Whiskey Kitchen’s Fried Green Tomatoes

NashvilleRace4You know the old phrase, “When in Rome …”

Well, when in the South, do as the Southerner’s do … fry it!

Last year I flew up to Nashville to visit my dear friend, Maranda, so we could walk/run the Nashville Country Music Half Marathon.  I hadn’t seen her in a long time and I figured walking 13.1 miles would take us about 3 hours, giving us plenty of time to chat while burning calories to boot.

The race itself was fantastic … the residents set up camp in their front lawns to cheer on the participants.  Some even got involved my handing out snacks and drinks.  Our favorite was the “Run Buzz” lawn pouring mimosas.  Ah yes, nothing like a little bubbly to motivate the muscles.  Thank goodness this race was walker-friendly because gabbing about celebrity gossip mixed with champagne had us trotting along at a comfortable (eh em, slow) speed.  Though, we weren’t last in the race.  There is a group that trails the end of runners and walkers by while hoola hooping the whole 13.1 miles.  They raise money for charities and call it Hooping for Hope.  I kid you not.  It’s impressive.NashvilleRace3
Typically, one can burn about 100 calories per mile,  so I figured I could indulge in some Southern fried fare. We went downtown and popped into a place called, The Whiskey Kitchen.  Yes, I chose it just because of the name. Do you blame me? Here you can get a flight of whiskey in the same way most restaurants will serve you a flight of wine for a taste pairing.  I figured if we were going to feel any soreness from the 13.1 miles … a shot of whiskey would cure it. And what better to go with whiskey than Fried Green Tomatoes? Not everyone at the table was a culinary adventurer as I am … but we all took a fork and dug in as soon as the hot crispy little saucers were brought to our table.

“What whiskey cannot cure, there is no cure for.” – Irish Proverb

Exhausted from the days activities, I missed the opportunity to get the recipe.  My friend, Maranda, went back later and did her handy work (smile, flirt and giggle her way into the kitchen) and talked the recipe out of Chef Kyle Wachner.   So here it is, the recipe for some mouth-watering, post-race southern fried fare … Fried Green Tomatoes.  Add some biscuits and gravy … and you’ve got one authentic Southern breakfast.

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Whiskey Kitchen’s Fried Green Tomatoes

From Chef Kyle Wachner
(This recipe is typically for 100 tomatoes.
I’ve scaled down the recipe for 5 large tomatoes.)
Ingredients:
1/2 C Flour
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp pepper
Equal parts minced garlic and onion, to taste.
3 parts buttermilk to 1 part hot sauce
Green Tomatoes, sliced thick (1/4 – 1/2 inch)
Boursin Cheese (recipe below)
Ham Tapenade (recipe below)
Directions:
Combine buttermilk and hot sauce.  Stir until well mixed. (this is your wet batter)
Soak tomato slices in mixture
Mix flour, salt, pepper, onions, and garlic.  (this is your dry batter)
Double batter the tomatoes to make them thick.  The process is – wet, dry, wet dry.
Then, drop into your fryer and cook until they float (about a minute)
Assembly:
Toss Spinach with olive oil and pepper and set on plate.
Place 1  fried tomato on spinach and top with boursin cheese and ham tapenade.
Repeat, cascading the tomatoes until you have 3.
Drizzle with apple butter and enjoy!

Boursin Cheese Recipe

(make 24 hrs ahead of time)
Ingredients:
8 oz cream cheese
4 to 6 oz heavy cream
1 tbsp minced basil
lemon peel (grated from 1 lemon)
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Combine all ingredients and add enough heavy cream to create a sour cream-like texture.

Ham Tapenade

(make 24 hours ahead of time)
Ingredients
1/2 C diced ham
1/2 C diced tomato
2 Tbsp chopped onion
1 Tbsp sweet relish
1 tsp pepper relish
salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Combine all ingredients
About Rachelle Lucas

Rachelle is a writer, spokesperson, and travel videographer. She believes the best way to learn about a destination is through its flavors and collects recipes from her trips to recreate them here on The Travel Bite. She’s currently the Food and Dining Insider for Visit Florida and was recently named by KRED as one of the Top 50 Travel Bloggers in the world.

As much as Rachelle enjoys traveling and tasting new foods, she also loves to run. She’s completed the New York City Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon as well at 5 half marathons.

Comments

  1. Maranda says:

    Can I just say, these were out of this world! And so good, I did go back for seconds as well as to get the recipe. Trust me, for anyone who grew up being served the old flat green tomoatos pan fied in a flour base with little to no taste – you are in for an eye opening treat. They are like NOTHING I’ve ever had.

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