7.10.2013

4th of July: Fried Green Tomato BLT with Pimiento Cheese Recipes

Here in middle Georgia, it rained for several days straight and the 4th of July fell right in the middle of that span.
All of the local festivities and fireworks shows were cancelled or postponed.
The two of us decided to just spend the day relaxing since we never get a day to do just that.
The 4th of July is my very favorite holiday. 
Our families are very rich in military history and we believe that this nation should always function on the motto, "In God We Trust."
I love summertime, fireworks, and just having fun celebrating our nation without gifts and having to drag out all sorts of decor like you do for Christmas.
I love the meaning of Christmas, but I don't love winter. I also love Easter, too.
 Due to poor weather, we just added some flags here and there to decorate for the 4th.
 Inside, I just decorated our dining room table as usual.
It's mostly the same as it was for Memorial Day, but I added the flag and the tray in the center.
We went to the pool during a rain break, but that didn't last long as it started raining again.
Something we love to do together is cook, so we decided to cook a summertime meal that we love, but don't eat too often because of the calories and the time it takes to prepare it.
Our tomatoes are coming in quickly, so we are loving having them fresh every day.
Fried green tomatoes is one of our favorite foods, so we decided to have BLTs, but with fried green tomatoes and warm homemade pimiento cheese.
I also made a cherry tomato, avocado, cucumber, basil salad in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
For dessert we enjoyed a patriotic fruit pizza.
 How pretty are these?
 The beginnings of pimiento cheese.
 Divine, I tell you!
 Your kitchen will be a disaster when it's over...2 hours later.
Thankfully Brandon is extra helpful and it didn't take too long to clean it all up together.
We hope you had a very Happy 4th spent with the ones you love!

Fried Green Tomatoes
2 large green tomatoes, washed and sliced to 1/4" or 1/2" thickness
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
4 Tablespoons Cajun/Creole seasoning
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
*Combine dry ingredients together in a shallow dish-a pie plate works great-and set aside.

2 cups buttermilk
4 Tablespoons Tabasco
1 Tablespoon Cajun/Creole seasoning
salt and pepper
*Combine ingredients together in a medium-large bowl and mix well.
 *Place sliced tomatoes in the buttermilk mixture and cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes.

*In a large skillet, pour cooking oil to about 1" depth and heat to 375 degrees. Use a meat  thermometer to check.
*Place soaked tomato slices in the dry mixture and coat well. Dip them back into the buttermilk mixture, then back into the dry mixture once more. Coat well. Using tongs, place the coated tomato slices in the heated skillet and cook about 2 minutes on each side-do not let them touch each other. Drain on paper towels.
*We sprinkle more Cajun/Creole seasoning on them at this point and also put a dash of Tabasco on them while they are still hot. 
*This is my recipe-after trying many different variations, this one is our absolute favorite. 

Pimiento Cheese
1 16 oz. block of cheddar, grated (you could mix it up and use 8 oz. each of 2 different kinds of cheese)
1/2 cup Blue Plate mayonnaise
3/4 cup Fage or Chiobani Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
2 jars of diced pimientos
1-2 Tablespoons Cajun/Creole Seasoning
2 Tablespoons Tabasco
salt and pepper to taste
*Stir all ingredients together except the cheese and mix well, then add the cheese last. 
Serve cold, or spoon out desired amount into a microwavable dish and heat for about 30-45 seconds and spread warm onto sandwiches, or pour the entire mixture into a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes and serve hot with tortilla chips, crackers, toast, etc. You could also sprinkle bacon bits or fresh diced tomatoes on top.
*This is my recipe-after trying many different variations, this one is our absolute favorite.

Fruit Pizza
Crust:
1 package Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix prepared as instructed on package
or use a homemade/from scratch recipe

Topping:
2 8oz. packages softened cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
2 TBS milk
1TBS lemon juice
various amounts of desired fruit

Preheat oven to 375 F
I use 2 tart pans with removable bottoms...and spray them with nonstick spray
divide the cookie mix in half and put a half in each tart pan
press the dough out over the bottom of the pans
bake for 10-14 min. depending on your oven and how soft or crunchy you like your cookie
(for the record, I like mine soft and bake for 11-12 min)

Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, combine  the cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, and lemon juice and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
Cover and refrigerate.
Wash, peel and slice fruit.
Toss the sliced fruit in lemon juice.
Cover and refrigerate.

When the cookie is finished baking, allow it to cool completely-very important.
Try not to get too impatient or it will ruin the fruit pizza.
After it's completely cooled, divide the cream cheese mixture in half for the 2 pizzas.
Spread half the mixture on each pizza and top with fruit. 
Slice and enjoy! 

38 comments:

  1. Thank you-now I'm hungry.. 4th of July is my favorite holiday.. America and family :) God bless.

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    1. You are welcome, TeTe :) Blessings and love to you! xoxo

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  2. I've never had fried green tomatoes, but I just may have to give it a try. I also had a tomato sandwich with pimento cheese this weekend and it was delish! Nothing good, comes easy..which is always true in good cooking.

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    1. Oh, Meredith! You must try them! :) I could eat them every single day. Then I would be humongous! ;) Glad you enjoyed your sandwich! You are so very right! :) Have a wonderful day! xoxo

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  3. Girl, stop. Your tablescapes put Sandra Lee to shame. This entire post is about to be bookmarked because I love every single thing. You're making middle Georgia look more and more appealing with each passing day (something I NEVER would have thought I'd say 2 years ago).

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    1. Okay, Erin, I'm officially blushing. You are so thoughtful! Thank you so much! I never dreamed I would live in Middle Georgia and love it as much as I do, but I really do love it! :) Have a wonderful day, sweet friend! xoxo

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  4. This looks amazing and I am now starving!!!!! You made one of my all time favorite meals. Seriously looks delicious... and your table, just get in that car and come down here all ready. my home needs a Cherish intervention. : ) Love you

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend!! :) We have been working on trying to plan some vacation time over the next 6 months so...we are going to try to come and see y'all sometime-maybe for a long weekend this fall! :) Love you! xoxo

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  5. Your tablescape is just beautiful!!

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  6. Your fruit pizza turned our way chic-er than ours, but i'm a yankee doodle diva too! And I love love love yalls china! Just lovely!
    Mermadeinamerica.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Betsy! What really counts is the way it tastes :)! Thank you for commenting and introducing yourself! Have a lovely day! xoxo

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  7. That sandwich looks delicious. I love fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese. I will have to make the mess.

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    1. I hope you love it! I love them both, too, and combined they are sinful! It's worth the mess :)

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  8. I envy you and your home Cherish! Knee deep in all these renovations I feel like my house may never be pretty again. {hah!} How did I not know you have family in Tn?? Hope your having a wonderful day! xoxo

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    1. Thank you so very much! Believe me, I understand! We still have a long way to go on our house, too. It takes time and patience-it will all be worth the wait! Yes, I have family in Knoxville :) have a wonderful night! Xoxo

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  9. Love the table decor as always! Fried green tomatoes look delish!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kristen! :) have a great night! Xoxo

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  10. Love everything - the decor is beautiful and the food looks divine :)

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  11. There is nothing I like better than a yummy fried green tomato! Your table is set beautifully and love the idea with the flag. Going to have to pin that for next year.

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy! I could seriously eat them everyday! Have a wonderful night! Xoxo

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  12. BEAUTIFUL table! My mouth is watering over those food pictures. I will have to add them to my meal plan next week!

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    1. Thank so much, Amy! Please let me know how you like them if you do make them! :) have a great night! Xoxo

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  13. Yummy!! that sounds like a meal that I would love. Your table is pretty too.

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    1. Thank so much, Leanne! You should make it sometime and let me know what you think! :) Have a lovely night! Xoxo

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  14. What kind of plants are those in your planters?? I think they're so beautiful. I'm trying to figure out what to put in my planters and I think what you have would be just perfect!

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  15. This looks delicious! I can't wait to try. I've been craving some fried green tomatoes!

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  16. THE most quintessential southern food combo: fried green tomatoes & pimento cheese!!! We made a similar recipe and OH MY GOODNESS gracious....tasty tasty! Hope you are well sweet Cherish!! :-)

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  17. Your pimento cheese looks divine! I'm so picky, but that recipe sounds right up my alley!

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  18. Can't wait to try out your fried green tomatoes recipe!

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  19. Hi. I think your posts are lovely, and you obviously put a lot of care and thought into your decorations. I thought that you would want to know that using a flag on your table is a violation of the Flag Code, and as someone with a rich military history, I'm sure you meant no disrespect. I'm not trying to be mean, just point out something I thought you'd care about. Best Wishes.

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  20. I am loving the seasoning in the buttermilk marinade. I don't know why i never thought of that! Pinning this.

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  21. All of that food looks SO delish! Your home looks like it should be in a magazine. So pretty and festive!

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  22. The food looks so yummy and your dining room is very festive. But, please read the Flag code, as using it as a table covering is definitely a "no no"! Love your blog!!

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  23. That looks like good eatin'! :P

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  24. I just stumbled upon your blog and oh. my. word! That meal just made my mouth water!! Your home/décor is beautiful!

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