Bacon, Lettuce, Fried Green Tomato
12 thick smoked bacon slices
4 med green tomatoes - (to large)
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbl sugar
4 tbl butter - (to 6)
8 slc sourdough bread
Mayonnaise as needed
4 thin red onion slices
4 iceberg lettuce leaves
Fry the bacon in a heavy 12-inch skillet over medium heat until crisp, 5 to 6
minutes. Drain on paper towels and set aside. Reserve the bacon grease in the
skillet, but discard any large bits of bacon that might burn.
Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes 1/3- to 1/2-inch thick. Mix the cornmeal, salt,
pepper, cayenne and sugar together in a pie plate. Dredge the tomatoes in the
Add 4 tablespoons of butter to the reserved bacon grease and melt over medium
heat. If you prefer not to use the bacon grease, wipe the pan clean and add a
little more butter, about 2 tablespoons.
When the foam from the melting butter has subsided, add the tomato slices and
cook until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully turn the tomatoes with a spatula
and cook for 3 to 4 minutes more.
Toast the bread slices until golden. To assemble the sandwiches, spread the
bread with mayonnaise to taste. Arrange the tomatoes on half of the bread
slices, then place the bacon on top, followed by the onion slices - one per
sandwich - and the lettuce. Place the remaining bread on top of each sandwich
and slice in half. Secure the layers with a toothpick.
Makes 4 servings.