Thursday, September 15, 2011

Panko-Stuffed Broiled Tomatoes

When I made Ina Garten's Potato Basil Puree, I decided to add broiled tomatoes as an extra bonus.   I often forget how delicious tomatoes can be, when they are filled with bread crumbs, seasoned with fresh herbs and garlic oil.  They're also really easy to make. I've tried a few recipes, but this is my favorite version:

I'm such a fan of panko crumbs. I love that special "crunch" that I don't get with regular bread crumbs.  I add fresh thyme, a little bit of Parmesan cheese.  In a separate pot, I heat a little bit of olive oil and butter, and then some minced fresh garlic. On very low heat, I allow the garlic to infuse the oil.

I use Roma tomatoes, sliced lengthwise; seeds and pulp are removed.

Season with salt and pepper...

Slowly, drizzle the garlic-herb oil/butter mixture into the panko crumbs, and combine with a fork.

Fill each tomato...then bake at 350F for 7-8 minutes.

Place a small pat of unsalted butter, and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.

VERDICT:  I'll let my son be the judge. You see, he's always hated tomatoes... ever since he was a little kid.  Brian looked at his dinner plate, and poked at the tomato suspiciously. He took a bite-- he tasted that wonderful garlic and herb combination, and that buttery crunch of the panko crumbs.  His eyes grew big, and he liked it!  It took 23 years for me to see the day that he ate a tomato.  Now, that's a compliment.  The tomato complimented the delicious Basil Potato Puree, perfectly.   As Ina would say, "How Easy Is That"?
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Valerie said...

This looks so simple, yet incredibly delicious! I always forget how great breadcrumb-stuffed tomatoes are too. :)

bellini said...

And it does look very easy. I so often overlook tomatoes for a delicious side. If your son is convinced these are the "bees knees" then so am I...although I eat tomatoes just like apples.

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

How would we ever get along without Ina's recipes? I posted one of hers today as well. I have some beautiful Roma's and was wondering what to do with them. Looks like another of Ina's recipes is on my menu.

Flavors by Four said...

I never think of tomatoes for a side dish but these look so good. I better make it quick before all my tomatoes are gone.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Your son sounds like my brother. Bro will eat anything - except tomatoes. However, if you cook them just right, then he's happy.

I love roasted tomoates, so these look wonderful with the crunch and the garlic flavors and the butter. Keeper recipe!

Joanne said...

That first picture is just gorgeous! Who would've thought that such a simple preparation could turn your son into a tomato-lover! that stuffing works miracles.

karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Your panko stuffed broiled tomatoes add such lovely color to the plate, next to the green of the potatoes.
What a nice compliment your son gave you by finally liking those tomatoes. All things in time.

Kate said...

I love tomatoes that are stuffed and baked...I must give these are try.

Becki's Whole Life said...

I love using panko as a stuffing - these look wonderful and a great way to use up some of the last summer tomatoes!

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

I've got some tomatoes that came from the mountains that need to be used and this is one stuffed recipe, besides my own, that I'd love to prepare. Thanks!

Lindsay K said...

Hi! I'm a new reader, but I already like a load of things I see in your blog. I originally came for the potato salad recipe, mainly because I'm a German/Secondary Ed major and could use a good German potato salad in my arsenal. (Also, my family is German, but a lot of those cultural traditions were lost over the years)

Then I saw some other German recipes of Bavarian style that were very intriguing, so now I have a whole bunch of tabs open. :-D

I'm a beginner cook, and appreciate all the pictures and descriptions you give in your blog. I finally feel as though I'm excited to cook proper meal-food (as opposed to cookies or cakes... I am ALWAYS excited to bake those, and so I have a lot more practice and success with making dessert)

Anyway, these stuffed tomato things sound really good... relatively simple to make, and most importantly for this college student, fairly inexpensive. The idea kind of reminds me of bruschetta, only in reverse and without the mozz.

Thanks for all the fantastic stuff to read through!

- Lindsay K

Michelle said...

That sounds so good! It's almost like a stuffed mushroom, but bigger and a tomato, not a mushroom of course! Glad your son liked it! Btw, where do you find "planks" in the store?

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Dear Lindsay,
I wish you had an email address on your profile! Thank you for your kind words. I'm pretty much self-taught. If I can encourage beginner cooks to expand their culinary horizons, then I am thrilled. I hope to hear back from you, and to know how you are progressing.
Thanks again!