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Open-Faced Fried Green Tomato Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 4 strips bacon
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium green tomatoes, each cut into 3 thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 (6-inch) baguette, split lengthwise
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to broil.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high, cook the bacon until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain. Reserve the skillet, along with any rendered bacon fat in it, for use later.
  3. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, black pepper, cayenne, paprika and salt. One at a time, dredge each tomato slice through the flour mixture to lightly coat both sides.
  4. Return the skillet to the stove over medium-high. When the bacon fat is hot, add the tomato slices and fry until lightly browned on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Set aside on paper towels to drain.
  5. To assemble the sandwiches, spread 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise over the cut side of each half of the baguette. Place the baguette halves on a baking sheet, then top with spinach, fried tomato slices and cheese. Crumble 2 strips of bacon over each sandwich. Broil on the bottom rack of the oven just until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute.

Makes 2 sevings.

Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 462 cal ories; 154 calories from fat; 17 g fat (8 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 43 mg cholester ol; 60 g carbohydrate; 21 g protein; 7 g fiber; 1,353 mg sodium