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Open-Faced Bacon, Lettuce, and Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches

Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Double-breading the tomato slices gives them a crunchy coating. Soaking the tomatoes in hot water draws out their moisture, which helps keep them crisp when cooked. On their own, the fried green tomatoes in this recipe are a classic Southern side dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium green tomatoes, cut into 12 (1/4-inch-thick) slices (about 1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 4 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 5 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 6 (1 1/2-ounce) slices white bread, toasted
  • 6 Bibb lettuce leaves
  • 9 bacon slices, cooked and cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Nutrition Information

  • calories 386
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 12.8 g
  • satfat 2.8 g
  • monofat 4.5 g
  • polyfat 2.6 g
  • protein 12.2 g
  • carbohydrate 56.2 g
  • fiber 3.9 g
  • cholesterol 16 mg
  • iron 2.2 mg
  • sodium 834 mg
  • calcium 44 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place tomato slices in a large bowl; cover with hot water. Let stand 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Combine milk and egg whites, stirring with a whisk. Combine cornmeal, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish, stirring with a whisk. Dip each tomato slice in milk mixture; dredge in cornmeal mixture. Return tomato slices, one at a time, to milk mixture; dredge in cornmeal mixture.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of tomato slices; cook 4 minutes on each side or until crisp and golden. Repeat procedure with remaining oil and tomato slices.

  3. Combine mayonnaise, juice, and hot sauce, stirring with a whisk. Spread about 1 tablespoon mayonnaise mixture onto each bread slice; top with 1 lettuce leaf, 3 bacon pieces, and 2 tomato slices. Sprinkle each sandwich with 1 teaspoon chives. Serve immediately.