Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cheesy Basil and Garlic Baked Tomatoes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 3 servings
Serving Size: 2 slices

A healthy and delicious appetizer or side dish that is fast and easy and even your kids will love it!

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella or provolone, grated
  • fresh basil, finely chopped
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 F
  2. Cut the tomatoes into slices, approximately 1/3 to 1/2-inch thick.
  3. Place tomato slices in baking dish.
  4. Season with kosher salt and garlic powder, then top with parmesan, mozzarella or provolone, basil and pepper. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  5. Bake in center of oven for 10-15 minutes, or until tomatoes are tender and the cheese is melted.
  6. Let cool for a few minutes and serve. 
NOTE:  We also made an additional batch so my husband could put some in an aluminum pan on the grill, along with the shrimp, and we liked those tomatoes just as much, if not more, than the oven baked ones.  Just put the pan directly over the flames for about 15 minutes until tomatoes are tender and the cheese is melted.

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