Crispy-Crumbed Baked Tomatoes with Pecans and Parmesan

Crispy-Crumbed Baked Tomatoes with Pecans and Parmesan
Miriam Rubin


  • medium-sized, firm-but-ripe tomatoes, such as Arkansas Traveler or Rutgers, or large Roma tomatoes, halved crosswise
  • 3/4 Teaspoons  kosher salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 1/2 Cup  chopped scallions
  • large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 Cup  fresh breadcrumbs (from about 3 slices crusty country-style bread)
  • 1/2 Cup  freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 Cup  finely chopped pecans

These are gorgeous nestled alongside a grilled or baked fish or a juicy steak or as the star of a vegetable plate. Medium-sized round tomatoes or large Romas work best, but cut Romas lengthwise in half instead of crosswise. Good-quality supermarket tomatoes work nicely because baking intensifies their flavor. Don't be tempted to use store-bought dry breadcrumbs here. Making fresh ones is so simple: Tear the bread into rough 2-inch pieces and buzz it in the food processor.

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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Arrange the tomatoes cut side up in a baking dish just large enough to hold them. Mix ½ teaspoon of the salt and the pepper in a cup and sprinkle over the tomatoes.

Melt the butter in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Brush a little butter over the cut side of each tomato, leaving some in the skillet. Bake the tomatoes, uncovered, until they are hot, begin to soften, and look juicy on top, 20-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the scallions and garlic to the butter remaining in the skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the scallions are tender, about 2 minutes. Add the breadcrumbs and cook, stirring, until lightly golden and crisp, 3-5 minutes.

Scrape into a medium-sized bowl. Mix in the Parmesan, pecans, and remaining salt.

Spoon some of the crumb mixture atop each tomato half. Bake until the crumbs are browned and heated, 10-12 more minutes. Serve hot.


Calories per serving:

158 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 81g 124%
  • Carbs 104g 35%
  • Saturated 34g 172%
  • Fiber 24g 95%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 42g
  • Monounsaturated 29g
  • Polyunsaturated 12g
  • Protein 46g 91%
  • Cholesterol 130mg 43%
  • Sodium 3,041mg 127%
  • Calcium 995mg 99%
  • Magnesium 262mg 65%
  • Potassium 3,559mg 102%
  • Iron 9mg 49%
  • Zinc 7mg 45%
  • Phosphorus 965mg 138%
  • Vitamin A 972µg 108%
  • Vitamin C 186mg 311%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 76%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 45%
  • Niacin (B3) 13mg 67%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 66%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 311µg 78%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 13%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 9mg 45%
  • Vitamin K 215µg 269%
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