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Crispy-Crumbed Baked Tomatoes with Pecans and Parmesan

Crispy-Crumbed Baked Tomatoes with Pecans and Parmesan
Miriam Rubin

Crispy-Crumbed Baked Tomatoes with Pecans and Parmesan

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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Ingredients

  • 8 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
  • 1 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

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts
Servings8
Calories Per Serving194
Total Fat11g16%
Sugar4gN/A
Saturated4g22%
Cholesterol16mg5%
Protein7g13%
Carbs19g6%
Vitamin A87µg10%
Vitamin B120.2µg2.7%
Vitamin B60.1mg5.7%
Vitamin C12mg20%
Vitamin D0.1µgN/A
Vitamin E0.7mg3.4%
Vitamin K21µg26%
Calcium139mg14%
Fiber2g10%
Folate (food)22µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)51µg13%
Folic acid17µgN/A
Iron1mg8%
Magnesium27mg7%
Monounsaturated4gN/A
Niacin (B3)2mg10%
Phosphorus118mg17%
Polyunsaturated2gN/A
Potassium270mg8%
Riboflavin (B2)0.1mg7.8%
Sodium283mg12%
Thiamin (B1)0.3mg17.5%
Trans0.2gN/A
Zinc0.9mg5.8%