scalloped tomatoes

this should have been posted a while ago but somehow i let this one slip through my fingers.  at any rate, for the family christmas dinner, everyone brings something.  i took a different route this year and made ina garten’s scalloped tomatoes from her new book “How Easy Is That?”   something fresh to stand out of the cheese and carb loaded dishes.  yes, it would be better in the summer but a little summer in winter never hurt anyone.

you’ll need:

  • Good olive oil (in the spirit of Ina)

  • 2 cups (1/2-inch diced) bread
  • 16 plum tomatoes, cut 1/2-inch dice (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup julienned basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.   add the bread cubes and stir to coat with the oil.  cook over medium to medium-high heat for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the cubes are evenly browned.

meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.  when the bread cubes are done, add the tomato mixture and continue to cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes.  off the heat, stir in the basil.

pour the tomato mixture into a shallow (6 to 8 cup) baking dish.  sprinkle evenly with the parmesan cheese and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the top is browned and the tomatoes are bubbly.  serve hot or warm.

the dish was simple and a lot of reviews said that is super easy to make ahead.  it was a hit at christmas dinner.  i will be making this in the summer with a few tweaks.  overall, yum!

 

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