Why no… I am not drizzling chocolate over cheese and vegetables.

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But it sure does sound like something I would do.

So I totally don’t blame you for rolling your eyes.

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I would tell you this was chocolate if it was opposite day. Buuuut. Um I don’t know what the opposite of chocolate is in this situation, so let’s just pretend it’s balsamic glaze? Win win.

No really though, what IS the opposite of chocolate? Is it vanilla? I think that’s too boring. I’m going to make something else up.

And where did opposite day come from anyway? Was it ever a real thing? I mean, like a real thing as a tween, not a REAL real thing, like as in the world. I think for me it developed in second or third grade or something, probably right behind the copycat game. You know that game… someone says something, and then you repeat every single word they say… right after they say them? It’s not annoying or anything. And eventually they say “stop copying me” or “stop repeating me” or something of the sort. So yeah. Opposite day followed right behind that. And it most likely happened because somebody asked me really nicely to do a terrible chore, and I sweetly agreed before knowing what the horrible chore really was. So after I said yes, I was all “oh sorry… it’s opposite day.”

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Things I would tell you if it really WAS opposite day:

No, of course I didn’t just spend nearly 10 minutes drawing on the shower door, while in the shower, cranking up the hot water so there was more steam so I could draw more hearts with arrows through them. Oh and I DEFINITELY did not write my 6th grade boyfriend’s name on the door just to see if it still looked the same. [6th grade boyfriend? hello oxymoron.]

Nah… I really don’t think Eric Northman is all that hot.

I’m not obsessive at all. About anything.

[That sums it up. At least for today.]

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Oh and opposite day is totally making a comeback right? And it’s all because of Pinterest and those “said no one ever” quotes. It’s like the adult (or err… young adult? immature adult?) version of opposite day. They’re getting a bit ridiculous (read: not so funny) these days, besides my personal favorite of course.


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So in true opposite day fashion, you probably shouldn’t make this at all. Not even once. It’s not delicious, the tomatoes are not crunchy and the cheese is not gooey. And the glaze is not perfectly sweet.


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Oven Fried Green Tomato Caprese Stacks

Yield: serves 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


4 green tomatoes, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup regular breadcrumbs

1/4 cup medium grind cornmeal

1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

12 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced into rounds (ideally the same size as the tomatoes)

12 large fresh basil leaves

balsamic glaze for drizzling


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top, spraying it with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, combine panko, bread crumbs, cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper and cayenne, mixing thoroughly to combine. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Take each slice of green tomato and coat it in the beaten egg, then dredge it through the bread crumb mix, pressing on both sides to adhere. Gently place the tomato on the wire rack and repeat with the remaining slices. Once finished, spray each tomato with olive oil (or non-stick spray, whatever you have). Bake for 25-30 minutes, until tomatoes are crispy and golden.

Once finished, remove gently from the wire rack. Assemble stacks of alternating tomatoes, mozzarella rounds and basil leaves, finishing it all off with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Serve immediately.

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I also did not eat it all. I’d never do such a thing.

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78 Responses to “Oven Fried Green Tomato Caprese Stacks.”

  1. #
    Simply Life — August 28, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    you are so creative! what a unique caprese salad idea! I love this!


  2. #
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — August 28, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    Wow, what an awesome idea! I haven’t had fried green tomatoes in years … but they’re so good!


  3. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 28, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    I adore recipes that have something drizzled or oozing. Looks fantastic. But if we’re continuing with opposite day I should add: Eric is way hotter than Alcide (because come on… so totally not) :)


  4. #
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — August 28, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    These are gorgeous. I bet a restaurant would charge about $20 for this salad. I made fried green tomatoes once, but the oven-frying method is something I haven’t done with tomatoes yet.


  5. #
    Rachel Cooks — August 28, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    Love this crispy take on caprese! Yum!!


  6. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 28, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    I have yet to try a green tomato! Your caprese stacks look amazing!!!


  7. #
    Rachel {Studio Cuisine} — August 28, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    This looks cringe-worthy, but only on opposite day! On a normal day, I’d eat every.last.bite.


  8. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — August 28, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    these look absolutely delicious and your photography is amazing!


    • Jessica — August 28th, 2012 @ 10:58 am

      Thank you!


  9. #
    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — August 28, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    Reading your posts makes me realize that I’m living in a foodie box. You’ve unknowingly brought to my attention that I’ve yet to try avocados and now fried green tomatoes. What else on earth am I missing out on? I anxiously await your next post for that revelation, Jessica. Speak to me! ;-)


  10. #
    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — August 28, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    I absolutely LOVE oven fried green tomatoes! These look amazing. I need to make that glaze to pour over mine next time. Don’t judge me for licking the plate afterwards though…


  11. #
    Steph's Miles — August 28, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    What an interesting idea! I’d like to try it with regular red or beefsteak tomatoes! :)


  12. #
    JulieD — August 28, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    Wow!! I need these stat!! Very creative way to serve fried green tomatoes…and I love that you baked the tomatoes!!


  13. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 28, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    Mmm this looks amazing Jess! I loooove balsamic on everything from salads to strawberries. About the whole chocolate thing, I suspected that’s what the drizzle might be when I saw the first pic, and was thrilled to read that it was balsamic glaze. Having said that, you’re right, I definitely wouldn’t have been surprised if it was chocolate!


  14. #
    Kim in MD — August 28, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    I love fried green tomatoes. You made them healthier by baking them and paired them with fresh mozzarella and balsamic glaze…WOW! I say it all the time, but you a culinary genius, Jessica! :-)


  15. #
    Heather — August 28, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    This looks awesome, at the end of growing season, I will definitely try this rather than pickling them all… Even on opposite day, I don’t think I could tell Eric he couldn’t chew on me… but I would try :)


  16. #
    Chelsy — August 28, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    Balsamic Glaze is definitely the “chocolate” in this dish…or wait…maybe the mozzarella!


  17. #
    Vanessa — August 28, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    I am totally making this for dinner tonight. Since moving to England (side note: don’t even get me started on the Trader Joe’s and Target withdrawals) I haven’t been able to find Panko bread crumbs. Do you think I can use all regular breadcrumbs?


  18. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 28, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Anything that looks like chocolate – or better yet – balsamic glaze drizzled sultry-style over a stack of whateverhaveyou is totally the epitome of living.


  19. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 28, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    I used to ALWAYS order caprese salads at this restaurant Scott and I used to go to when we were dating. Like um 14 yrs ago. Wow. Anyway…love this idea.

    And loved your interview on Rachel’s blog!


  20. #
    Diane, A Broad — August 28, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    Have I mentioned how much I love your writing? It feels like I’m talking to one of my best girlfriends.

    PS: this looks freaking amazing and I can’t wait to crib the recipe from you.


    • Jessica — August 28th, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      You are so kind – thank you!


  21. #
    Tina {My Life as a Mrs} — August 28, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    ummm why didn’t I think of this?!! i need this in my life. like now.


  22. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — August 28, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    This sounds amazing. Where the heck do you find green tomatoes though?!


    • Jessica — August 28th, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      They should have some at your grocery store or maybe even a farmer’s market, usually for this purpose. For instance mine were in a bin labeled “green tomatoes for frying.”


  23. #
    Lana — August 28, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    As if you wouldn’t let Eric take a little nibble! I know you are a showtime/HBO kind of girl. If you want to check out a train wreck kind of show watch Polyamory. You want to divert your eyes but somehow catch yourself not breathing because you are so dumbfounded by what is happening in front of you!!

    Oh and the food looks delicious as always!!


  24. #
    Kerry — August 28, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    Caprese salad is my husband’s favorite – this recipe is a great way to change up the old standby. Thanks!


  25. #
    Sruthi — August 28, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Hey Jessica…these look great! I was wondering how you sliced the fresh mozzarella so perfectly. Mine always ends up in small pieces, but never in perfect circles like yours. Thanks!


    • Jessica — August 28th, 2012 @ 10:56 am

      I just sliced it with a super sharp knife, and verrrrry slowly.


  26. #
    Emily aka The Three Bite Rule — August 28, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    these took so great! this is such a good idea and is more varied than I’ve gotten with tomatoes this season!


  27. #
    Kath — August 28, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    LOVE THIS!! I’ve been thinking about making fried green tomatoes recently, although we should probably eat our red tomatoes first!


  28. #
    Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family — August 28, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    What a delicious and fresh spin on caprese. I love fried green tomatoes but haven’t tried them in the over.

    P.S. Would totally not fault you for wanting to put chocolate on top :) Happy Tuesday!


  29. #
    Jil Murphy — August 28, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    LOVE! We’ve got tons of green tomatoes (they’ve stayed stubbornly green for a while now…) … I think it’s just a sign I need to make this one. It looks incredible.


  30. #
    Holiday Baker Man — August 28, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    I love balsamico glaze…. adds that zip to lots of things! These look great. Oven baked is even better.


  31. #
    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — August 28, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    I’m actually loving the “said no one ever” posts…but I’ve only seen like three. I’m sure it’s getting pretty ridiculous. :) This caprese stack is screaming at me to make it tonight, or for lunch maybe? Either way, I’m all over it.


  32. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 28, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    I love fried green tomatoes–although I’m bummed because I haven’t seen any green tomatoes anywhere recently. I think they came around when people started doing this with un-ripe tomatoes that fell from plants, pretty cool, huh?


  33. #
    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen — August 28, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    I love fried green tomatoes – and I’m loving this healthier version!


  34. #
    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — August 28, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Beautiful photography Jessica! And delicious!


  35. #
    Michelle — August 28, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    Hello, gorgeous stack of delectable caprese! [and no, not in true Opposite Day fashion] I spent last night catching up with a high school friend, and we came to some of the same conclusions of our childhood. The world was just so, so small then.


  36. #
    Katie @ Veggie and the Beast — August 28, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    This looks absolutely heavenly. I would also love to make this into a sandwich. Yup, a crispy breaded tomato inside two slices of bread. Cause that’s how I roll. Thanks for the recipe!


  37. #
    kim@hungryhealthygirl — August 28, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    Such a creative food invention and it looks so yummy and tasty! I definitely played opposite day all through elementary and now I hear my kids saying it. I did the shower door thing too. :)


  38. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 28, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    I have never had a green tomato. How sad. I need to change that. :)


  39. #
    Eileen — August 28, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    Baked fried green tomatoes–perfect! I really need to start baking more delicious traditionally fried things. Thanks for the amazing idea!


  40. #
    Eri — August 28, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    Oh yum!!!!! Everything fried can be as good baked if you know how to do it! Your first picture is AMAZING!!!


  41. #
    Ali @ Around the VeggieTable — August 28, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    Those “said no one ever” quotes are the current version of saying “NOT!!” after saying something. Also they are really annoying. Also also, I actually DID think that you were drizzling chocolate on vegetables, because I believe that’s something you would do. I feel like I know you at this point :)


  42. #
    Phi — August 28, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    These look precious! I’ve been eating fried green tomatoes with cashew relish because that’s the way I’ve always had them… Maybe it’s time for game changers. My roommate told me about a special salad he had of shaved green tomatoes and green tomato croquettes.


  43. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — August 28, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    Seriously gorgeous! Love love love these.


  44. #
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — August 28, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    Oh, god, Eric Northman. Love. (or hate, in the spirit of opposite day/said no one ever).


  45. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 28, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    OMG i hate tomatoes (for the most part) but i can TOTALLY get on board with these!


  46. #
    ellenbcookery — August 28, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    What a great idea for using up green tomatoes. Goodness, I’ve got so many tomatoes waiting to ripe in the garden, I’m sure a could spare a few to do this recipe! YUM!


  47. #
    lisa — August 28, 2012 @ 3:34 pm



  48. #
    Hannah — August 28, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

    ERIC NORTHMAN. There’s this tall blond boy on my campus that looks JUST like him, and I’m not gonna lie — my heart skips a beat every time he’s around


  49. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 28, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    These look positively fabulous!


  50. #
    The Meaning of Me — August 28, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    I absolutely love fried green tomatoes. These look good, but do they compare to the fried version? Just as good? Because I completely want to eat this right now.



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