Saturday, June 6, 2015

Fried Green Tomato, The Floridian's Style, Fla.

St. Augustine, Fla.—The Floridian Restaurant has found a new way to prepare fried green tomatoes. They do this by serving them on small, crispy toast points topped with creamy herbed ricotta cheese, spicy pickled green tomato relish, basil aioli sauce and fresh local basil leaves. To increase the heat the entire dish is sprinkled with chunks of fresh jalapeño pepper.

The Floridian's Fried Green Tomato Bruschetta, St. Augustine, Fla.
Copyright 2015 by Helen A Lockey

Fried green tomatoes are a traditional southern American dish made with, you guessed it, green tomatoes. The fruit, not vegetables, are sliced about ½ inch thick (1.2 cm), coated in a bath of flour, dipped in milk and egg batter, and dredged in a mix of corn meal, bread crumbs, flour, salt and pepper.  

Then they are fried in a cast iron skillet filled ½-inch (1.2 cm) deep with vegetables oil until golden brown (flipping the slices so both sides get brown). And then they are served with a spicy remoulade that is basically a spicy mayo like sauce.

The Floridian’s Fried Green Tomato Bruschetta ($9.75) is an elegant interpretation of this traditional Americana food and worth a try.

They are open for lunch six days a week (closed on Tuesday), and dinner on Friday and Saturday.

The Floridian is located at: 39 Cordova Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone (904) 829-0655

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