Mom’s Cracker Meal Fried Tomatoes with everything but the kitchen sink sauce

Got this recipe from my mom. Her mom made these tomatoes for her when she was a kid and she made them for me. I love them so much! So NOT good for you, but taste so GOOD! They are like fried green tomatoes, but you use beefsteak tomatoes instead.

So here are my mom’s
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and here are mine…

so you will need:
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Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Kosher salt, to taste
Cracker Meal (My mom gave me this box, but she said that she can only find it at Wal Mart)
1 large beefsteak tomato, make sure its not too ripe
3 eggs
Creole/Cajun Seasoning (My mom doesn’t add this, but I am because I think it would make a nice addition to the recipe)
(Not in the picture) Veggie oil, for frying

Start by washing the tomato (I ended up using two tomatoes because I love these)
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and slice the tomato a little thick because you don’t want them too thin then they will end up mushy after cooking
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crack the 3 eggs in a medium bowl
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so since I did 2 tomatoes, I decided to add another egg, so crack 4 eggs into a bowl
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whisk the eggs well
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In another medium bowl pour 1/2 the box of cracker meal
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Then season the cracker meal with the Creole/Cajun seasoning, to taste. I was very generous with the Creole/Cajun seasoning
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season both sides of the tomato slices with salt and Pepper, to taste
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place the tomato slices in the egg, one at a time
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you can use your fingers or a fork and drain the excess eggs off the tomato
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Then place the tomato in the cracker meal
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coat one side of the tomato with the crack meal and then flip tomato over and coat the other side with the cracker meal
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place the breaded tomatoes on a plate in a single layer and set aside until you are ready to cook

grab a large cast iron skillet, or large skillet and coat the bottom of the pan with 1/2 an inch of oil and heat pan and heat to medium high heat
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finish dredging the tomatoes in the eggs and cracker meal, while the pan of oil gets nice and hot
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test the oil by sprinkling in a little cracker meal in the oil and if it sizzles then its nice and hot and go ahead and add the tomatoes. I added about 4 at a time don’t over crowd the pan.

Then I sprinkled a little more Creole/Cajun seasoning over the tomato slices
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That is love, right there
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cook the tomatoes for about 7-10 minutes
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then flip them, they should look nice and brown
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cook the other side for another 7-10 minutes or until they are nice and brown

Then crab a plate lined with a couple layers of paper towels and lay the cooked tomatoes on the paper towels to drain the excess grease
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Then serve the tomatoes nice and hot
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I also made a sauce to go over them. I just made it up! I will call it everything but the kitchen sink sauce, because there is a lot of ingredients that go into this sauce
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So here is what I put in my sauce:
May-o (I love Hellmans but use whatever you like)
Sour cream
Grainy Dijon mustard (I love this stuff)
Horseradish (add a nice kick)
Cayenne Pepper
Worcestershire sauce
Smoked Paprika
Creole Seasoning (Of course)
BBQ Rub (I got mine from Wabash in Kansas City, But you could use another kind, or make your own)
Freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt
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I measured for you, so you know exactly how to make this since I made it up as I went along (those are the best kind of recipes).

So add all the follow ingredients to a medium sized bowl
Add 1 cup of May-o
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1/3 cup of sour cream
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1/4 cup Grainy Dijon mustard
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heaping Tablespoon of Horseradish
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I didn’t have this in the picture with all the other ingredients but I added it, cocktail sauce, I know weird, but hey its spicy and tastes good.
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1 tablespoon
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1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
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1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
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another ingredient I added was, Louisiana hot sauce (love this stuff)
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1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
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1 teaspoon of love, oh wait, I mean Creole Seasoning
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then a teaspoon of the BBQ Rub
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another ingredient I added in last minute, Garlic salt (I add this to everything)
1 teaspoon
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OK there is everything added to the bowl
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now whisk it all together, really well
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Mine was little runny so I added in 1/2 a cup more of may-o to help thicken it up some
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Mix the may-o in really well

and there you go, a Jamie concoction sauce
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Recipe

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Cracker Meal (My mom gave me this box, but she said that she can only find it at Wal Mart)
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato, make sure its not too ripe
  • 3 eggs
  • Creole/Cajun Seasoning (My mom doesn’t add this, but I am because I think it would make a nice addition to the recipe)
  • Veggie oil, for frying
  • Start by washing the tomato (I ended up using two tomatoes because I love these)
  • and slice the tomato a little thick because you don’t want them too thin then they will end up mushy after cooking
  • crack the 3 eggs in a medium bowl
  • so since I did 2 tomatoes, I decided to add another egg, so crack 4 eggs into a bowl
  • whisk the eggs well
  • In another medium bowl pour 1/2 the box of cracker meal
  • Then season the cracker meal with the Creole/Cajun seasoning, to taste. I was very generous with the Creole/Cajun seasoning
  • season both sides of the tomato slices with salt and Pepper, to taste
  • place the tomato slices in the egg, one at a time
  • you can use your fingers or a fork and drain the excess eggs off the tomato
  • Then place the tomato in the cracker meal
  • coat one side of the tomato with the crack meal and then flip tomato over and coat the other side with the cracker meal
  • place the breaded tomatoes on a plate in a single layer and set aside until you are ready to cook
  • grab a large cast iron skillet, or large skillet and coat the bottom of the pan with 1/2 an inch of oil and heat pan and heat to medium high heat
  • finish dredging the tomatoes in the eggs and cracker meal, while the pan of oil gets nice and hot
  • test the oil by sprinkling in a little cracker meal in the oil and if it sizzles then its nice and hot and go ahead and add the tomatoes. I added about 4 at a time don’t over crowd the pan.
  • Then I sprinkled a little more Creole/Cajun seasoning over the tomato slices
  • cook the tomatoes for about 7-10 minutes
  • then flip them, they should look nice and brown
  • cook the other side for another 7-10 minutes or until they are nice and brown
  • Then crab a plate lined with a couple layers of paper towels and lay the cooked tomatoes on the paper towels to drain the excess grease
  • Then serve the tomatoes nice and hot
  • I will call it everything but the kitchen sink sauce, because there is a lot of ingredients that go into this sauce
  • So here is what I put in my sauce:
  • May-o
  • Sour cream
  • Grainy Dijon mustard
  • Horseradish
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Creole Seasoning
  • BBQ Rub
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • So add all the follow ingredients to a medium sized bowl
  • Add 1 cup of May-o
  • 1/3 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Grainy Dijon mustard
  • heaping Tablespoon of Horseradish
  • cocktail sauce, I know weird, but hey its spicy and tastes good, 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Louisiana hot sauce, 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon, smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of love, oh wait, I mean Creole Seasoning
  • then a teaspoon of the BBQ Rub
  • Garlic salt, 1 teaspoon
  • now whisk it all together, really well
  • Mine was little runny so I added in 1/2 a cup more of may-o to help thicken it up some
  • Mix the may-o in really well
  • and there you go, a Jamie concoction sauce
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