These Parmesan Baked Tomatoes are my most favorite side dish. EVER.
Have you ever had a baked tomato? Or roasted tomatoes? Heating a tomato changes the whole game as they become more flavorful and juicy. Studies have shown that eating a cooked tomato enhances and increases the amount of lycopene that is absorbed by the body. Lycopene is a vital nutrient that aids in lowering cholesterol, fighting heart disease, and fending off cancer.
Here is an idea for a very easy side dish – a baked tomato topped with melted butter, grated parmesan and breadcrumbs. This is a recipe that takes 10 minutes to bake. Ten minutes to fight off disease? Yes, please.
This is so simple! Start with fresh tomatoes, medium to large in size. Cut the stem off the top and then make a very small slice on the bottom of the tomato to anchor and stabilize it.
Gently squeeze a little of the pulp out, but don’t mush it. Just squeeze enough to rid some of the seeds and juices. Then place the tomatoes in a baking dish.
Bake the tomatoes for 6 minutes in a 400° oven. While they are baking, mix together the melted butter, parmesan and breadcrumbs (see recipe below for specifications). Then top the tomatoes with the breadcrumb mixture.
Bake for another 4 minutes, keeping an eye out not to burn the topping.
Baked tomatoes are popular in many restaurants as an accompaniment at breakfast and brunch. However, this is an simple and delicious side dish for any meal.
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Enjoy your Parmesan Baked Tomatoes!!
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