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afternoon snack: provençal tomatoes

Last Christmas Eve I made provençal tomatoes and I'm thinking I need to make them again real soon.  Not the healthiest snack, but definitely a crowd-pleaser and easy to make.  I can always count on Ina for a no fail recipe.  
{photo taken on Christmas Eve 2010}

Provençal Tomatoes: Ina Garten {inspired by Julia Child}

  • 6 ripe tomatoes (2 1/2 to 3-inches in diameter)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)
  • 1/4 cup minced scallions, white and green parts (2 scallions)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • Good olive oil


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Cut the cores from the tomatoes, removing as little as possible. Cut them in half crosswise and, with your fingers, remove the seeds and juice. Place the tomato halves in a baking dish.  In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs, scallions, basil, parsley, garlic, thyme, and 1 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle the tomato halves generously with salt and pepper. With your hands, fill the cavities and cover the tops of the tomatoes with the bread crumb mixture. Bake the tomatoes for 15 minutes, or until they're tender. Sprinkle with the cheese, drizzle with olive oil, and bake for 30 seconds more. Serve hot or at room temperature.


  1. Love tomatoes in this style! I find that broiling them at the very end gives the cheese a nice melt. Thanks for sharing!
    ~ Julie

  2. yum!

    your flickr stuff over there looks professional. how is the new camera doing?

  3. Those sound wonderful! I can't wait til summer for fresh tomatoes from the garden. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I just saw that Ina recipe yesterday on the plane and am dying to try it. Simple yet almost gourmet is my kind of food! Yours look so yummy too :)

  5. I make this same Ina recipe! They are sooooo good and make the perfect side dish as well :)

  6. These look SO delicious. I want to run home and buy all the ingredients asap.

  7. Looks yummy! I've recently started liking tomatoes after hating them my entire life. I'm happy my taste buds finally wised up!

    turn up the rad

  8. I adore Ina :)I'm going to have to try this recipe - I have done something similar in the past with both feta and blue cheese...yum!

  9. Yum yum!!!! If I'm in the crowd, I would definitely be pleased! :)

    Love your new photo on the sidebar!
    xoxo e

  10. Mhh! I am sure they're a crowd pleaser! They look incredibly delicious!
    xo, Gabbie

  11. I will definitely be trying this recipe. Looks delicious!

  12. these look soooo good. can't wait for summer and my garden!


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