Fried Tomatoes alla Romano; tomato addiction lives on

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

Fried Tomatoes Sage


  • 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? 

They don't. 

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.


9 thoughts on “Fried Tomatoes alla Romano; tomato addiction lives on”

  1. One can never have enough fresh tomatoes . . . I envy you the space to plan them. Of course, if I were your neighbor, I’d encourage you to buy even more!

  2. Katie – I am on my way to a local farm today. I too promised myself not to go overboard. Like you, I think this might be a loosing battle. We shall see!

  3. I think you got exactly the right number of tomato plants. What Manningroad said, plus, what the heck – this year, those pesky rabbits (or puppies) might get some, so you’ll be glad you have extras.

  4. Well gosh darn don’t those tomatoes look decadent. Some food is just begging to be eaten, isn’t it? And I concur with the Gary up above – you can never have enough fresh tomatoes. – Gary

  5. manningroad, that’s exactly what I said! Mon mari didn’t agree. What does he know.
    Gary, absolutely. The more I have the more I can eat!
    Ina, there were just so many varieties I wanted to try
    Tv Food – thanks… And I do have a freezer to fill up…
    Meredith, I freeze. I use to can, freezing is easier LOL
    brisbane, thanks…

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