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Basil Baked Tomatoes

This baked tomatoes recipe has been in our family for many years. My mother brought it with her when she came to the United States from Italy. When tomatoes are plentiful, this is a great way to serve them. —Mary Detzi, Wind Gap, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Directions

  • In a small skillet, saute garlic in oil for 1 minute. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir until lightly browned. Remove from the heat.
  • Cut tomatoes in half widthwise. Place cut side up in an 8-in. square baking dish. Sprinkle with basil and pepper; top with bread crumb mixture. Bake at 325° for 15-20 minutes or until tomatoes are slightly softened.
Editor's Note
To make soft bread crumbs, tear bread into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until crumbs form. One slice of bread yields 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbs.
Nutrition Facts
1 tomato half: 65 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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