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!

Sauteing whole garlic

If your recipe calls for whole garlic, it doesn't burn as easily when in larger pieces. But you do need to score your garlic cloves all over in order to release the garlic juices and fragrance .Always be careful to avoid burning the cloves. It'll make the garlic cloves bitter and ruin what you're cooking.