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Gratinéed Tomatoes with Asiago and Fresh Herbs

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Serves 6

  • by Melissa Pellegrino from Fine Cooking
    Issue 112

Slices of ripe tomato are sprinkled with cheesy, herb-flecked breadcrumbs and then quickly run them under the broiler until the crumbs are browned and crisp. They make a great pairing with grilled or broiled steak or chicken.

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium beefsteak tomatoes, (about 6 oz. each), sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup coarse fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Asiago cheese
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp. coarsely chopped fresh thyme

Position a rack 6 inches from the broiler element and heat the broiler on high. Lightly oil a 10x12-inch (or similar size) broiler-safe baking dish. Arrange the tomato slices in the baking dish in a single, slightly overlapping layer. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt.

In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, Asiago, parsley, thyme, 2 tsp. olive oil, a pinch of salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the tomatoes.

Broil until the breadcrumbs are a deep golden-brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Drizzle with more olive oil and serve immediately.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 45; Fat (g): 3; Fat Calories (kcal): 25; Saturated Fat (g): 1; Protein (g): 2; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; Carbohydrates (g): 4; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): 70; Cholesterol (mg): 5; Fiber (g): 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

AMAZING recipe! Incredible... so easy to make. So delicious.

Used heirloom tomatoes in different colors. Delicious and striking. Would have been even better with the balsamic glaze I had planned to drizzle over the top, but, as with at least one dish at every dinner party I give these days, I forgot the garnish. Went very well with Pork Medallions with Marsala and Mushrooms.

I made this as a meal accompaniment and used heirloom tomatoes - excellent!! I did not drizzle with additional olive oil.

Made this as an appetizer for a party of 10 and it was excellent!!! Everyone loved it!!

Very tasty!

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