California Central Coast Recipes

Baked Tomatoes

Baked Tomatoes is a sure-fire recipe even when using store-bought tomatoes. They are so easy to make! You'll want to use this recipe throughout the year, especially in the winter months --the topping ingredients are so complementary to the tomatoes, when baked the topping transforms even the blandest of winter tomatoes into a guaranteed hit with the your dinner guests. 2018, Baked Tomatoes
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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4 Large Tomatoes
1 clove Garlic minced
1/2 cup Italian Parsley chopped
1 Tablespoons Fresh Oregano minced or 1/2 tsp Dried
1/4 teaspoons salt
1 cup Fresh Bread Crumbs
1 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Optional Parmesan Cheese

Preparation Directions.

1 Preheat the oven to 350F.

2 Cut each tomato in half, and remove the excess seeds in each half.

3 Add the garlic, salt, parsley, oregano and bread crumbs and pulse a couple of times to mix. Add the olive oil and process for a few seconds. The bread crumb mixture should be fairly loose, but hold together when pressed.

4 Arrange the tomato halves, cut side up on a greased oven proof pan. Spoon the bread crumb mixture evenly on top of each tomato, pressing down lightly to hold the bread crumbs in place. If using Parmesan Cheese, sprinkle a bit of grated Parmesan over the top.

5 Place the tomatoes into the hot oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and tomatoes are just tender, but still hold their shape.

6 Serve immediately.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

Baked Tomatoes are a perfect accompaniment for a chicken dish such as Oven Fried Chicken with Mushrooms and Garlic

A tip from Sue!

Frying fish is not hard

Frying fish is not hard. The trick is to evenly coat the fish and allow the coating to set and dry a bit before frying. The purpose of the coating is to keep moisture in NOT absorb oil! To minimize oil absorption fry at a temperature between 350F and 400F max