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Kardea Brown shares a plant-based soul food recipe your family will love

Kardea Browna contemporary Southern cook and host of both Food Network shows Delicious Miss Brown and The great cuisine of soul food, is known for sharing her culture with viewers through her mouth-watering recipes.

Brown specifically incorporates her Gullah heritage into her food which pays homage to the recipes her grandmother and mother passed down to her. The Gullah Geechee the people are African Americans living in coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia who have preserved their cultural rituals as direct descendants of enslaved West Africans who were brought to the United States in the 1700s. Brown notes that Gullah Geechee food traditions were a diet rich in seafood, vegetables, fruits, and rice given their location on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, his dishes typically fuse the herbs, spices, and grains of West Africa with traditional Southern cuisine, including surprisingly satisfying plant-based dishes.

This fall, Brown is releasing her first cookbook The way backavailable for pre-order herewho is already #1 New Release in Amazon’s “Southern US Cuisine, Food & Wine” category. The book will be a collection of over 100 recipes, family stories, memories and tips that bring a taste of Lowcountry home.

Exclusively for Ebony, Brown shares with us one of her favorite plant-based recipes from the new book. She says, “Fried green tomatoes are the perfect appetizer. It’s a light and fun dish to make as a family, and it also has the perfect balance of spiciness and crunch!

Fried Green Tomatoes by Kardea Brown

Image: courtesy of Sully Sullivan

For 4 people


1 cup all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons Miss Brown’s House Seasoning, divided

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons buttermilk

1 cup yellow cornmeal

Canola oil, for frying

3 green tomatoes, cut into 1/3-inch-thick slices

Kosher salt

Freshly cracked black pepper

For the country sauce

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon hot sauce

1 teaspoon Miss Brown’s House Seasoning (page •••)

Miss Brown’s House Seasoning – Mix all ingredients together:

1/4 cup garlic powder

1/4 cup onion powder

1/4 cup sweet paprika

1/4 cup kosher salt

1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper

  1. In a shallow pie plate or baking dish, combine flour and 1 teaspoon homemade seasoning.
  2. In a separate baking dish, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk.
  3. In a third baking dish, combine the cornmeal and the remaining 2 teaspoons of homemade seasoning.
  4. In a large cast iron skillet, pour 1 inch of oil and heat to 375°F over medium-high heat.
  5. Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and pepper on both sides. Dip a slice of tomato into the flour mixture, shaking off the excess. Dip in egg wash, letting excess drip off. Coat the cornmeal mixture then place on a plate.
  6. Repeat with the remaining tomato slices. Working in batches, fry the tomatoes until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on a wire rack set over a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt while still hot. Serve hot with the peasant sauce.

To make the country sauce:

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and homemade seasoning.