Green tomatoes are not something that i'd traditionally buy on my own, given the fact that it seems as though the only way to use them is in fried green tomatoes. (seriously, google green tomato recipe - i'll wait - they'repretty much ALL variations on fried green tomatoes...)
so why in the world am i talking about them?
because i live with a boy. and he likes different things from me.
see, our CSA has a swap-box. meaning, if i dont want my pac choi (no offense to pac choi), i can bag it up and walk it over to the swap box. If there is nothing in the box, i simply leave my pac choi. If there is something else in there, i can grab it in exchange for my pac choi.
so, last week when the boy went to csa to do the pickup, (which included 1 lb of green tomatoes per person) he noticed a lb of green tomatoes in the swap box. so he bagged up our pac choi (there's a reason it was my example) and took the tomatoes. He then proceeded to have a conversation with a fellow CSAer and found out that they didnt want their green tomatoes either. so he bagged up our mixed greens (not babies - more like chard & kale. i like neither of those) and took a what was now our 3rd lb of green tomatoes. and he calls me, all excited about said tomatoes.
and all i can think is, what in the hell are we going to do with 3lbs of green tomatoes?
and i thought that all week - every time i saw them in the fridge.
and then this week? the share included ANOTHER lb of green tomatoes. thats 4lbs of green tomatoes in our fridge, just in case you are keeping track.
thank god for carrie from our CSA mailing list... she sent out a recipe of sorts for green tomatoes with eggs. and i wanted breakfast-for-dinner anyway, so this appeared to fit the bill AND used some of those tomatoes! (not to mention the csa eggs that have been stockpiling in the fridge)
Frankly, my hopes were not super-high - it just sounded like a tomato scramble which is solid, but not earth shattering, you know? But i was tired. and wanted quick and easy. and breakfast-y.
The boy thought to add a baguette to the mix (confession: we add baguettes to just about every mix... also, wine.) and it made ALL of the difference. The eggs are pretty good on their own but a forkful of eggs piled high on a tiny bit of baguette? TO DIE FOR.
interestingly enough, this is not a breakfast meal. the green tomatoes have some sort of bite to them that really takes the eggs from breakfast staple and transforms them into satisfying dinner.
a dinner so satisfying that we made it two nights in a row.
Green Tomatoes & Eggs
courtesy of the Merchants' Gate CSA Mailing list, adapted by me
1 tbsp butter
1/3 of a sweet onion (i suspect any kind of onion would work), diced
3 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
3 medium/large green tomatoes, cut into small pieces
salt & pepper
splash of milk
Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-low until melted.
Throw in the onions & garlic and stir around with a wooden spoon to coat.
Allow to fry for a minute or two.
Throw in green tomatoes, some salt & some pepper (based on your typical tastes). stir around to integrate with the onions & garlic and allow to cook for ~ 6 - 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, in a seperate bowl, scramble your 5 eggs and pour in that splash of milk
Once the onions, garlic and tomatoes have started to get a little crispy at the edges and even brown up a little, pour the eggs over them and allow it to sit for 30 seconds before stirring.
continue to cook eggs in a scrambled egg style (i've tried to go with a slow scramble while making this meal - it seems to work best with the ingredients) to the consistency you like best and then turn off the heat.
Spoon egg mixture onto plates & serve with fresh baguette.