My mother found me another treasure of a cookbook at a thrift store a few months back, The Beverly Lewis Amish heritage Cookbook. Beverly Lewis wrote a series of novels set in the Mennonite community before “Amish” was cool. How many pseudo-reality series are there on the Amish community now? 200? Ok, maybe it just seems that way to cynical me. Even Vanilla Ice is getting in on the act.
I flipped through the cookbook and quickly marked page 34 to come back to at the end of tomato season. We are nowhere near the end of tomato season, thankfully. I probably have another month to go. But in other parts of the country it is starting to get chilly and you may have green tomatoes on the vine that you fear may not ripen. You could make Green Tomato Chow Chow or try one of the tricks mentioned on that blog for ripening them. Or maybe consider this Green Tomato Bread. It is a quick bread that is similar to Zucchini or Carrot Bread.
I had one big green tomato snap off in a windstorm the other day so I picked a few more to equal a cup so I could make a half recipe. I followed the recipe exactly as printed (and listed below) opting for the honey instead of sugar. Next time I will make a few changes to it based on the Carrot Bread recipe, namely reduce the oil in half and use half a cup of applesauce and swap out some of the flour for whole wheat flour. Don’t get me wrong, the recipe is good as is, I just think it could use a little “healthifying”. Is that even a word? Spell check says no, but I like the sound of it so I am not going to correct it! Besides, you know what I am trying to say, right?
The tomatoes I picked were barely beginning to ripen which is why the bits of tomato in the picture look slightly orange instead of green.
If you give it a try I’d love to hear how it came out. Do you have any other ideas for green tomatoes besides fried or chow chow?
Until next time, happy eating.