Whoa whoa whoa… you’re on the right website. I promise.

I know.

This is weird.

Vegetables… like as a meal. Or a snack. Yeah. Snack.

 

What the what?

I’d never tell you that vegetables would satisfy me as a meal, unless I ate about 800 pounds of them. With cheese and bread crumbs and… sort of like this. All warmed up and melty.

Oh wait. I did that.

 

And right about now you’re going to tell me ‘but tomatoes are a fruit!’ blahblahblah. Um, let’s have a little talk. Fruit is sweet. You can put fruit in cereal and on ice cream. Are you going to put tomatoes on your cereal and ice cream today? How about you try that and get back to me.

Case closed.

I never really intended to share something like this with you. It’s simple and it grows on a plant and makes appearances in salads and you know… just doesn’t butter my bread. But a few weeks ago, Lori posted her lunch or snack or heck – breakfast for all I know – on instagram and it was some sort of delicious broiled tomatoes with cheese. And I talked to myself because I’m loopy and was all “oh man that looks sort of good… but it’s a vegetable… but it looks like something I want to shove in my face… but it’s a vegetable… but I want it now… but it’s a vegetable…”

And then I wondered if I should shut down my instagram account because all it makes me want to do is eat tons and tons of delicious food and when your job is to make recipes that tend to house a pound of butter and a bucket of sugar, wanting to eat more than you already do is just dangerous. Or something.

But I made it anyway. Because by eating all these vegetables I basically dumped a pocket full of change in my caloric bank which allowed me to eat more cupcakes.

 

And I ate it more than once. Shhhh. That just translates to more cupcakes.

 

Oh, and I like heirloom tomatoes because they come in pretty colors and funny shapes that make me laugh, and do not even closely resemble those orange rocks that my grocery store tries to pass off as tomatoes. The only other things I like tomatoes with are crazy caprese stacks with a syrupy balsamic reduction and on pizza with a boatload of cheese. Literally… a boatload. Float it in for me. Oh, and soup! I like tomato soup in which I dip my greasy grilled gruyere cheese into. So yeah… I guess I do like tomatoes. I also dip my grilled cheeses in ketchup [more tomatoes!] but I think I’ve scared you enough for one day. Don’t want to push you outside the circle of trust.

Broiled Asiago Heirloom Tomatoes

inspired by Lori’s lunch via instragam

4 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced

1 cup panko bread crumbs

3/4 cup freshly grated asiago cheese

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Preheat the broiler on your oven – I set mine to high.

Lay sliced tomatoes in a 9×13 baking dish, overlapping a few if needed. Sprinkle tomatoes with salt and pepper. In a bowl, mix panko, cheese, garlic and parsley with a spoon until combined. Evenly sprinkle panko mix over top of tomatoes. Broil for 2-3 minutes, or just until cheese and crumbs are golden. Watch carefully as the break crumbs can burn quickly! Serve as a summer side dish, a salad starter, or a snack!

I’ve had enough plants for one day. Bring on the bacon!

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101 Responses to “Broiled Asiago Heirloom Tomatoes.”

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    Vicky @ Recipe Adaptors — August 9, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    Well done on eating all those tomatoes.

    But you do realise that you could have added a couple of slices of bacon on top? ;-)

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2011 @ 7:04 am

      As I typed the last line… I thought of that!

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    Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance — August 9, 2011 @ 7:06 am

    I remember you saying how much you hate vegetables, so this is fabulous! Awesome job incorporating that beta carotene ;)

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    julia — August 9, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    We all need a little fruit, or veggie, or whatever the heck tomatoes are, in our life occasionally. Your argument on tomatoes being a vegetable is much more sound then ‘if it has seeds.’ You’re right, you won’t find me ruining my ice cream with no tomatoes, yuck!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — August 9, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    The look great! I eat one tomato every day. I love them. I couldnt imagine a day without tomatoes…crazy, huh! But growing up, my dad always used to broil tomatoes and sometimes he’d add cheese but always with herbs.

    And I had the pleasure of hanging out with Lori a few days ago..and yes, her recipes always look great.

    And everyone’s instragram pics make me hungry!

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    Sweet and Savvy — August 9, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    Beautiful!! I’ve never added cheese directly to tomatoes.

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — August 9, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    The cheesey breadcrumb mixture almost reminds me of a fried green tomato – love the broiling idea. Beautiful photos!

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2011 @ 8:10 am

      I only had my first fried green tomato a few months ago… SO good!

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    Blog is the New Black — August 9, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    I HEART tomatoes… so you just made them even better to me!

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    Aine @ Something to Chew Over — August 9, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    Yum! These look delish, what gorgeous tomatoes :)

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    Becki@beckiswholelife — August 9, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    Actually, if you put bacon on these, it would kind of be like a BLT! These look delicious and are making me hungry, seriously. I do love tomatoes especially, when they are covered in cheese, garlic and breadcrumbs….as long as they are good tomatoes, that is. It does make a big difference in the summer when tomatoes are in season.

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2011 @ 8:10 am

      you.are.brilliant.

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    Laura @ Meet Virginia — August 9, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    I feel the same way about tomatoes! They do make for some pretty pictures, though. ;)

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 9, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    I think boatloads of cheese are fine if you’re attempting to work more veggies into your diet… baby steps, right? ;)

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 9, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    heirloom tomatoes are SOOOOOOO pretty! i love that green one :) i like becki’s idea with adding the bacon to the tomatoes! heaven :)

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    Emily Rushton — August 9, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    I dip my grilled cheese in ketchup too! :)

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    Kelly — August 9, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    Keith HATES tomatoes unless in the form of ketchup or spaghetti sauce…I am going to show him this and see if this would make him a convert.

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    Bev Weidner — August 9, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    Girl, I am with you. On the whole heirloom tomato thing. And loving them. And not sticking them in cereal or ice cream.

    We’re growing heirlooms in our garden and I gotta say, I’m terrified of what’s going on out there.

    http://bevcooks.com/2011/08/world-meet-summer-at-6-oz-and-5-inches-long/

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    Kim in MD — August 9, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    This looks delicious, and I think bacon would be a great addition! Yep- bacon sprinkles! ;-)

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    Stella — August 9, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    The link to crazy caprese stacks with a syrupy balsamic reduction didn’t work, but it sounds AMAZING. I also tried searching your recipes. Maybe you can help?

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    Cait's Plate — August 9, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    Ahahaha – this entire post had me doubled over laughing. I agree with you – tomatoes are not a fruit!!

    These look wonderful and they are absolutely how I go about eating vegetables when eating them as a meal.

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — August 9, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    Speaking of bacon, crumbled bacon on top of this might be amazing!

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    Kaitlyn — August 9, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    i don’t know why but heirloom tomatoes are just so yummy! can’t wait to try this one!

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — August 9, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Haha! You’re so funny. Those tomatoes are gorgeous! :-) Beautiful presentation.

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    Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy — August 9, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    Yum, tomatoes are one of my favorites! This looks like a great recipe!

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    nikki — August 9, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    You have made it girlfriend!! You are officially a food stylist and photographer and an excellent one at that. Gorgeous pictures. Definitely makes me want to shove those tomatoes in my own face.

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2011 @ 11:59 am

      You are too sweet. Thank you!!

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    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — August 9, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    I am drooling. I love summer tomatoes and these look fabulous.

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    Katie — August 9, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    All I ever say when I see heirloom tomatoes is…”They’re so pretty!” – and yours are no exception. It’s really a shame that I don’t like them. That’s one vegetable I can’t get behind (and I like your fruit/vegetable reasoning, I’m on the same page)

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    Gen — August 9, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    Yuum!!!!! Can’t wait to eat this! Plus it means that I get to eat those brownies that you posted yesterday, right?

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2011 @ 11:59 am

      Why yes… it does.

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — August 9, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    Great job on eating those tomatoes! They look absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to have them with dinner tonight! And that first photo is GORGEOUS – Love the colors and the dark green lines on that green tomato are so intense!

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    Donna @ Life of a Happy Blonde — August 9, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    Only way i will eat tomatoes is if they are warm and preferably covered with cheese so this just makes my day :)

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    Lisa | Life in Green — August 9, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Heirloom tomatoes are the best! I always grow at least a few varieties every year.

    Do you know the names of the tomatoes? I’d say the green striped could be Green Zebra.

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2011 @ 11:58 am

      Do they really have names? I don’t know the first thing about veggies!

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      • Lisa | Life in Green — August 9th, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

        Yes! There are like a bajillion varieties of heirloom tomatoes and they have some great names.

        For example this year I’m growing some named: Hillbilly, Aunt Ginny’s Purple, Cuostralee, Cherokee Green. They are just now ripening…will share pics!

        • Jessica — August 9th, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

          OMG I love it.

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    Molly Cooper — August 9, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    So, my friend linked to your S’mores Cake-in-a-Jar post on her Facebook, which led me to said post, which led me to falling head over heels for your blog. I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your writings and amazing looking recipes, I can’t wait to try some of them out! Especially this savory dish… mmm. With the suggested bacon above and maybe some kind of grain/pasta, I’m thinking of turning this into a dinner of sorts.

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2011 @ 11:58 am

      Welcome! :)

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    Jess — August 9, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    I love your blog and it’s not just the food. Don’t get me wrong everything you concoct makes me want to lick my computer screen but I also love your writing. You really have a way of making the reader believe what you are saying, laugh, think and practically taste what you are posting about. So thanks for taking me out of the zone while I sit at my desk wanting to strangle myself with my mouse cord. :)

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2011 @ 11:58 am

      Thank you so much Jess!

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    The Teenage Taste — August 9, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    YES! I have pounds and pounds of tomatoes from my garden that desperately need to be used up. This looks delicious. I cannot wait to try it! :-)

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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy — August 9, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    Me and tomatoes are bff’s in the summer when they are ripe and delicious. I eat them on toast with mayo, salads, tacos, you name it. And this my darling has just made its way to the top of my tomato list.
    Which is good bc there’s only a few weeks left before I drop them like a bad habit until next summer.

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    Joanna — August 9, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    This recipe could not have come at a better time! I was looking at my fridge this morning and was thinking what to do with my tomatoes…Thank you!

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    Erin — August 9, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    I’ve been gobbling tomatoes, and trying to come up with something new to do. This is just what I was looking for!! Thanks! BTW… This will totally pass as dinner in my house. :)

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    Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn — August 9, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    Hi, moving into your house riiiiight now.

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2011 @ 11:57 am

      I’ll clean a room for ya!

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    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — August 9, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    I *LOVE* heirloom tomatoes!!!!! They are like heaven on earth. It is okay that these are vegetables, they can be sweet too. YUM!

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun — August 9, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    I love your fruit vs veggie reasoning. It is truth.

    And this looks SO good. I’m a huge tomato fan.

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    Mandy@Withmilkandflour — August 9, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    After a week of celebrating my birthday by eating food, cake and chocolate, i completely understand your point of view. These heirloom tomatoes look delicious and healthy, a good antidote to my over indulging!

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    Ashley — August 9, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    Oh my oh my. Tomato perfection. I adore the overhead vertical shot. No words for this tasty veggie treat. You’re so right, too…tomatoes do not go in cereal, even the really sweet kind! ;)

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    Kat @ Living Like the Kings — August 9, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    I wish my husband liked tomatoes – this looks absolutely amazing. i wonder if I can trick him into thinking that green tomatoes are not in fact at all like real tomatoes….

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    Karly — August 9, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    I love tomatoes but I’ve never tried the heirloom ones. They’re so creepy looking. You make them look pretty delish though.

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2011 @ 11:57 am

      You MUST try!!

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    Kacy — August 9, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    Tomatoes aren’t a fruit/vegetable – they’re a class all their own – of amazingness.

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — August 9, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    Love! This was the perfect dinner while I was on vacation. I have another tomato LOVE recipe on my site right now. Do you love burrata as much as I do?

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2011 @ 11:56 am

      Yes… I drooled just looking at that!

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    Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) — August 9, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    I haven’t had any heirloom’s this summer :l … sad. I need to fix this immidiately!!

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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — August 9, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    Hahaha…outside the circle of trust. That line totally made me laugh out loud.

    Tomatoes are vegetables, definitely!! What is this fruit nonsense.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — August 9, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Yummy! Something as simple as heirloom tomatoes can outshine on its own :) Need. Some. ASAP!

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    Katrina — August 9, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    This looks freaking awesome!

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    Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty — August 9, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    agreed. bacon on top. Wait! Pancetta on top!

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

      Yes yes!

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    Anne Weber-Falk — August 9, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    I know you do not necessarily enjoy photographing your foods. I know spending all that time doing the work and taking 38 and a 1/2 pictures of the food only to find one that is perfect can be frustrating. It is that perfect one though. I hope you realize that your photos are fantastic. I read a number of blogs and I see a lot of pictures. My husband is an amateur photographer. Your photos are some of the nicest I have seen. I enjoy looking at all of them. You are an artist. Thank you.

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

      This made my day. Thank you SO much!

      Reply

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