Sometimes I think the main reason I love going to Europe is the food. Don’t get me wrong, I love the history, the art, the beauty. Oh and the wine. Can’t forget the wine! But I could just eat my way through Europe. Good thing we walk everywhere. 🙂
A couple of years ago we took our kids to Paris for a couple of days. It was such a joy as they really are open to new experiences. They loved going to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, walking in the parks, etc. And nary a complaint traipsing everywhere in 98F/36C weather. Thought I was going to melt!
We all had a blast with the food. They discovered duck, I mean how many kids do you know at ages 7 and 10 request seared duck? I love it. One of the best dishes I had was a steamed artichoke topped with smoked salmon, poached egg, and a mustard sauce. Let me tell you that smoked salmon was the best I’d ever had. As you know from a previous post I decided to recreate it and it went very pear shaped. It took weeks to reclaim that pot! If you run out of water steaming an artichoke it is not pleasant.
Walking home from Pilates class today I was looking for inspiration as how I could make that wonderful dish mine. There it was in my garden, lovely green tomatoes. I thought perfect, I’ll do fried green tomatoes instead of the artichoke. This is a very easy dish to put together. It took me about 15 minutes or so. And after working out it is a very light lunch. And I behaved myself and didn’t pour myself a glass of white wine which would be perfect for this. 🙂
As this is a dish for one I sliced two small green tomatoes.
Next I seasoned them with salt and pepper then coated them in egg and panko bread crumbs. Normally I do a beer batter for these but this is just a quick lunch.
For the mustard sauce I used a couple spoonfuls of stone mustard. The latest one I’ve tried was a local one with garlic. Very nice. I mixed in a bit of olive oil and a few splashes of white balsamic vinegar.
In a small frying pan I get the olive oil nice and hot and pan fry the tomatoes. You want to soften them as raw green tomatoes will make you sick. As the Unorthodox Epicure pointed out in one of his posts recently. The things you learn!
While these are cooking you want to prep the poached egg. While it is poaching layer the tomatoes and smoked salmon and place the egg on top. Drizzle with the mustard.
The runny yolk really brings all the components together for a delicious lunch.
Paris has been good to me. 😉
Thank you! Next time I’ll have the wine. 🙂
At first glance, I said to myself, I know that is not even ice cream on top of fish. =/ lol
🙂 That would be a wild combo!
Oooh…I could get Hubby to stay home for lunch with that 😀
There you go! 🙂
Lovely. I particularly approve of the split egg shot.
Thank you. 🙂 I may not be able to dice onions professionally but I’ve worked on the poached egg!
Lovely combination. I’ve never had green tomatoes, but can imagine that cooked that way would be great. And just love smoked salmon and eggs!
Especially Scottish smoked salmon. My favourite. 🙂
This is such a wonderful recipe to be had. The mustard sauce with the smoked salmon sounds perfectly paired.
Thank you. 🙂
I don’t know which is more impressive. Your recipe is wonderful but your boys discovered duck!?!?! How awesome was that? Good for you all! 🙂
Thanks. 🙂 My daughter, who is 12 now, is saving for a chef’s knife and my son, who just turned 9, just made his first crumble. 🙂 I love it!
I am so with you about travelling Europe for the food..and i miss Paris. I have wanted to taste fried green tomatoes so much but no one seems to be making it over here. Can I ask if the green tomatoes are really the unripe ones? or its a different variety?
Green tomatoes are unripe tomatoes. But they do need to be cooked. Don’t eat them raw.
got it! thanks for the info 🙂
Absolutely delicious. Very good plan:)
Thank you! 🙂 And the best part was it was so fast to make as I was really hungry.
Beautiful. Funny story. When our family was in France, actually in Paris, I was so excited about what I was going to order for dinner one night that I paid no attention to what my husband and one daughter ordered. Turned out they had Bouche a la Reine, which my mother always made for me on my birthday. brains and sweetbreads in a cream sauce in a puff pastry cup. It was their favorite meal, but I had to tell them what was in it to make a point. They never would have ordered it had they known… A good lesson about food and pre conceived ideas!
Your meal is beautiful and delicious!
Would they have it again knowing what is in the dish? I’d have a tough time getting past the idea of brains. 🙂
Very creative and looks absolutely delicious! A perfect egg yolk is about the best sauce one could ask for and the fried green tomatoes are such a unique twist.
Thank you so much!
I love that you used the fried green tomato in this recipe. The egg just tops it off perfectly!
Thank you! I love poached eggs and they go with so many things!