My mother has a great back yard! Totally flat and huge! So this year she decided to grow a garden which I thought was awesome. Then the pictures started rolling in from her. She didn't plant a garden, she planted a whole freakin' farm! You wouldn't believe the amount of stuff she planted and several things she doesn't even like to eat! But it has worked out well for me because she sent a ton of stuff home with me last weekend and has already asked that I come back for more.
So last weekend I came home from her house with several cherry tomatos, 4 big green tomatos, 3 large cucumbers, 2 yellow squash and a ton of green apples from her tree. Now, what I was going to do with all of this was completely beyond me but the thought did occur that perhaps I could try an apple pie and some fried green tomatoes. I thought I had all of the ingredients on hand for both so I started searching for recipes. I found this one for the Apple Pie and this one for the Fried Green Tomatoes. Turns out I didn't have all of the ingredients so I had to start looking for substitutions. These are pictures of the final results:
First let me say that the Apple Pie turned out AMAZING! I don't know if you can screw up an apple pie or if it is one of those "Anybody-Can-Do-It" kind of things but I was seriously patting myself on the back over this one. I used the recipe above but here is what I had to do as far as substitutions:
- Instead of 2 cups of All Purpose Flour for the pastry, I used 1 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour and 1/4 cup corn meal (I ran out of All Purpose Flour hence the substitute)
- I didn't have 2 tablespoons of lemon juice so I used 1 tablespoon of vinegar (I think this is a pointless ingredient as it serves only to keep the apples from turning brown but you're baking it anyway and if you are like me, by the time you get the apples peeled and cut they are brown any way)
- I also didn't have a 1/4 cup of All Purpose Flour or a 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg on hand for the filling so I skipped that part
Now, even with all of those missing ingredients and substitutions it turned out so good. I seriously don't think I would make it differently next time. I think I would make it exactly the same. I also attempted to roll out the pastry dough but it was too difficult so I just put the bottom part into the pan and used my fingers to smash it up the sides. For the top I did roll it a little and then fudged it until I covered the top. When I cut the pie it became more of a crumble than a pie slice but still super good.
The Fried Green Tomatoes were a new one for me. I've never had them but I love tomatoes and I've always been curious. The only substitution I made on the tomatoes is that I used self rising flour instead of all purpose and I used regular table salt instead of coarse kosher salt. They turned out good but I think the coarse kosher salt was the key. They needed more flavor so I ended up sprinkling a little salt on them when I ate them. I think they could use some different seasoning to add more flavor. Think I'll try this one again.
So do you have any recipes for tomatoes, apples, zucchini, squash or cucumbers? I have a feeling I'm going to be up to my ears in this stuff so I need ideas! I did make some fried apples with leftovers from the pie and I'm planning to can some tomatoes, dry some (how yummy will sun dried tomatoes be in the fall) and probably make some Caprese Salad (a favorite around here) but I need more ideas! Please share!