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Colonel Sanders' Fried Tomatoes

Celebrate Tomato Season With This Delicious Snack

Amy Robach talks to a chef putting a new spin on the colonel's dishes.
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

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  • 3 large firm, ripe tomatoes (Beefsteak tomato or similar)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3–4 tablespoons (45 to 60 mL) of milk
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • Unseasoned bread crumbs
  • Flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter plus more as needed
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil plus more as needed
  • Cooking Directions

    Slice tomatoes 1/2-inch (13 mm) thick. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

    Whisk together milk and eggs in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, spread out a thick layer of bread crumbs. Place dishes side by side on the counter so you can bread the tomatoes before frying.

    Dip each tomato slice in the egg-milk mixture to coat, then in the flour. Dip the floured tomato slice back into the egg, and then into the bread crumbs.

    With heat at medium-high, add butter and oil to 10-inch (25 cm) skillet.

    When butter is melted and oil is hot, place coated tomato slices (three or four at a time) in the frying pan, and fry until golden brown on each side, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Add more butter or oil to the pan, as necessary.

    Drain cooked tomato slices on a plate that has been covered with a paper towel.

    Edward Lee's Variation: Instead of serving as a side dish, turn these delicious fried tomatoes as the centerpiece of a salad. Start with a small bed of Bibb or Boston lettuce, place two or three fried tomatoes over the lettuce and top with a dollop of buttermilk dressing over each fried tomato.

    Buttermilk Dressing:

    1/4 cup buttermilk, 1 garlic clove smashed, 3 tablespoons sour cream, 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/4 cup chopped herbs – a mix of parsley, chives and tarragon, Salt and pepper to taste

    Combine all ingredients into a blender and puree on medium until fully blended. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator until ready to use.

    Recipe courtesy KFC.

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: flour, butter, tomatoes, salt

    Course: Snack, Side Dish

    More Info: Kids Friendly

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