We may have a few more warm-ish days this year, but I’m guessing any green tomatoes still hanging on the vines at this point are going to stay that way. In case you have a few green stragglers out there, might I suggest making them into this fabulous tart?  I first saw this recipe flipping through a lovely cookbook over a year ago.  I swore I would make it last summer but never got around to it.  This year I was bound and determined to make it happen.

I’ll admit it made me cringe just a bit, to pick them knowing these tomatoes would never ripen to their usual deep red. But all that went out the window when I finally tasted this.  (I was also totally pumped to have made the pimento cheese with a red pepper from my garden.  This is the first year I’ve had success with red peppers!)  A flaky pastry shell is spread with a thin layer of pimento cheese and topped with the fresh fried green tomatoes.  As you can imagine from the description, it is extremely rich so be sure to serve alongside a nice green salad or other light, veggie-filled side to balance it out.


Dough for 1 9-inch pie crust*

For the pimento cheese:**
4 oz. cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
½ roasted red bell pepper, diced
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
½ tsp. paprika

For the tomatoes: 
2 large eggs
2 tbsp. milk
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup cornmeal
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. paprika
½ tsp. salt
2 medium-size green tomatoes, cut into 1/3-inch thick slices
¼ cup peanut oil

Minced fresh basil, to finish


  • 01

    To pre-bake the crust, roll the chilled pie dough into a 12-inch circle.  Line a 9-inch tart or pie plate with the dough.  Trim away the excess at the edges as needed.  Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 375˚ F and adjust an oven rack to low-middle position.  Line the chilled pie shell with parchment paper or foil so that it lays over the edges of the dough.  Fill with pie weights and bake until the surface of the dough no longer looks wet, 20-25 minutes.  Remove the pie weights and parchment paper and return the pie crust to the oven.  Bake until the crust is golden brown, 10-12 minutes more.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

  • 02

    To make the pimento cheese, combine the cheddar, mayo, bell pepper and paprika in a food processor and blend until nearly smooth. Chill until ready to use.

  • 03

    To make the tomatoes, combine the eggs and milk in a bowl.  Beat with a fork until well blended.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, garlic powder, paprika and salt; whisk to blend.  Dip each tomato slice into the egg mixture, then into the flour mixture, coating both sides well and gently shaking off the excess.  Set aside the coated tomato slices on a plate or platter.  Meanwhile, heat the peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Once the pan is hot, add the tomato slices in a single layer and cook about 4 minutes per side, or until lightly browned. Remove the cooked slices to a paper towel-lined plate or cooling rack.

  • 04

    Spread the pimento cheese in a thin even layer into the bottom of the cooled tart shell.  Once the tomatoes have cooled slightly, add them over the top of the pimento cheese, layering evenly as needed.  Sprinkle with minced fresh basil and serve.

  • 05

    *I used the same amount of dough for a 9-inch round pie or tart, but fit it to my 4 x 13″-ish tart pan and it was just right.

    **The original recipe calls for more pimento cheese than this, but we think it’s better with less.  Increase the amount to your liking.


  • Amy Lau

    Mmmm sounds delicious!!!

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This is such a unique tart!! I love how pretty it is!

  • maidenmet

    This sounds amazing. What an appealing combo of some of my favorites!

  • blissmamaof3

    Sounds interesting, I have a lot of staplers out there myself :(

  • The crispy fried green tomatoes with the creamy pimiento is such a fabulous combination of flavors and textures! I hope I can still find some green tomatoes to make them!

  • AnnaZed

    That looks divine.

    What is it with green tomatoes that are otherwise unappetizing but once you bread and fry them are wonderful? I don’t know why this is so, but it is.

  • lemonsugar

    Oh, yum. Fried green tomatoes are one of my all-time favorite foods, so this sounds right up my alley! And, it’s gorgeous!

  • Gorgeous tart! I still have yet to try a green tomato – definitely need to get on this!

  • cecilia

    A splendid idea, we do have green tomatoes out in the garden and it is cooling down. A lovely recipe… I always wndered about pimento cheese, now I know.. than you.c

  • Tricia VanderHaar

    I made this last night for supper. I used 2 tbsp. of plain yogurt in place of mayo since I didn’t have mayo in the house. It worked just fine.

    I also put it in the oven and served it warm. It was delightful.

  • Amy

    Looks yummy. I love fried green tomatoes. Im from the South, so pimento cheese is always in my frig. Im betting the combination is outstanding. Im going to make this very soon.

  • ErinsFoodFiles

    Fried Green Tomato + Pimento Cheese = Perfection!