Fried Tomatoes with Cream Gravy

by Lana Stuart on March 1, 2013 · 16 comments

Fried Tomatoes with Cream Gravy

I have another old-style recipe for you today. And it’s one that you can serve any time of day. It’s just as good for breakfast and lunch as it is for supper.

I especially enjoy this recipe during the winter when the only tomatoes you can find are hard as rocks and have little taste. That’s just what you want for this! Although those winter tomatoes aren’t very good for eating plain, something about frying them in bacon fat really brings out the flavor. Could just be the bacon.

Cooking bacon for Fried Tomatoes with Cream Gravy

The first step is to fry up some bacon. I usually cook my bacon in the oven, but for this recipe you need to do it on the stovetop in a skillet. Cut the bacon crosswise into about 1/4-inch pieces. Put all the bacon in a skillet and cook it over medium heat, stirring often, until the bacon is brown and has rendered most of its fat.

Don’t rush the bacon cooking. Keep it over medium heat at the most. Otherwise you’ll end up with scorched bacon and burned fat. Not good.

When the bacon is nice and crispy and brown, remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon and put it on a paper towel lined plate to drain while you continue with the recipe. Reserve the bacon fat in the skillet.

While the bacon is cooking, get the tomatoes ready. Remember that you want really firm tomatoes for this recipe. If they’re at all soft, they’ll fall apart in the cooking.

Preparing tomatoes for Fried Tomatoes with Cream Gravy

Take thin slices off the ends of the tomatoes and then cut them into about 1/2-inch thick slices. In a shallow pan, mix the cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper. Dredge the tomato slices in the cornmeal mixture, turning them so that both sides are coated well.

Frying tomatoes for Fried Tomatoes with Cream Gravy

Fry the tomatoes in the reserved bacon fat over medium heat, turning once, until golden brown. Use a spatula and turn the tomato slices gently. It only takes about 2-3 minutes of cooking per side. Keep the slices warm in a low oven until all are cooked.

Making cream gravy

When all the tomato slices are finished, pour out all but about three tablespoons of the bacon fat. Place the pan back over medium heat and add the Half and Half and salt, stirring to release any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cornmeal mixture to thicken the gravy. Stir until the gravy is thick and bubbly.

To serve – place two halves of a toasted English muffin on a plate. Top with fried tomato slices, gravy, and bacon. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley if desired. I thought it just needed a little something green on the plate :-)

Fried Tomatoes with Cream Gravy
 
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Tomatoes fried in bacon fat and served with a cream gravy. Great use for winter time tomatoes.
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 6 tblsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 large very firm ripe tomatoes
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 4 whole wheat English muffins, split and toasted
  • Fresh parsley, optional
Instructions
  1. Cut the bacon crosswise into ¼-inch pieces. Fry in a skillet over medium heat until bacon is crisp and has rendered its fat. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Reserve the bacon fat in the skillet.
  2. Slice the tomatoes into ½-inch thick slices. Combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow pan. Dredge the tomatoes slices in the cornmeal mixture.
  3. Fry the tomatoes in the reserved bacon fat over medium heat, turning once, until golden brown. Takes about 2-3 minutes per side. Keep the slices warm in a low oven until all are cooked.
  4. Pour out all but about three tablespoons of the bacon fat. Place the pan back over medium heat and add cream and salt, stirring to release any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cornmeal mixture to thicken the gravy. Stir until the gravy is thick and bubbly.
  5. To serve - place two halves of a toasted English muffin on a plate. Top with fried tomato slices, gravy, and bacon. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley if desired.
Notes
The tomatoes used for this recipe must be quite firm. Green tomatoes may also be used.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angie @ Big Bear's Wife March 1, 2013 at 11:27 am

why oh why have I never made these?

Must make them soon!

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2 Lana March 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

We really enjoy them, Angie. Hope you do, too!

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3 Barb March 1, 2013 at 11:48 am

I definitely am trying these!

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4 Lana March 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Great! I’d love to know how you like them.

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5 tyla March 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm

My husband and I were just talking about what a fried red tomato would be like! Thanks for posting this, sounds like our next lunch!

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6 Lana March 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I love both fried red and green tomatoes, Tyla. Just be sure you get really firm red ones. If they’re too ripe they’ll turn to mush in the frying pan.

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7 Lynn Gardner March 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm

This has absolutely become my favorite website !!!!! Sooo much fun!
Happy Friday, Lynn

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8 Lana March 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I’m happy to hear that, Lynn! You’re always welcome here. Hope you have a great weekend.

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9 Miss P March 2, 2013 at 8:37 am

Looks great. Of course, bacon does wonders for many dishes.

Miss P

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10 Lana March 3, 2013 at 10:09 am

It does. Perks it right up :-)

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11 Amanda March 3, 2013 at 9:26 am

These sound wonderful Lana! My appreciation for fried tomatoes didn’t start until I was an adult, now I love them :)

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12 Lana March 3, 2013 at 10:11 am

Me too, Amanda. Fried tomatoes really satisfy my Southern soul.

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13 Terra March 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm

I love that you share classic recipes, it is really fun to learn about them! I love the idea of fried tomatoes with a creamy gravy, that sounds fabulous together:-) Hugs, Terra

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14 Lana March 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

Thanks, Terra. I really love keeping old recipes alive and introducing them to younger cooks.

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15 Ann March 5, 2014 at 11:32 am

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and I know my Dad will love it! I’ll be cooking it for him next week when I go to visit! Thank you!

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16 Lana Stuart March 5, 2014 at 11:53 am

Great, Ann! I’d love to know what your Dad thinks about the recipe.

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