This savory recipe for fried tomatoes has been in our friend group for a long time, and everybody loves it. I know there are many ways to do fried tomatoes, and this is just one of them. It seems they are popular in the southern part of the U.S., and it may be done differently there! I know there is a tradition for making fried green tomatoes, if you can get them. But here is our way that we've done it for years. I know that tomatoes have a lot of nutrients and even antioxidants, so this would be healthy for you, including for elderly who like to snack.
You can make these for a snack or serve them with breakfast, brunch, lunch, or whatever!
I'm so used to just making this without actually measuring everything out, that I'm just providing estimates here for some of the ingredients. A lot will depend on how many tomatoes you are using, and your preferences.
Cut several tomatoes into about 3/4 inch slices.
2 to 3 eggs, beaten
About 1 cup flour (for coating)
About 1 cup or so of bread crumbs
(The above depends on how many tomatoes you are using, so some of this is ball-park amounts).
1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp basil
You can vary the amounts of the seasonings, and you can add in anything else you like, too.
Bacon drippings, for frying if available (you can also use bacon bits in this recipe).
Several Tablespoons of olive oil for frying
Mix together the bread crumbs and seasonings in a flat pan. Put the flour in a separate pan, and the egg in a separate pan. Pie pans are good - this is for the coating process. Coat the tomatoes first in flour, then egg, then the bread crumb mixture. Heat the oil and bacon drippings together. When hot, place the coated tomatoes in the hot oil and fry till crisp on one side. Then turn. Turn just once.
Sometimes elderly, I know, are not able to eat a lot of salt. So the salt amount can be adjusted. This is a really delicious way of making fried tomatoes. It gives a good variation to snacking, and trying something new.