Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe w Roasted Red Pepper Aioli by a Maui Chef

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe w Roasted Red Pepper Aioli by a Maui Chef

Are you in the midst of the dog days of summer struggling to figure out what to cook for the family barbecue this weekend? Maybe you are looking for an easy recipe making use of the fresh tomatoes from your backyard garden or your favorite local farmers market. My Internet marketing team at FatIguana Inbound Marketing agency recently asked if I could help them prepare Fried Green Tomatoes. They were in luck as I recently served Fried Green Tomatoes as a side dish to a barbecue for a catered family reunion on Maui. We quickly agreed I would share my recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli in exchange for documenting the recipe and sharing their experience preparing the dish. I hope you enjoy their story along with my Maui Chef’s Homemade Fried Green Tomatoes recipe:Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe by Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen.

Like most of the mainland, heirloom tomatoes and fresh garden tomatoes are plentiful. With Maui in the midst of a mini heat wave of our own as afternoon temperatures surpass the high 80’s and low 90’s, I found myself longing for the fried green tomatoes from my childhood. I grew up in northern Indiana where summer growing seasons are short and hot. I recall painstakingly preparing the family garden each spring for the upcoming summer vegetable growing season. First, a good roto-tilling was necessary to turn the dense hard Midwest clay left from the frozen winter months. Next, a rich compost was mixed and the soil was leveled before eventually planting the small seedlings we had started earlier in green houses. Out of impatient anticipation, I would often harvest the tomatoes too early before turning red, forcing my mom to prepare The marinade is key to the Maui Chef Jorgensen frieed green tomato recipe success!fried green tomatoes! When I could wait, I remember being rewarded first with Early Girl tomatoes and eventually the huge juicy Beef Steak and Big Boy tomatoes! Though our growing season was short, the intense heat combined with long summer days produced the biggest juiciest most flavorful tomatoes I’ve ever tasted! Here on Maui, especially in the summer months, the tomatoes come pretty close in flavor and often surpass my memories of those incredible tomato flavors from my youth. Though Maui’s reliable weather is certainly suitable for sustaining year round tomato growing, the best tasting tomatoes are still found during the summer months when the days are longer.

I guess I developed pretty good skills growing tomatoes as we often ended up with an abundance of tomatoes and other summer vegetables. After home canning projects, the garden produced more than my family could consume. Thus, my first ‘business’ was born offering home grown vegetables as the neighborhood 9 year old door to door sales person. Each morning, I would harvest the latest bounty the garden served up. Then, after mom had her pick, I would fill my red wagon with the remaining tomatoes and other summer harvest vegetables to offer for sale. Thinking back, my growing pinball addiction was probably at the heart of my motivation and fueling my drive to frequently guilt trip the poor little old neighbor ladies into helping ‘that kid banging on their front door again trying to make a couple quarters from his parents garden‘. Alas, I digress and need to return to my present day quest for the elusive perfect fried green tomatoes recipe…

When my wife, Jennifer, recently arrived home with a fresh supply of beautiful green tomatoes she had found during the weekly farmers market at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Mall in Kahului, I was determined to figure out how to recreate the Green tomatoes sliced thick before marinating for fried green tomatoes recipe.fried green tomatoes I was so fond of. Though I scoured the Internet for recipes, I couldn’t be certain which one would taste as I remembered. So, I asked my Inbound Marketing agency client, neighbor and Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen, if he had any ideas. Of course, being the master chef Christian that he is, he was instantly intrigued and immediately began running off an ingredients list we would need to prepare the fried green tomatoes AND to make a homemade roasted red pepper aioli to accompany the dish. We captured Chef Jorgensen’s recipe and shot a few images while we prepared the delicious dish. Without further ado, I present Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen recipe for Homemade Fried Green Tomatoes with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli:

Homemade Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe
by Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen

  1. Slice Green TomatoesGreen tomatoes marinading in olive oil and garlic for fried green tomatoes recipe by Maui Chef CJ. into thick slices (about 1/2 inch thick)
  2. Marinate the slices for a couple hours in:
    • Olive Oil
    • Pepper
    • Garlic
    • Do NOT use salt in the marinade
  3. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Use Cottonseed, Canola or Peanut Oil. Do NOT use Olive Oil.
  4. In separate bowls, add
    • whole wheat flour
    • egg, beaten
    • equal parts Japanese Panko and grated Ramona or Pecorino Cheese with a little salt and dried OreganoWhole wheat flower, egg and panko dredge for fried green tomatoes.
  5. Drain the tomatoes and dip into the flour, egg and panko mixture
  6. Carefully add the tomatoes to the frying pan. Fry on high heat for one minute then turn over and reduce the heat to medium, Fried green tomatoes cooking in oil in Maui for one more minute or until golden brown.
  7. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
  8. Sprinkle with a small amount of salt.
  9. Drizzle with Olive Oil.
  10. Top your fried green tomatoes with fresh chopped Basil or Oregano and grated Parmesean or Pecorino cheese.

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli Recipe by Chef Christian Jorgensen

  1. One cup mayonnaise or better yet make your own
    • 3 whole eggs
    • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
    • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
    • Salt and White Pepper to taste
    • Splash of Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 1/2 cup Olive Oil (preferable Cold Press)

    Fluff the eggs and spice in a blender.
    Over 3 minutes, slowly add oil until consistency of mayonnaise.

  2. Add the following ingredients to the mayonnaise:
    • 1 Tbl chopped Garlic
    • 5 oz. chopped fresh Basil Leaves
    • 1 whole roasted Red Pepper (can or jarred)
    • Tabasco if you like it spicy
  3. Mix all ingredients together in blender until smooth.

Serve Roasted Red Pepper Aioli with the Fried Green Tomatoes.

Let us know in the comments section below if you liked my recipe for fried Green Tomatoes or ask any questions you may have. Or, share the fried green tomatoes recipe with your Facebook friends, Twitter Followers and Google Plus circles!

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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.

Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit