How to Make Tasty Dakota Fried Tomatoes

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Sometimes here at Texas Hill Country we pine for a back-to-the basics approach, and that applies to our cooking as well. Whether you’re out camping or just at home cooking up a storm for your guests at supper, we’ve got the perfect idea for your next appetizer. Thanks to the folks who dig up Old West Recipes, an old cowboy recipe has fallen into our hands. It’ll help you make the best fried green tomatoes you’ve ever had, Dakota style.


6 large green tomatoes
Salt and Pepper
3 cups flour
1 cup cream or milk
1 Tbsp flour
1 Tblsp butter or margarine, melted
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Slice your green tomatoes very thin, and add plenty of salt and pepper.
  2. Dump the flour into a mixing bow. Dip the tomato slices in the flour until each slice is covered thick.
  3. Now it’s time to deep fry. Do every bit of it in hot oil, preferable in a cast iron skillet, until nicely browned.
  4. Drain the fried slices on baking paper.
  5. When all the slices are fried and drained, empty the skillet of excess cooking oil.
  6. Now add your cream (or milk) and add 1 tbsp. of flour to thicken.
  7. Stir in melted butter, salt & pepper and blend thoroughly.
  8. Add your 1/2 tsp. of salt along with a bay leaf. Stir.
  9. Pour this entire mixture over your browned tomatoes in a large bowl.
  10. Prepare to serve your Dakota Fried Tomatoes.