cm) thick slices from each tomato (tossing top and bottom).
- Slice the mozzarella – one slice for each tomato slice.
- Get 3 flattish bowls or plates. Put flour in one, corn meal in one and the egg, beaten with a fork in the last.
- Put a large, nonstick skillet on medium – medium high heat. Add oil and heat.
- With your fingers (or a tongs) pick up one tomato slice, dip both sides in flour, then egg, then corn meal and place in skillet.
- Fry 3 – 5 minutes or until brown, turn with spatula and fry for 3 minutes more.
- After turning place 2 sage leaves, a piece of ham and a slice of mozzarella on top of each tomato, cover the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes – until cheese just starts to melt.
- Transfer tomatoes to individual plates and serve.
I did it again.
I can't seem to stop myself.
Some women are addicted to shoes.
Some men are addicted to caps.
I'm addicted to tomato plants.
Every year I decide I'm not going to buy so many.
I don't need 16 tomato plants.
We are only two.
The neighbors have their own.
This year I was determined. I was in control. I was exerting iron will.
Why would two people need three cherry tomato plants?
Last year I threw half of them away.
I would buy two, one yellow, one red.
Except they had white cherry tomatoes. I love the white ones. I couldn't find them last year. I had to buy one white plant.
And they had GREEN! I'd never seen green cherry tomatoes. I had to buy one green plant.
White and green tomatoes really need red to make a colorful salad.
Yes, I bought a red cherry tomato plant as well.
Three. I bought three.
I was doing well on the other tomatoes. I bought three Roma's. as planned. Well, I actually bought six because it was cheaper to buy six than to buy three, but I'm only going to plant three.
I had one red Coeur de Boeuf, one Blanch (white), one Lemon Boy, one Noir de Crimee (black) and one Green Zebra.
I was done.
Eleven plants total.
Still too many, but a nice variety.
Unfortunately, on the way to the cashier, I walked past a table that had a display of heirloom varieties.
So we added one Orange Queen, one Ananas, one Tigerella Bicolor, one Russe Rouge and one Summer Cider (?)….
A grand total of 16. Once again, I have 16 tomato plants.
But it's a nice variety……
Now if it would only stop raining so I could plant them.