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Country-Style Tomatoes

This is a superb vegetable course when tomatoes are in season, and they look great on a buffet table. Sometimes I go all out and buy beefsteak tomatoes as a special treat for family parties. —Cathy Dwyer, Freedom, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  • Cut each tomato into four thick slices; place on paper towels to drain. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, parsley, basil, garlic and salt until blended. Spread cream cheese mixture over eight tomato slices; top with remaining tomato slices.
  • Place flour and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. In another bowl, whisk egg and milk. Coat the top and bottom of each sandwich with flour, dip into egg mixture, then coat with crumbs.
  • In a large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat. Fry tomato sandwiches in batches for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 251 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 225mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • katlaydee3
    Nov 22, 2016

    Really good, I liked these a lot as a side dish for steak dinner.

  • JMartinelli13
    Jun 5, 2016

    These are a bit fidgety, and make a lot of dishes ... First you have to mess up 4 bowls and the cutting board. Then the wrestling process of getting them egg washed and breaded without them slipsliding everywhere with the cream cheese inside. Then the frying. Then the flipping, again, without them sliding into two halves. I suppose you could spread the mixture on one side, coat it with crumbs and then fry them face down in the pan. I used dried parsley, and also added a little fresh cracked black pepper to the crumbs. I sprinkled them with a bit of kosher salt and basil after they were fried. I was hoping they weren't going to be good, but they were fantastic.

  • cheroliver
    Oct 5, 2010

    I don't think I added enough salt and my slices were a little too thick. But it was good!

  • Apodder
    Aug 2, 2010

    No, you cut 4 tomatoes into 4 slices each - 4x4=16 - then spread 8 slices and top w/8 slices.

  • cmuchukot
    Aug 2, 2010

    This receipe confuses me....cut four thick slices then spread 8 slices with cream cheese? How many slices are we talking about? Thanks.

  • Summy
    Aug 2, 2010

    I kind of think these wouldn't be eaten like sandwiches, but with a fork and knife. I think "sandwich" is just a description of how they are put together.

  • lurky27
    Jun 13, 2010

    These taste delicious. However, we had trouble keeping ours together as sandwiches. Yummy for us, but I wouldn't serve for company because of the messiness.~ Theresa

  • merathon runner
    Aug 25, 2009

    Re: Country-Style TomatoesFantastic! My husband wanted more the next day!He was raving about them to friends now I'm emailing the receipe to them. Thank You TOH

  • brooksjones7
    Jul 19, 2009

    Yummy--even my husband (who was wary at first) had second helpings! My preschoolers liked them too.

  • SailorWright
    Jun 27, 2009

    This is excellent. Even non tomato eaters thought this was good and wanted the receipe.