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Toasty Tomatoes

Toasty Tomatoes

The end of our Florida trip is near. We’re gearing up to head back for the long drive back to Arizona on Friday so this is a quick post so I can get back to family. Side dishes are always tough for me. I always do kale or broccoli, but really have been needing some better ideas. I spotted these toasty tomatoes in a recent issues of Cooking Light and decided that I needed to make them ASAP. I never think of tomatoes as a side dish. They usually just get thrown into a salad. I’m so boring.

First, they are insanely easy. Just mix up the crispy topping and spoon it on top of tomatoes and then broil until perfectly toasty. I always forget just how wonderful tomatoes are and then they become even more wonderful when you put them in the oven. The topping is obviously the best part. It’s crispy, cheesy, garlicky, and lemony. All good things. In about 15 minutes or less, you can have these yummy tomatoes on your table which for me, is the perfect side dish, especially during the week when I am frantically trying to get dinner on the table.

Toasty Tomatoes

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Toasty Tomatoes

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 3-5 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, halved
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine the lemon rind, pepper, and garlic in a small bowl. Mix in the olive oil and the panko. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Arrange the tomato halves, cut sides up. Top each half with about 1 teaspoon of the panko mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan and salt evenly over tomatoes. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Recipe from Cooking Light

Toasty Tomatoes


10 Responses to “Toasty Tomatoes”

  1. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — June 18, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Green beans are my go to side. Tomatoes are so good when broiled a bit. I got a pint of tomatoes the other day at the farmer’s market. This is a way better use for them then my slices for sandwiches.

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    Choc Chip Uru — June 18, 2014 at 8:17 am

    These tomatoes look gorgeous, so full of tasty flavours and delicious ingredients :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 18, 2014 at 8:23 am

    These look insanely good! Hope you are enjoying your trip.

    • Stephanie replied: — June 18th, 2014 @ 11:09 am

      Thanks, Meagan!

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl — June 18, 2014 at 8:32 am

    My tomato garden is in full force, so I’m always on the lookout for new tomato recipes. Love this and will definitely be giving it a try!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 18th, 2014 @ 11:08 am

      I’m super jealous that you have a tomato garden!

  5. #
    Gourmet Getaways — June 19, 2014 at 2:14 am

    “Crispy, cheesy, garlicky and lemony” – what else is missing – absolutely NOTHING! I did some sniff sniff in front of my laptop after seeing your photos. I know they smell heavenly!

    Gourmet Getaways

  6. #
    Ramona — June 19, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I am on a total tomato kick the past week… gotta give these a try. :)

  7. #
    Meggi — August 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Can you say yummy? These look scrumptious!


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