Honey Recipe: Southern BLT’s

In the south we fry everything – pickles, Twinkies… hell, we fry butter. However, one of my favorite things to fry is green tomatoes… and the best thing to fry them in is, of course, bacon grease!

So that’s what we are doing today, the Southern BLT is Honey glazed bacon, fried green tomatoes, lettuce, Honey/Dijon/Mayo, all on a nice soft bun.

Disclaimer: The recipe you are about to read is not intended for individuals with a history of heart disease, stroke, or suffer from chronic veganism. This recipe’s beacony goodness could shock your system into carnivorous cravings. Continue at your own risk.

The inspiration for this recipe came from the National Honey Board. Of course I replaced the fresh red tomatoes with fried green tomatoes because… well… who wants to live forever.

INGREDIENTS

  • For the bacon
    • 2 Tbsp – honey
    • 1 tsp. – hot water
    • 1 pound of thick cut bacon
  • 4-8 leaves – butter lettuce or romaine hearts
  • 4 long – potato rolls (or whatever fancy roll suits your fancy).
  • For the sauce:
    • Equal parts mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and honey
  • For the fried green tomatoes:
    • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup cornmeal
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 3 medium-size green tomatoes, cut into 3/8-inch slices (approximately – don’t bother breaking out a ruler)

BACON DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the honey with 1 teaspoon of hot water until combined. (Now you might be thinking like I did, “What the hell is a tsp of water going to do?” Just do it, it make the mix brush on easier. You might also be like me and try to catch a teaspoon of water from the tap and if so, you are now drenched in water too.)

Lay the bacon on a baking sheet in one layer and place in oven for 10 minutes. Drain off fat into a cast iron skillet (for the tomatoes) and brush bacon with honey mixture. Bake for 10 minutes more or until its as crispy as you like it (and again pour off the grease into your skillet).

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES DIRECTIONS

Combine egg and buttermilk in a bowl.

Combine 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, cornmeal, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a second bowl.

Dip tomato slices in egg mixture and dredge in cornmeal mixture.

Using the bacon grease from earlier in a large cast-iron skillet; heat to 375° (I actually set my stove top on medium and cook this a bit slower). Fry tomatoes, in batches, in the hot oil, and cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden.

Drain tomatoes on a paper towels and sprinkle them with salt while they’re still hot.

  • In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, mustard and honey.
  • Cut each roll in half horizontally and spread both cut sides with mayonnaise mixture.

Now put it all together with side of kettle chips and enjoy… You’re Welcome!

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. chef mimi says:

    Wow! This sounds wonderful. And I’m not from the south!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bryan Layton says:

      It really was awesome… the longer I cooked the bacon the more caramelized the honey got. The only thing I would change is that next time, I’m going to put TWICE as much bacon on each sandwich!

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  2. This recipe screams Southern goodness. Bacon Grease – green tomatoes – all the things that make Southern Cooking so awesomely good. I may be a Northerner, but you can bet I keep a tin of bacon grease right next to the butter on the refrigerator door. Gotta give this a try.

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    1. Bryan Layton says:

      I was really pleased with this recipe, so let me know how you like it.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Irene says:

    I am from Mexico so I always thought fried green tomatoes were just a horror movie title until I moved to Canada. I have been intrigued since by them, but never tried; this recipe, though, sounds like a must, so decadent! And since I do not suffer from any of the conditions listed above (loved the last one, hehe) I should be ok.

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    1. Irene says:

      Yikes, I was thinking of “Attack of the killer tomatoes”; “Fried green tomatoes” is a drama. Oh, well, they both sounded like fiction to me!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Bryan Layton says:

        It’s totally understandable since one is about an angry vindictive thing that eventually eats its enemy and the other is about killer tomato.

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