Broiled Tomatoes with Mozzarella

I’ve decided there are as many recipes out there for baked tomatoes as there are for your “family’s homemade apple pie”. So I decided to take a little from each and make my own! What I would change the next time is use Panko Flakes instead of Ritz and perhaps Balsamic Vinegar for a bit of flavor.

  • 5 Slices 1/4 inch slices of beefsteak tomatoes (Homegrown if you can get them!)
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella
  • 1/4 Cup finely crushed cracker crumbs, panko, or bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp of dried Italian Seasoning (fresh if you have them)
  • Fresh Oregano, chopped
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Preheat oven to 350

Combine cheese, cracker crumbs, garlic powder, salt & pepper, and Italian seasoning.  Place tomato slices on foil lined pan. I like to use a light spray of EVOO to avoid sticking. Top equally with cheese mixture, drizzle with EVOO – At this point  you can either add your  fresh Oregano before or after cooking – I did both. Place in 350 degree oven for approximately 5-10 min, keep an eye on this it cooks quick! When cheese is just starting to melt and tomatoes are warm, turn your broiler on and cook 6 inches from heat for 1-2 minutes until you get a nice crisp from your crumbs and the cheese starts to brown slightly. Serve with your favorite pasta or vegetables – I used fresh spinach and served with   skinny bread sticks. A light quick meal :)