In my Caprice De Luca mystery series, Caprice and her family like to cook! Her sister Nikki is a caterer and Caprice just likes to create and remake traditional recipes from her Italian family. This is Nikki's recipe for Baked Tomatoes included in my June release DEADLY DECOR. This time of year when tomatoes are most abundant, it's a great dish to make. I hope you enjoy it!
Nikki's Baked Tomatoes With Mozzarella
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prep time--15 minutes (This always depends on how much you enjoy the process of handling ingredients. Some cooks rush through prep, others put on music and enjoy chopping and measuring.)
Bake time--60 minutes
Serves 6-8 as a side dish
2 1/2 lbs tomatoes -- washed, cored and sliced about 1/4" thick (I like to use large tomatoes)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced 1/8" thick
1 teaspoon oregano
1 clove garlic, grated
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin olive oil
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarello cheese (8 oz bag)
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
Layer 1/2 of the sliced tomatoes in 8"x12" glass casserole. Spread 1/2 of onion over first half, sprinkle with some oregano, grated garlic and half of sugar (1 tsp). Layer remainder of tomatoes and onion. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, rest of sugar (1 tsp) and remaining oregano. Drizzle with olive oil.. Cover with foil.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven. Carefully spoon out excess juice. Sprinkle with parmesan, then mozzarella cheese and bread crumbs. Put back in oven at 350 degrees uncovered for fifteen more minutes until bread crumbs are toasty brown.
After removing, allow the dish to sit for five minutes before serving. And enjoy!!!
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