Thursday, October 21, 2010

Stacked Fried Green Tomato with Plantains & Colossal Crab Meat

Happy Birthday to me.  Today I turn 89.  I feel amazing at my advanced age.

The avalanche of Birthday wishes on Facebook was awesome.  I appreciate it more than I could properly articulate.  Thank you, Thank you!

I got my first present today in the form of a blogger award from a special lady.  Shirley from Shirley's Luxury Haven is a fun, positive, engaging person.  She has a cool icon on her profile that proudly proclaims "I have a black belt in shopping!"  I think she needs to receive her black belt in cooking and blogging as well.  She is very active on Facebook.  Please check her cool blog out.  You will thank me later.  Thanks Shirley!

As I said yesterday, anyone reading this, take this award and pass it along to someone who's made an impact in your blogging adventure.  No Rules, just right! 

I would like to spotlight 3 fantastic bloggers.  Versatile for sure. These ladies are truly amazing.

Faith from An Edible Mosaic - Faith cooks great food.  She takes awesome photos.  And is incredibly supportive.  What more could you want in a blogger?

Vanessa from Coffee and Pie - To say that Vanessa writes well is a disservice.  She is a magician with words.  Her introspective narratives are some of the best reading on the internet.  Anywhere.  And her'll just have to click over to find out.  Look, if she didn't live so damn far, I would have her shoot my food!

Marisa from Cook's Book- Marisa is another fabulous writer.  Her food is great and in combination with her writing, magnificent.  The New York Newspaper Newsday just profiled her.  Enough said.

Welcome to Alex Cooks! 

When I realized that the 21st was on a Thursday I knew I would need a guest poster on my special day.  I automatically thought of my little Brother Alex.  Maybe you remember him from A Hero is Born

Alex is a proud papa, firefighter, paramedic, scholar and a gentlemen.  He's a good guy!  Everyone loves Alex.  I am the (dick) difficult guy of the family, he's the (guataca) nice guy.

Beyond all of that, he is one badass cook.  Not quite as badass as big bro' but pretty damn good.  Look at that dish.  I am quite impressed with the presentation, he's my brother indeed.

I am off to devour my Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake that The Lawyer got me.


I am extremely excited about having the opportunity to guest post on my talented brother’s blog. Yes I am the aspiring firefighter/ paramedic and brother to the lawyer’s husband. I would like to take the time to wish him a Happy Birthday, the big 89.

My brother & I share a passion for food. I love to cook and create meals for people to enjoy, & I love to eat! Although I enjoy cooking I am no where near the level that my brother is at. His passion and love for cooking has really impressed me and I am very happy for what he has accomplished. I am very fortunate to have him as a teacher and reference point whenever I have a question.

I have cooked up a fun & tasty recipe for an appetizer that is sure to knock your socks off...whatever that means.

Stacked Fried Green Tomato with Plantains & Colossal Crab Meat

3 small green tomatoes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup Italian style panko bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup colossal size blue crab meat
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup thinly sliced red pepper
1 small shallot thinly sliced
salt & pepper to taste
1 large green plantain
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 1/2 cups canola oil for frying
1 cup green onions chopped

Editor's Note - Loving the Mise en Place shot

1. Peel plantain of the skin & cut into 2 inch pieces, set aside.

2. Peel the tomatoes with a veggie peeler & slice into 1/2 inch thick.

3. Coat the tomato slices in flour, then egg, then panko bread crumbs, set aside.

4. Heat the canola oil in the pan. Fry the plantains on both sides until golden.

5. Using the back of a small plate on a cutting board, flatten the fried plantain pieces one by one& refry them until golden & crispy. Set aside.

6. Now fry the tomatoes on both sides until crisp.

7. Season with salt & pepper.

8. Lay the tomato slices on a baking pan & top with crab meat.

9. Broil for 2 minutes.

10. Stack a fried plantain on each stack. Then follow with more crab and top with another fried tomato.

11. Toss the red onion, shallots, red pepper, olive oil, cilantro, balsamic vinegar, & rice vinegar together & set aside.

12. Place the tomato & plantain stack on a plate & top with the salad.

13. Garnish the dish with green onions & a couple pieces of colossal crab meat.

As Laz would say...

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. Oy my, we love plantains here, never would have thought to put them with the crab...amazing plated food her, gourmet and gorgeous what an awesome birthday dinner, and heck you can eat whatever you want at 89!!! Have 89 more and live it up Happy Birthday Lazaro!

  2. Alex,

    Awesome dish bro! Love the presentation. Maybe I can learn a few things from you.

    Thanks for picking me up!

  3. What a talented family! Once again, happy birthday Lazaro!!

  4. Happy Birthday Lazaro! You look great for your age!

    Alex, awesome dish here, and that is some jumbo or colossal crab meat for sure!

  5. oh my, these tostones are nothing like what I grew up eating. You are quite the food artist. Beautiful. Have a great birthday.

  6. I can barely keep up with you, Lazaro - But, I am trying. Great guest post. YUMMMMM. Perfect timing for those green tomatoes - and who does not love crab?
    On another note, your pic doesn't show on my site, and my site is avatar enabled. You can see others on it, too.Is your pic also an avatar?

  7. Another great presentation that makes my mouth's not even time yet for my dinner..oh darn! I think I will have something with tomato......GREAT JOB! Anita

  8. Thanks for the award and for the kinds words, Lazaro! I really appreciate it. I thank you so much for all of your support.

    I am so impressed that you brother is a good cook too. This looks so good and I love the presentation! That crab meat is huge and amazing.

  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAZARO!!!!!! this time i know it's for reals...teehee. gosh, you're looking dang good for 89, what's your secret? ;-). must be all that wonderful food you cook up every week :-P. anyways, hope you enjoy your giant chocolate chip cookie cake! have a great one! oh, and congrats on your award. look at you racking in all these awards :-D.


    i absolutely love the way you laid out this recipe. it was super simple for me to follow, loved the step by step pictures, and the final product, needless to say, was a killer. i have a weakness when it comes to seafood and your beautiful dish has me weak in the knees right now. dang, if my hubby made this for me, he could ask for a porsche and i'd still say yes. i don't know where the money would come from, but that's his problem cause by then i would've devoured this wonderful dish...teeehee. great guest post Alex, and thank you for the courageous work that you do.

  10. O.K., I almost love (my 2nd grade teacher said one cannot "love" food) fried green tomatoes and "big" crab but I've never had them together. I have had fried green tomatoes and ostrich together. Toss in plantain? Well, I'd sure like to have your little brother make the dish for me. Now I'm off to check on Shirley and maybe challenge her--I, too, have a black belt in shopping!!

    Happy and delicious birthday, Lazaro!


  11. Lazaro...HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many happy returns of the day...we shared the same birthdate then. You are 89 !!! Congrats for staying young all the look great at 89!

    I celebrated my forever 25th birthday on 21st Oct! :)

    Thanks for this delicious appetizer . I love bananas :)

  12. WELL DONE Alex! And Kudos to you for cooking for your bro on his birfday! Your dish looks excelente and your plating is divine! It's nice that you don't let Lazaro intimidate you! haha! Hope everyone enjoyed the celebration!

  13. Again, Happy Birthday...I am sure by now you have throughly devoured your Cookie Cake. Hope you had a most fantastic day :)
    And there is a blogger here that that you have honored and I have not met, so I will stop by.
    Yes I do remember the post about Alex...Hi Alex!
    Great selection of flavors and textures...I could most definitely have this for dinner even (well maybe 2 :) I would love to get my hands on that colossal crab meat.
    Wonderful job on the guest post Alex!
    I will confess though, being out plated by a Fireman has me a wee bit depressed :)

  14. Hey Alex :) Great to meet you! I love fried green tomatoes but pairing them with crab really takes them to the next level! A fantastic dish, gorgeously presented!

    Happy Birthday Laz!! You look AMAZING for an old codger ROFL Congrats on your well deserved award too - Shirley is a doll!

  15. Thks for the tasty intro, Lazaro! Now I know u can be funny too. Hahaha!

    Thks for trying to confuse me too. Or is it that my eyes are failing me?? Did I see the word 89? Well, it sure doesn't match the profile pix, or was it a cover-up? Then I saw the word "Plantain" & the pix of bananas, but there was no mention of bananas here. I frantically googled for the alien word & found that Plantains are a member of the banana family :) Cool! For a moment, I thought I may need to visit an eye specialist. Thks for enlightening me. I've learnt a new word today & I shall use it to confuse my readers next time. Hahaha!

    Happy bday again & I'm impressed that Alex is a good cook too. Great recipe! Maybe it runs in the family :)

    I'm off to meet my partner in crime - Bonnie of From the Kitchen!

  16. I hope your 89th was fabulous, Lazaro! ;) Congrats on your award, what a great way to start the day! Thanks so much for your sweet words, they mean a lot to me. Your little brother is quite the cook! Have you two ever had a cook-off? I bet it would be fun! :)

  17. Happy 89th and many more. This combination is amazing. I wish I had been there to taste.

  18. You hit the nail on the head with Faith and Vanessa, Lazaro! Now I will go check Marisa's blog...this is what I love about blogging...meeting new people!
    Your brother did a fantastic job! Have you had a throwdown?
    Happy whichever birthday you want it to be!

  19. Fabulous combo!! I can't imagine a better taste with crab than a green tomato and the plantain is brilliant. This is truly a great appetizer! Lucky you to have such a great brother!

  20. That looks pretty damn good! I agree, maybe a throwdown is in order. haahaaa! I really hope there are green tomatoes at the market today! Excellent! thanks for the step by step pics!!

  21. Happy Birthday Lazaro.
    Surprise, surprise, I actually though that you were much older.
    A very artistic dish ♥

  22. Ahh, I missed your birthday. Sorry. :( Happy (belated) birthday, though! :)

    I see the talent and penchant for stacking food runs in the family! This looks delicious, Alex. And such a unique combination of ingredients. :)

  23. Aww- it's your birthday post! Congratulations and many happy returns. I hope you had a fabulous birthday, and that someone cooked a great meal for you! I always try not to cook on my birthday if I can help it!
    Great Post Alex- what a great flavor combination! I will definitely have to try!

  24. This looks amazing. I've been wanting to try making fried green tomatoes for a long time and this seems like a perfect recipe to do it with. Great job!

  25. Geeeee, happy birthday! So is it true that in the US everybody has plastic surgery :-)

  26. Congratulations on this amazingly creative and delicious looking guest post, I tried to comment a few days ago but my comment didn't make it through the Google gauntlet, what ever that is???
    This is guest post perfection, I only wish there was a method for tasting this delight:)

  27. WOW, this looks like heaven on a plate. I so love fried green tomatoes.

  28. Until I read this post, I never knew that cooking skills were a genetic trait. They must run through your family. This dish looks amazing.

  29. What a talented family! Once again, happy birthday Lazaro!!


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