Baked Heirloom Plum Tomatoes

Baked Heirloom Plum Tomatoes

Baked Heirloom Plum Tomatoes

6 ripe heirloom plum tomatoes

1 cup fine breadcrumbs made from local bread (adjust the herbs depending on the bread type)

1/3 cup finely grated hard aged cheese

1/3 cup of fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, parsley; whatever you like and have on hand. (basil can burn, so maybe save that for topper as you serve)

1/4-1/2 teaspoon minced garlic or finely chopped shallot

1 T. olive oil

1/4 teaspoon Chardonnay Oak Barrel salt (bread may be salty, so adjust)

1/8 teaspoon fresh ground mixed peppercorns


Preheat the oven to 350F. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spread out the bread crumbs and lightly toast them in the oven. This takes less than 5 minutes. Do not brown them, just dry them out a bit. When they come out, mix them with the olive oil, shallots/garlic, herbs and cheese, salt & pepper

Wash and dry each tomato. Slice each tomato lengthwise. You can scoop out a bit of the center seeds and juice if you like. I did to make some room for the topping, but it’s not necessary. Place each half on the baking sheet with the parchment paper. Evenly divide and top each half tomato with the bread crumb mixture. You can drizzle additional olive oil on top of each tomato at this point, or simply watch the baking process so you don’t burn the topping. Bake for about 30 minutes. The longer you bake, the softer the tomatoes will get. I prefer mine firmer for market samples, but you can bake these up to 45 minutes if you closely watch the topping. Riper tomatoes will take less time and be more flavorful.

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