Friday, July 25, 2014

BLT w/ Panko Crusted Fried Green Tomatoes and Onion Jam

There's nothing quite like a BLT with fresh lettuce and tomato from the garden ( or grocer) with smoky, salty and crunchy bacon along for the harmonious ride.  Adding an old time summer favorite of fried green tomatoes really sets the crunch and flavor factor on it's ear.  I  created a wonderful onion jam to slather on the tomatoes and this sandwich or any other delectable you desire with this naturally sweet and savory spread that pairs perfectly with the golden discs of tomato.
I fondly remember my days as a girl, and my then best friend Danielle, we would raid our gardens religiously.  We would gather tomatoes from our expansive garden for the ripe and ready to eat, grab the whole container of salt, and sit on our front porch to enjoy our literal shirt loads of tomatoes until we were full. Then on other days , we would scurry on to her family's garden and grab the biggest green tomatoes we could find. Danielle and I would go into their kitchen, at the time I had no place in ours,where she would fry those slices and we'd enjoy them hot from the pan!  Those were some of the awesome memories amassed over the years, as precious as any fine stone or metal.
sliced green tomatoes, 1/4 inch
seasoned flour
egg wash
oil for frying
Toss sliced tomatoes in seasoned flour and dip in egg wash.
Toss in Panko and Fry in 350* oil until floating and golden.
Drain on paper towels and serve hot or warm.
Onion Jam
3 c. yellow onion, thinly sliced, about 2 medium
1 tsp. brown sugar
3 sprigs lime thyme or regular thyme
2 tbsp. butter
In a large saute pan over medium high heat, melt butter and add onions , brown sugar and thyme.
Cook for about 2 minutes, then reduce heat to medium low and slowly cook onions until golden and reduced to about 1/2 c., about 30 minutes ,
Remove stems of thyme
Transfer to bowl and cream onions with an immersion blender or use a food processor.
Transfer to serving dish.

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