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Too Many Tomatoes

August 7th, 2010 at 05:48 am

Ah, what a trouble...too many tomatoes!

My hubby planted 5 plants -- 4 big tomatoes and 1 grape tomato plant. The big tomato plants have been producing steadily, but not huge amounts. But that 1 measly little grape tomato plant has been unbelievable. I picked I bet over two pounds of little tomatoes yesterday.

I decided I needed to fix them some way besides eating them raw. I had seen a recipe for a gratin using regular tomatoes. I changed it a bit and I'm happy to report it was delicious!

Tomato Gratin

1 medium onion, chopped
olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, chopped up small
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon of fresh herb of your choice, chopped or a half tablepoon if dried (I used basil)
tomatoes -- enough to cover the bottom of a baking dish
bread crumbs -- enough to cover the top of the tomatoes
1/4 cup grated cheese (I used Romano because I had it on hand)
baking spray

Preheat oven to 400.
Saute the chopped onion in the olive oil. Take off heat once it is translucent and add honey and herb and mix together.
Slice the tomatoes in same size pieces. Since I used grape tomatoes, I sliced them in half and had them all face up to make one layer.
Toss in the chopped garlic and add the onion/honey sauce on top.
Spread the cheese over the tomatoes. Then add the bread crumbs until thoroughly covered.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until bread crumbs are brown.

If you wanted to make the casserole thicker, you could layer the tomatoes and onions if you had more and then bake a little longer. I would probably add a little more honey and lemon juice.

I used the tomatoes from our garden, an onion from our garden, basil from our garden, and the bread crumbs I made in our food processor from left over bread.

It was delicious and a reasonably cheap side dish.

6 Responses to “Too Many Tomatoes”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    We have been giving tons of tomatoes away too. dh had to quit eating them because of his surgery!

  2. terri77 Says:

    What a tasty problem to have. Have you made any marinara sauce yet? I haven't tried that. I'm a bottled pasta sauce junkie I guess.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I would love to find a great sauce recipe!

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    What ever happened to cherry tomatoes?? The stores don't sell them anymore, it's all grape this, grape that.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    I think these grape tomatoes are the replacement for cherry tomatoes...they are a hybrid and came out in 1997 or 98.

  6. baselle Says:

    Tomato gratin sounds great. I wonder how well it would work with green tomatoes, which have the same consistency as potato, parsnip, carrot?

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