5 Ways to Use Green Tomatoes

As I mentioned in Monday's post, I ended up with about 5 pounds of green tomatoes when I was trying to tame the MONSTER tomato plant along my driveway. I've never done anything with a green tomato before, but I do remember that movie Fried Green Tomatoes. So I figured: waste not, want not, let's get some recipe ideas from friends and see what they have to say on the matter.My palss all had great suggestions, so here are the ones that sounded the easiest and most interesting:

1. Fried Green Tomatoes - This is a Southern specialty I somehow missed during the year I lived in Georgia. I'll be making up for lost time this year with this Food Network recipe from The Neelys.

2. Pickled Green Tomatoes- I've recently started pickling, so this is going to be the first thing I try with my little green harvest. I found this recipe at Closet Cooking and the ingredients sounded most in-line with flavors I like (a little garlic, a little chili pepper, a touch of sweetness to offset the sour).

3. Chilli Pickle (Chutney)- A friend in Britain suggested this Indian staple. I decided upon a Tanzanian version from Food.com because I wouldn't have to core apples or add raisins like some of the more common recipes.

4. Tomato Butter- This was the most unique idea, though the "butter" is totally non-dairy. More of a delicious spread for a nice crusty bread or spread on finger sandwiches, I can't wait to try this recipe from Cook Eat Share.

5. Green Tomato Salsa - I'm a fiend for salsa. Put a bowl of chips in front of me and they will disappear in no time. Laurent Tourondel shares his recipe for Green Tomato Salsa at Food & Wine.

(Image: Michelle Chin)

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