Baked Parmesan Tomatoes make the perfect side dish or appetizer with tender roasted tomatoes topped with garlic, Parmesan cheese, and oregano. Jump to Recipe
When it comes to easy and tasty recipes, these Parmesan Baked Tomatoes are at the top of the list. They couldn't be easier to make and are always a hit. Serve them alongside Pesto Chicken or Creamy Mushroom Chicken for a quick and delicious dinner.
This is one of my favorite low carb side dishes, probably because it reminds me of pizza. Sliced tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs - it doesn't take much more than that for a delicious dish that you will quickly add to your go side dish recipes. You can use almost any fresh herbs, dried herbs, and cheese you like to create all different options.
The other thing I love about this dish is that it is such a nice change from the normal rotation of side dishes. I don't know about you, but we sometimes fall in a side dish rut always eating the same veggies, potatoes, and rice. These baked tomatoes really switch things up. They are juicy, packed with flavor, and really healthy as well. Plus they are ready in 10 minutes, which is always a huge plus in our busy house.
Another thing to keep in mind, this baked tomatoes recipe works for any type of tomato - Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Beefsteak, Campari - you get the idea. The most important thing is choosing a tomato that looks ripe and flavorful. When using smaller tomatoes, you may not need to bake them quite as long. You don't want to end up with a mushy tomato, so take them out as soon as the cheese is melted and the tomato is heated through.
How do you make Baked Tomatoes
There are many different ways to make baked or roasted tomatoes depending on if you want a quick side dish or a slow roasted tomato. For this Baked Parmesan Tomato recipe, I am focusing on a quick and easy side dish where the tomatoes will stay juicy and retain some of their shape and texture. To make any kind of baked tomato, you want to:
- Slice the tomatoes in half or into slices and sprinkle them with a little bit of salt.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Place the tomatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet. For easy cleanup, cover the baking sheet in parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Sprinkle the tomatoes with cheese and any herbs or spices you are using.
- Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbling.
What herbs can I use on Baked Tomatoes?
When it comes to oven baked tomatoes, there is virtually no wrong choice when it comes to fresh or dried herbs. Oregano, basil, rosemary, or thyme all work. You could also use an Italian seasoning blend or a Mediterranean spice blend. Another super tasty option is Everything Bagel seasoning that is super popular right now. It adds a savory note to the dish that really works. If you like spice, you could also consider adding some red pepper flakes or Italian hot pepper spread.
Recipe Ideas for Baked Parmesan Tomatoes
- Add breadcrumbs: Many people like to make these recipes with breadcrumbs as well to add a crunchy topping to the roasted tomatoes. To do this, add breadcrumbs to the Parmesan cheese mixture before placing it on the tomato slices. You can use regular, seasoned, or Panko breadcrumbs.
- Use mozzarella cheese: If you want some gooey melted cheese, then you will need to add some mozzarella as well. You can use it in place of the Parmesan or in addition to the Parmesan cheese.
- Try cherry tomatoes: Sometimes when tomatoes aren't in season, the best option is cherry tomatoes since they tend to be sweeter and more flavorful. You can make this recipe with halved cherry tomatoes, just be prepared for it to be a little messier since the topping won't stay in place as well. Just note that cherry tomatoes will cook more quickly in most cases and you want to take them out before they get mushy.
- Add fresh basil: Fresh basil is one of those things that makes almost everything taste better, these tomatoes included. After cooking the tomatoes, don't hesitate to top everything with some chopped fresh basil. So good.
- Make it spicy: For all you spice lovers, consider add some red pepper flakes to the tomatoes as well. The sweetness of the tomatoes with the spice really works.
What's the difference between a baked tomato and a slow roasted tomato?
There is a huge difference between these baked tomatoes and a slow roasted tomato. This baked tomato recipe results in juicy, tender tomatoes that still resemble the raw tomato in their texture, taste, and moisture content. On the other hand, slow roasted tomatoes cook low and slow for a long time until they become almost shriveled up. The moisture bakes out and they get super intense in terms of flavor. They are almost like a sun-dried tomato in terms of texture and taste.
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- 4 U tomatoes, halved horizontally
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 U garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 4 tsp. olive oil
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