The original recipe was called “Scalloped Tomatoes”. I had visions of thinly sliced tomatoes smothered in creamy and cheese, akin to scalloped potatoes, except using tomatoes. Only a fool would thinly slice tomatoes that painstakingly which is probably why cubes of tomatoes are used here.
In essence, chunks of tomatoes (heirloom tomatoes are great because they have more tomato “meat”) and toasted, crispy bread are baked together with basil and then topped with (vegan) Parmesan cheese. The juices ooze out of the tomatoes and melt into the bread, it is more delicious than it sounds when you read the recipe.
It is kind of the perfect solution for when you feel you have had too many tomato sandwiches but your garden keeps giving you more tomatoes.
What are you making with tomatoes?
PS. I am sharing this with Meat Free Mondays.
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
4 cups (1/2-inch diced) stale bread
2.5 lbs summer ripe tomatoes, chopped in 1/2 inch cubes
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup julienned basil leaves, lightly packed
2/3 cup vegan Parmesan cheese (example: Almanzano)
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a large skillet, heat 1-2 tbsp oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the bread. Stir so that the oil coats the bread. Heat until toasted and brown, stirring occasionally, so it does not burn, approximately 5-10 minutes.
3. Stir in the tomatoes, garlic and salt. Stir to combine and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 5 minutes. Stir in the basil and remove from heat.
4. Pour the tomato mixture into an ungreased casserole dish (I used 8×8″). Top evenly with the Parmesan cheese and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly browned on top.
Serves 4 as a side.