When tomatoes are abundant and flavorful, it’s time to make Tomatoes Provencal, an easy recipe for baked tomatoes with cheese and breadcrumbs. A perfect side dish for your summer menu.
Tomatoes Provencal Recipe
Living in Jersey in the summertime certainly has it’s advantages and by that I mean an abundance of fresh Jersey tomatoes! Oh yes! Ripe, plump, juicy, delicious tomatoes.
There’s nothing quite like a Jersey tomato and I hope that everyone gets the chance to taste at least one Jersey tomato in their lifetime. You will savor the flavor for sure!
According to the state Department of Agriculture, in 2012 New Jersey farmers produced almost 57 million pounds of tomatoes. Grown on 2,700 acres of farmland, the crop was valued at almost $31 million dollars and was the Garden State’s third biggest crop, surpassed only by blueberries and peaches.
And with that many tomatoes you better believe that we need to have tomato side dish recipes and Tomatoes Provencale will quickly become your favorite, I promise!
My recipe puts a slight twist on Tomatoes Provençal. Yes, you’ll find the typical olive oil, garlic, Parmesan and breadcrumbs, but I changed it up a bit by using panko breadcrumbs and adding bocconcini.
Panko breadcrumbs are larger than your typical breadcrumbs so they give a bit more crunch to the dish. And the bocconcini, or small fresh mozzarella, lends a creamy texture and turn this dish into baked stuffed tomatoes with pockets of warm creamy cheese hiding under thick juicy slices of freshly baked tomatoes.
Our baked tomatoes with cheese and breadcrumbs is mighty tasty, if I must say so myself! I hope you think so too!
How many types of tomatoes are there?
There are more than 15,000 known varieties of tomatoes and more than 3,000 varieties of heirloom tomatoes worldwide.
Which tomato is the sweetest?
Typically the smaller tomatoes, such as the varieties of the cherry tomato and the plum tomato are the sweetest tomatoes.
What tomato is best for making sauce?
The San Marzano tomato is said to be the best tomato for making sauce. It is a plum-type tomato that is deep red in color and grown in the Campania region of Italy that is known for it’s rich soil.
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- large tomatoes
- seasoned Panko breadcrumbs
- olive oil
- cracked black pepper
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- 3 large tomatoes, preferably Jersey tomatoes, about 1 lb. 4 oz. total weight, each sliced crosswise into 4 slices
- 2 oz. bocconcini, sliced, about 1/4 cup
- 1/2 cup seasoned Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 Tbs. chopped parsley
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. cracked black pepper
- fresh parsley leaves, for garnish
Preheat oven to 400F. Coat 6-cup baking dish with cooking spray.
Arrange tomatoes and bocconcini in single layer in prepared baking dish, overlapping slightly, as shown.
In small bowl combine Panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan, garlic, chopped parsley, olive oil and cracked black pepper.
Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over tomatoes and bocconcini.
Bake 20 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden and tomatoes are tender.
Garnish with fresh parsley leaves.
Makes 6 servings.