Ranch Fried Green Tomatoes with a Chili Ranch Dipping Sauce – kick up the taste of your unsightly and imperfect green tomatoes with some Hidden Valley® Ranch Greek Yogurt Dressing Mix and dip them in a Ranch Dipping Sauce with a kick of chili paste. It’s an appetizer everyone will enjoy!
Would you believe me if I told you I’d never had a fried green tomato until I’d made these?
I guess it’s because I don’t get out much or the fact that I grew up in New England.
I’ve read that these little gems didn’t really become known as a southern icon until January 24, 1992, the day the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes was released. Yes, they’d been eaten in the south for years, but they seemed to become and overnight sensation after that.
I’m embarrassed to say that I still have yet to see the movie even though it’s been on my to-see list, but at least I’ve made and eaten the tomatoes.
They’re really very easy to make and are quite tasty, especially with the addition of the Hidden Valley® Ranch Salad Dressing Mix that I used. If you or your family members like fried green tomatoes and ranch salad dressing then you’re going to love these babies.
I was inspired when I saw these beautiful specimens at the Phoenix Farmer’s Market a few weeks ago.
Yes, they’re not the most beautiful tomatoes on the vine – like the ones you’re used to seeing in your local grocery store, but these misshapen, cracked and bruised specimens need love, too.
Don’t they deserve it?
I made them as part of the Hidden Valley® Ranch Taste Not Waste Campaign.
I’ve joined them in support of the USDA’s goal to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030. Hidden Valley® and I along with other bloggers, want to inspire families to see that the imperfect can be perfectly tasty. Veggies that are imperfect are just as tasty and just as nutritious as those that are more attractive to the eye.
You can embrace your imperfect veggies by taking a picture and sharing them on social media with #TasteNotWaste. Also, Hidden Valley® is releasing limited edition bottles of Hidden Valley® Original Ranch®. Their iconic label has been changed to one that features less than perfect produce and are being sold on Ebay with all proceeds benefiting Great Nations Eat©.
So join us in giving love to the unloved and unwanted!
- Canola oil
- 2 lbs. firm green tomatoes
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup yellow corn meal
- 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Greek Yogurt Salad Dressing Mix
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 ½ cups 2% cottage cheese
- ½ teaspoon chili paste more if you like an extra kick
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 packet Hidden Valley Greek Yogurt Dips Ranch Mix
In a deep fryer or large deep skillet, heat canola about 2 inches to (375 degrees F.)
Slice tomatoes into 1/8 – 1/4 inch slices.
Lightly sprinkle each slice with some salt and pepper.
In a medium bowl, beat eggs.
In a shallow dish, combine corn meal, packet of Salad Dressing Mix and paprika.
Dip one tomato slice in the egg being sure to coat both sides.
Then place the sliced tomato into the corn meal mixture, coating completely and lightly shake off excess.
Place into the heated oil and fry for approximately two minutes until lightly golden.
Be sure to only cook a few slices at a time, so as not to crowd them.
Drain on paper towels.
Combine the cottage cheese, chili paste, milk and Hidden Valley Greek Yogurt Dips Ranch Mix in a blender and mix until no lumps remain and mixture is smooth. If necessary, turn blender of to combine ingredients and stir with a spoon before blending again.
An immersion blender will also work well for this.
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