Our Fried Green Tomatoes and Stoller Estate White Pinot Noir pairing took the spotlight at our 2023 Fall Wine Club party, delighting our members with its unexpected fusion of a delicate, refreshing white wine and a classic Southern favorite. Here’s how you can recreate this perfect pairing at home! Serves 4
- 1 lb green tomatoes, sliced to a 1/4-inch thickness.
- 3 whole eggs
- 1/3 C water
- 1 C all-purpose flour
- 1 C panko breadcrumbs (crushed)
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Canola oil for frying
- Instructions: Heat canola oil in a large, deep skillet to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s essential not to rush the process of heating the oil to avoid overheating. The best way to heat the oil is by placing it on a burner at medium heat and using a deep-frying thermometer for safety.
- Prepare three plates with raised edges as follows:
- Plate 1: Combine the flour, salt, white pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
- Plate 2: Whisk the eggs with water.
- Plate 3: Place the crushed panko breadcrumbs.
- Dredge the green tomato slices by coating them first in the flour mixture, then in the egg wash, and finally in the panko breadcrumbs. Place them on parchment paper or a rack as you work through all the slices.
- Carefully place the coated tomato slices into the hot oil and fry for approximately 5 minutes, flipping them halfway through the frying process. Be cautious not to overcrowd the skillet; it’s best to cook the tomatoes in small batches for the best results.
- Remove the fried tomatoes, allowing excess oil to drain on a towel-lined plate, and season them with a pinch of salt while they’re still warm.
2021 White Pinot Noir
The 2021 Stoller Family Estate White Pinot Noir is one of the most unique wines in that we produce. To me, it has the freshness and vibrancy of a white wine coupled with the structure and density of a red wine. It opens with white flowers and stone fruit on the nose, giving way to spiced pear, fresh melon, and honeysuckle on the palate. This wine is equally pleasing as an aperitif or shared over dinner with friends.
-Vice President Winemaking, Melissa Burr