Green Tomatoes

Everyone around here agrees that it was a good year for tomatoes… GREEN tomatoes that is. So, we picked our green tomatoes and most of them ripened up quite nicely layered with newspaper in boxes in the garage. However, we still had a few green tomatoes and I thought it would be fun to use them in some recipes. About that same time I saw a related article in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News by Mary-Jane Butters (an organic lifestyle expert and editor of MaryJanesFarm Magazine). She mentions that green tomatoes contain toxins that can unsettle your stomach, however, the toxins are deactivated by heat. I tried a couple of her recipe suggestions and they turned out great! These are my locavore versions:

Green Tomato and Beef Casserole:

Ingredients

Cooking oil (I prefer olive oil)

1 lb ground beef

1/4 cup wheat flour

2 cups tomato sauce

2 cups bread crumbs

2 cups grated cheese

salt to taste

herbs to taste, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 teaspoon minced garlic

6 medium-sized green tomatoes, sliced

Saute onion in oil. Add tomato sauce, garlic, salt, herbs and ground beef and simmer. Add flour to thicken if desired. Layer sliced green tomatoes, bread crumbs, beef sauce, and cheese in a baking dish that has been lightly coated with oil. Bake on 350 Farenheit for about 45 minutes.

Green Tomato and Corn Side Dish:

Ingredients

Cooking oil (I prefer olive oil)

6 medium-sized green tomatoes, minced

2 cups corn

1 medium onion, chopped

Salt to taste

Herbs to taste, coarsely chopped (I used fresh parsley, basil, and chives which we have growing indoors these days)

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Lemon or Lime juice to taste (by the way we have a lime tree and we used 1/2 of our first lime for this recipe)

Saute onion, green tomatoes, and garlic in oil until tender. Near the end of cooking add the salt, lime, and herbs to taste.

Chopping Green Tomatoes

Don't forget to add the love:). Yes, this is a heart-shaped potato from our garden!

The green tomato and corn side dish is in front, then there are tomatoes stuffed with mashed potatoes, and in the back is something called Spanish eggs which contains eggs, breadcrumbs, cheese and beer (among other things)!

Bon Appetit!

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