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What’s Cookin’ Thanksgiving?
11/25/2015 8:25:00 PM by: Sally Jo

Investigating Thanksgiving Family Recipe Traditions

This Thanksgiving while investigating family traditions and items to pass along, I ran across this unusual recipe in Grandma’s Whitman’s Sampler candy box recipe file. She had a variety of recipes. Some in booklets and newspaper clippings, some on note cards  or slips of paper, and one on the back of a bridge score sheet.

Using this old spatula I retrieved from her kitchen, I enjoy trying out some of her recipes. This is an interesting one for fried tomatoes that has a sauce.

Old Fashioned Fried Tomatoes
4 medium or 3 large tomatoes
¼ c fine dry bread crumbs or flour
½ tsp. salt
Dash pepper
Bacon fat for frying

Sauce:
2 Tbsp flour
1 ½ c. milk
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce

Cut tomatoes into thick slices, about 4 to each tomato. Combine bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Coat tomato slices on both sides. Fry in hot fat about ¼ inch deep, turning carefully to brown both sides. Remove to hot platter. Pour off all be 2 Tbsp. fat. Blend in flour. Add milk gradually, stirring constantly until thickened. Add Worcestershire sauce. Pour sauce over tomatoes. Makes 6 servings. (Bacon fat adds flavor, but other fat or oil may be used.

Try it for Thanksgiving—you might start a family tradition of your own!

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