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Fried Tomatoes – Yes, you can!

Posted on July 9, 2012 by in vegetarian

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Fried tomatoes

Colonel Harland Sanders’ 11 secret herbs and spices have  kept cooks guessing for ages. Every now and then someone claims to have the exact recipe or at least their version of his delicious fried chicken. Heck, even I have tried guessing at least a couple of those 11 herbs and I got a “Mom, this chicken tastes just like KFC!” When I heard that KFC is releasing the colonel’s autobiography and his recipes, I was delighted to say the least! The book is free and KFC made it available on their Facebook page, which I think is a brilliant idea!

I downloaded the book with great expectations, after all, at last I would be able to make my hubby’s all time favorite take-away food, just like the Colonel. At first glance, I was a tad disappointed when I could not find the secret 11 herbs and spices for fried chicken anywhere in the book, but I found a whack of other delicious Southern style recipes, fried tomatoes, corn bread, meatloaf, stuffed pork chops, yum, yum, yum!
The recipes I tried were truly delicious and I like the simplicity of  the food, nothing fancy and difficult, which fits right in with the philosophy of this blog.

The Kentucky Fired Chicken concept was pioneered by Colonel Harland Sanders (1890-1980), whose cooking career began at age six. Sanders held jobs ranging from streetcar conductor to insurance salesman, but his cooking skills were constant throughout his life. In 1930, Sanders operated a service station in Corbin, Ky., and filled the stomachs of hungry travelers who stopped in to fill up their gas tanks.

Sanders soon moved his restaurant across the street when he could no longer keep up with the demand from travelers who had been feeding at his kitchen table. In 1935, the Kentucky Governor made Sanders an honorary Kentucky Colonel for his contributions to the state’s cuisine. Over the next decade, the Colonel perfected his secret blend of 11 herbs and spices and the basic cooking techniques still used at KFC today.

When Sanders was 65, a new interstate highway forced the closure of his restaurant and he was left with only his recipe for fried chicken and a $105 Social Security Cheque. The Colonel hit the road and struck handshake deals with restaurant owners who agreed to sell his fried chicken. What began as a dream fueled by the Original Recipe, a no-quit attitude and a Social Security Cheque grew into the world’s largest chicken restaurant chain. Until he passed away in 1980 at the age of 90, the Colonel still traveled 250 000 miles a year visiting restaurants around the world.

Fried Tomatoes
serves 3-4 people


3- 4 firm ripe tomatoes
salt and freshly ground black pepper
40-60 ml milk
2 large eggs – slightly beaten with the milk
250 ml seasoned breadcrumbs
250 ml seasoned flour
25 ml butter – use more if needed
75 ml vegetable oil – use more if needed


Slice the tomatoes in 13 mm slices. Set up a crumbing station with your egg/milk mixture in a bowl, flour in another bowl and also your breadcrumbs in a separate bowl.
Dip the tomato slices in the egg/milk mixture, shake off the excess egg wash and immediately dip it in the seasoned flour. Quickly place back in the egg wash and lastly drench it with breadcrumbs. Repeat with all the tomatoes. Heat a skillet on the stove and add the butter and oil. When the butter sizzles, fry the tomato slices, turning once to brown each side. Serve with crispy lettuce and a delicious herb dressing if you wish.

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15 Responses to “Fried Tomatoes – Yes, you can!”

  1. Flee 9 July 2012 at 10:25 am #

    I was lucky enough to download the book too, and the Tomatoes are the very first thing I plan on Making. They look delumptious… OM hat

  2. Nina 9 July 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    I think apart from eating tomatoes fresh from the garden, this is my new fav way of eating it!!

  3. Helene 9 July 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    I've never had a fried tomato before. I would love to try it.

  4. Flee 10 July 2012 at 11:15 am #

    I actually bought some green tomatoes the other day, was going to ask if you think that this would work with them too… HHHmmm Nom Nom Thanks

  5. Rose&Thorn 10 July 2012 at 11:15 am #

    I also downloaded this book, love the story and the recipes. What an inspiration to think you never too old to start to live a dream – you just have believe.
    Yummy tomatoes..have me drooling.

  6. Nina Timm 14 July 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Helene – you will not be disappointed, it really is delish!

  7. Nina Timm 14 July 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Flee – I think green tomatoes will be perfect for it, the firmer, the better. I used beef tomatoes.

  8. Nina Timm 14 July 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Rose – for sure, when will we have that coffee!!

  9. Alpha 22 March 2013 at 8:03 am #

    wow magnific that going vegetarian wil definately do it.. Pliz do also send me the Colonel bio, thanx in advance

  10. Linda Castle 16 May 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    I have always fried green tomatoed with meal and flour( recipe from Kentucky) but never tried red ones with Bread Crumbs and cant wait to try them. We go camping alot and thus the reason for a hard copy to leave in the camper. I never could master the Bisquit making so I will definately try this receipe. Thanks

  11. Linda Castle 16 May 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    Sorry Dont you need an address to mail the book? How can I get the hard copy? I didnt see anywhere to put my address on here.?

  12. 1BrightDay 17 October 2013 at 7:53 am #

    The Fried Tomatoes appears simply appealing and mouth-watering in the pic that makes me want to try out the delicious recipe now.

  13. Dorothy Craig 22 November 2013 at 4:41 am #

    Fried chicken is my favorite fried food. I have been to the Colonel Sanders place in Corbin ky. I have a niece that lives there. I enjoyed it very much ! (We also had the fried chicken dinner )


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