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Film Released: 1991

Genre:   Drama Comedy

Film Directed by:   Jon Avnet based on a novel by Fannie Flagg

Cast includes:   Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker


Essentially a story about friendship, the film centres on the stories recounted by Ninny Threadgoode (played by Jessica Tandy), an old lady temporarily staying at an old peoples nursing home, to Evelyn Couch (played by Kathy Bates), a middle aged woman who is unhappy with herself and her life. The stories Ninny tell are about two women (Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison) back in 20's Alabama US: their lives,  friendship, joys and woes. Whilst a comedy, it touches on many serious subjects such as wife abuse, racism, ageism and sexism , but with the thread of friendship and love at its core.


Fried green tomatoes become a feature as the result of Idgie and Ruth opening a cafe together - The Whistle stop Cafe. In fact the full title of the film is "Fried green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe".  In one of the first scenes, Evelyn comes across the now dilapidated cafe still showing the sign in the window "Fried Green Tomatoes served hot". Later in the film there is a scene where Idgie is practising cooking fried green tomatoes at the cafe which unfortunately turn out pretty badly and further reference is made to them during one of the many conversations Ninny has with Evelyn in the nursing home when she says:-


"I may be sitting here at the Rose Terrace Nursing Home,  but in my mind I'm over at the Whistle Stop Cafe having a plate of Fried Green Tomatoes."


Whilst this film isn't directly about food, it does make mention of fried green tomatoes several times.


Parmesan Fried Green Tomatoes     Veg  HT   HD   20mins

Traditionally, the recipe calls for sliced green (unripe) tomatoes to simply be coated with cornmeal or breadcrumbs and fried in bacon fat however, we are going to use our poetic licence and give you the recipe for a modern day version. These make a nice starter, snack or served as a side dish to meat and poultry.


Serves 4     Hot   Vegetarian   Vegetable  Starter  Appetizer   Hors d’oeuvre  Snack  Accompaniment



4 Firm Green Tomatoes
2 Eggs, beaten
Tabasco Sauce

50g/2oz Fresh White Breadcrumbs

50g/2oz Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Black Pepper
Vegetable Oil for shallow frying



1. Cut each tomato into four even slices, season well with salt and pepper and set aside.


2. In a bowl, beat together the eggs and  Tabasco sauce, to taste.   Set aside.


3. In another bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

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4. Dip the tomato slices into the egg mixture then coat with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing firmly to coat well. Repeat until all tomatoes are coated.


5. Heat the oil in a large frying pan until hot and fry the tomato slices for about 3 minutes on each side until deep golden brown all over. Drain on kitchen paper and serve immediately.



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