Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese

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Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese is summer’s richest and tastiest sandwich. Fried Green Tomatoes and Pimento Cheese are the perfect southern duo. 

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This is a Friday recipe if I ever met one. No, seriously. This recipe is begging to become a part of your weekend. Just begging! And for good reason too. It’s ridiculously rich and so so good.

Remember way back in April when we basically ate our way through Charleston? Well, if you missed the recap you can find it here. Ever since Ben devoured that Fried Green Tomato BLT with Pimento Cheese, I knew I needed to recreate that baby pronto…

Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese | BItes of Bri

Somehow a few weeks turned into a few months but I finally located some green tomatoes at the local farmer’s market and you know what happened next.

I made this last Friday and could barely wait to sink my teeth into the sandwich.

Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese | BItes of Bri

It didn’t disappoint. And for the true test? First off, Ben recognized the sandwich from our trip immediately, which really says something because he doesn’t remember good eats like I do.  Secondly, I got the “best thing I’ve ever eaten” statement, which only comes out a few times a year and always brings a huge smile to my face.

So, what are you doing this weekend? Please tell me I’ve convinced you to include these in the agenda!

Start by slicing the tomatoes and salting them. Set aside for 20-30 minutes. This is important because it draws the water from the tomatoes so you don’t get soggy fried green tomatoes.

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If you wanted to skip the steps of making pimento cheese, you can buy it. Making pimento cheese takes about 5-10 minutes but it does require a few ingredients so if you aren’t up for the challenge, grab a container at the store.

To make the pimento cheese, combine the grated cheeses, the pimentos, cream cheese, mayonnaise, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Stir until combined. Set aside or refrigerate for later.

Before you make the fried green tomatoes, get the bacon and bread ready for assembly. I usually just place the bread in the toaster so I can toast it up when the tomatoes get close.

Once the tomatoes have drained, pat them dry.

In a bowl, add the buttermilk. In another bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.

Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese | Bites of Bri

Add the butter to a saucepan and allow it to melt.

Dredge each tomato individually in the buttermilk then the cornmeal crust.

Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese  | Bites of Bri

Add them to the pan, careful not to overcrowd. Once the tomatoes have cooked for 1-2 minutes and are browned on one side, flip them and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese | Bites of Bri   Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese | Bites of Bri

Remove the tomatoes onto a paper towel lined cookie sheet or a cooling rack.

Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese | Bites of Bri

Continue dredging then cooking the tomatoes until complete.

To assemble, spread a layer of pimento cheese on each side of the toasted bread. Add the fried green tomatoes, 2 slices of bacon, and arugula.

Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese | Bites of Bri

Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese

Cut in half and enjoy!

Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese | Bites of Bri

If you aren’t in love with these BLTs, I’m not sure we can continue this relationship! :) Just kidding, but no…seriously.

Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese | Bites of Bri

Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pimento Cheese is summer's richest and tastiest sandwich. Fried Green Tomatoes and Pimento Cheese are the perfect southern duo.

Ingredients

  • For the Pimento Cheese
  • 1 cup white cheddar, grated
  • 1 cup yellow cheddar, grated
  • 1 oz pimentos
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • For the sandwiches:
  • 1 large green tomato or 2 small ones, sliced
  • ¼ tsp salt (for the tomatoes)
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • ¼ cup All Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • 4 slices toast (I used Texas Toast)
  • 1 cup arugula

Instructions

  1. Start by slicing the tomatoes and salting them. Set aside for 20-30 minutes. This is important because it draws the water from the tomatoes so you don’t get soggy fried green tomatoes.
  2. If you wanted to skip the steps of making pimento cheese, you can buy it. Making pimento cheese takes about 5-10 minutes but it does require a few ingredients so if you aren’t up for the challenge, grab a container at the store.
  3. To make the pimento cheese, combine the grated cheeses, the pimentos, cream cheese, mayonnaise, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Stir until combined. Set aside or refrigerate for later.
  4. Before you make the fried green tomatoes, get the bacon and bread ready for assembly. I usually just place the bread in the toaster so I can toast it up when the tomatoes get close.
  5. Once the tomatoes have drained, pat them dry.
  6. In a bowl, add the buttermilk. In another bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
  7. Add the butter to a saucepan and allow it to melt.
  8. Dredge each tomato individually in the buttermilk then the cornmeal crust. Add them to the pan, careful not to overcrowd.
  9. Once the tomatoes have cooked for 1-2 minutes and are browned on one side, flip them and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  10. Remove the tomatoes onto a paper towel lined cookie sheet or a cooling rack.
  11. Continue dredging then cooking the tomatoes until complete.
  12. To assemble, spread a layer of pimento cheese on each side of the toasted bread. Add the fried green tomatoes, 2 slices of bacon, and arugula.
  13. Cut in half and enjoy!
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Comments

  1. says

    You SO just read my mind!! I just made a fried green tomato/pimento cheese dish for the blog! How funny! I didn’t do a sandwich though, but I am totally wondering why I didn’t after seeing this! YUM! This is pretty much everything I love crammed into one dish! Making this!

    • Bri says

      Annie, that’s too funny! Green tomatoes can be hard to find but I’d been thinking of these sandwiches for a while now. Can’t wait to see your recipe.

  2. says

    I love love love this! Like, I’ve been wanting to recreate a fried green tomato BLT sandwich FOREVER! We had them in Sonoma, CA on vacation last year and it was amazing! Pinning this so I remember to finally make it! Yum!!!!

  3. says

    When you new post landed in my inbox, I read it and called my family for a luncheon catch up. Sooooo, I totes just made this… Added some extra bacon tho. Thank you, my family were most impressed.

  4. says

    Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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