by Erin Marissa Russell
If you’re excited to cook with your homegrown tomatoes but don’t want to wait long enough for them to ripen, it’s time to learn the ropes of cooking with green tomatoes. Green tomatoes are simply underripe tomatoes of all varieties, and they’re similar in flavor to the tomatillo that verde salsa is made from. Though green tomatoes feature most prominently in American Southern cuisine, the possibilities are nearly limitless when it comes to how you’ll prepare the tomatoes you harvest from your garden. Keep reading to find out just how many ways there are to serve fresh green tomatoes.
Enjoy Green Tomatoes in Yeast Breads, Cornbreads, and Muffins
The crisp flavor and moist texture of green tomatoes makes them a perfect fit for including in breads you make at home. We’ll talk about sweet breads and other desserts later. This section focuses exclusively on savory quick breads, yeast breads, cornbreads, and muffins.
Put Green Tomatoes to Work in Condiments
Green tomatoes traditionally turn up in all kinds of condiments, from jam to relish to Southern chow chow. Using your green tomatoes in condiments may allow you to store the tomatoes for longer than you could keep them on the counter or in the refrigerator. And the variety of flavors to choose from in these recipes means you can serve green tomatoes with all kinds of meals.
Call on a Classic Dish with Variations on Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried green tomatoes is the quintessential preparation for unripened tomatoes—for good reason. The slightly sour tomatoes play against the salty batter, and the moist texture of the fresh tomato contrasts with the crumbly fried batter. There are plenty of ways to make fried green tomatoes a unique part of your next meal. Peruse the recipe in this section to see what we mean.
Dish Up Comfort with Green Tomato Gratins or Casseroles
Nothing evokes home cooking like a still-bubbling casserole dish that’s just out of the oven. Gratins and casseroles are the final word in comfort food, so they’re sure to please even the pickiest palates. The recipes below should provide you some inspiration for turning your harvest of green tomatoes into one-dish meals.
Let Green Tomatoes Shine Inside the Crusts of Galettes, Pies, and Tarts
Tomato pie is a Southern staple, and the same goes for green tomatoes. Whatever the crust vehicle you opt for, you’ll have an unexpected and tasty dish as a result. Check out all the ways to include your homegrown green tomatoes in pies, tarts, and more below.
Feature Green Tomatoes in Sandwiches of All Kinds
A popular way to eat fried green tomatoes is to tuck them into a sandwich. From the traditional fried tomato po’ boy to upgraded sliders, green tomatoes are meaty enough to serve as the main sandwich filling—but some of the sandwich recipes here double up to pair them with meat anyway. Explore the possibilities with the green tomato sandwich recipes below.
Put the Spotlight on Green Tomatoes with Creative Main Dishes
Of course, you have more options for main dishes made of green tomatoes than fried green tomatoes and po’ boys. These recipes call on global cuisines and complex ingredient pairings to really let your homegrown green tomatoes shine. And many of these ideas can stand alone as a one-dish meal.
Opt for Fresh Salads to Show Off Homegrown Green Tomatoes
To really savor the deliciousness of green tomatoes fresh from the garden, it’s essential to eat them raw. What better way to serve up raw green tomatoes than in a vibrant summer salad? From simple combinations to salads that use off-kilter ingredients like fig or honeydew melon, you’re sure to find something to love in the list below.
Whip Up Simple Sides from Fresh Green Tomatoes
There’s no need to make up a grocery list or spend tons of time in the kitchen to get your homegrown green tomatoes on the table. The recipes here use simple preparations and just a few ingredients to show off your garden’s green tomatoes to the max. Just take a look at all these options.
Simmer Your Green Tomatoes into Soups and Stews
Green tomatoes do just as well as their riper counterparts when they’re served up in soups and stews. And just like with red tomato soups, there’s no shortage of flavor profiles to choose from. We’ve rounded up the best green tomato soup recipes on the internet to save you the trouble.
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth With Desserts Made from Homegrown Green Tomatoes
That’s right—though it may surprise you, green tomatoes can contribute to all kinds of desserts and sweet treats. When you’ve had your fill of savory preparations, it’s time to put green tomatoes on the dessert menu.
Armed with all these recipes, you should be well equipped to whip up tons of delicious dishes with the green tomatoes from your garden. But if you still have more than you bargained for, you can freeze green tomatoes just like you would red tomatoes [https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze/tomato_green.html]. Of course, that just means you’ll have to wait for the tomatoes to defrost when you want to try out one of these dishes.