If you like fried green tomatoes than you will probably like these Low Carb Baked Green Tomatoes
Low Carb Baked Green Tomatoes
People who live in the Southern States in America know all about fried green tomatoes.
These people eat them as appetizers and as a side to their meals. However, this favorite food is also breaded and fried.
Tomatoes are a healthy fruit.
They are delicious to eat as well. The average tomato provides us with a good dose of Vitamin C as well as Vitamin A.
Sadly, there are carbohydrates and added calories in Fried Green Tomatoes.
However, there are ways to lessen the carbohydrates and calories and still enjoy this tasty treat.
We can change our Fried Green Tomatoes to become Baked Green Tomatoes very easily.
Baking, rather than frying, reduces the calories in food.
Baking can also make the preparation process a bit healthier for us as well. You will find that baking these tomatoes is easier and less messy than frying them.
Switching out the flour is another way that we can lessen the carbs in this.
I use a flour alternative that is low in carbs. You can find Carbalose Flour on Amazon.
You can substitute Carbalose Flour for regular all purpose flour.
Bakers use Carbalose Flour as a wheat flour substitute. This is because it behaves like wheat flour because it is made mostly from wheat. However, Carbalose Flour lacks most non-fiber carbohydrates.
I bake with this flour all of the time.
People who watch their carbs like that it contains 80% less carbs than regular flour. It can be used just the same as well.
I have never been big on fried anything.
Some folks that I know would fry just about anything.
I’m one of those people who will try to figure out how I can bake what they fry. This is one example of that.
A Green Tomato is actually a tomato that has yet to ripen.
Gardeners, like myself, know that there are times when there are an abundance of tomatoes in the garden, including those green ones.
Green is the color of a tomato before it turns red.
There really is no specific kind of tomato that you need to use to make a fried, or baked, green tomato.
You can choose any variety of tomato to bake. While I am generally partial to the Roma tomato, perhaps for this recipe something larger, such as a beefsteak, would work well in this instance.
It was about the time that that I had an over-abundance of tomatoes growing in my garden with the threat of an oncoming frost alert that I discovered that green tomatoes do have a use.
Fried or Baked Green Tomatoes are made with tomatoes that are green.
By green, I mean tomatoes that are not yet ripened.
Green unripened tomatoes are hard, as in not soft and juicy, which makes them the perfect candidate for a baked or fried food.This is why we use green unripened tomatoes.
What kind of tomato should you use to make Fried or Baked Green Tomatoes?
This is a personal choice. For me, it has to do with the green tomatoes that I have on hand. I grow Roma tomatoes. I love the taste of Roma tomatoes and I use them in just about anything that I make that calls for a tomato.
You could bake this or fry this in a skillet.
You can make this baked or fried. However, I have even made these on the grill. Some folks enjoy the taste of fried green tomato while others enjoy the ‘healthier’ idea of a baked tomato. To fry this, simply fry it as you would normally fry something in a skillet.
- Tomatoes- 4-6 green tomatoes, depending on size. Sliced 1/2″ thick slices.
- Flour (AP) or low carb or Almond Flour – 1 cup
- OPTIONAL- Corn meal- 1/2 cup. If using corn meal, subtract 1/2 cup from flour/flour alternative used in above.
- Seasonings to taste- such as salt, pepper, garlic salt, salt-free alternatives etc.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil- can use virgin or alternative. Using an oil ‘spritzer’ can also be used to adhere the flour to the tomato slices and thus, be ready to bake.
How to make Fried or Baked Green Tomatoes
- You should preheat the oven to 350 and prep a baking pan for nonstick. I use parchment paper for this.
- In a small mixing bowl, you can mix together the dry ingredients- the flour/alternative, corn meal, and seasonings.
- In another small bowl, place about a tablespoon of oil. Optionally, you can use an oil spritzer as this will also work well.
- You should lightly coat each individual slice with the oil and then dip it into the dry ingredient bowl, covering adequately.
- I recommend using a prepped baking rack on top of the baking pan. If you do not have one you can simply use the baking pan. Place each prepared tomato slice onto the rack/baking pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes, flip over your slices, bake for another 20 minutes or until brown.
Purchase the oil spritzers on Amazon.
Use the spritzers in recipes, such as this one. Also, spritz oil on lettuce or snacks that need a bit of oil on them.