Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cold Snap - Hot Tomatoes!

Potting Shed Welcome!
It's been so cool outside the last three days - what a WELCOME relief!  I listened to the weather report early this morning and in another 2 days they are saying the humidity will be on the rise once again.  No matter.  This time of year we expect the ups and downs in temps.
Roma Tomatoes
 On my way out to feed the hens and horses, I stopped to inspect the garden.  We don't get a lot of sunlight back here in the woods, but since I have had a pretty good flower garden going the past few years, I decided to plant 3 tomato plants in one of the sunniest locations to see how well they would do.  I spotted several tomatoes ripe and begging to be picked, so I brought them in and added them to the ones I collected a couple of days ago.  Any bruised or damaged fruits are used as treats for the girls -
"The Girls" on the lookout for TREATS!
I have a recipe found in an old magazine that I thought I would like to try sometime - and here it is, in case YOU have a cold snap and wouldn't mind running your oven for a short while!

Scalloped Tomatoes

3 TBS butter
1/4 Cup minced onions
2 Cups fresh bread crumbs
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Dash cayenne pepper
3-1/2 Cups fresh diced tomatoes
1/4 Cup fresh bread crumbs
1 TBS melted butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In 3 TBS of butter, in a small saucepan, saute the onions until tender. Add 2 cups bread crumbs, sugar, salt, pepper and cayenne. Arrange layer of tomatoes in a greased 1-1/2 qt casserole. Top with a layer of onion-bread mixture. Continue until all is used, ending with tomatoes on top. Combine 1/4 cup bread crumbs with 1 TBS melted butter and sprinkle over tomatoes. Bake, uncovered, 45 minutes.

I think this would be good either with a sprinkle of shredded cheese on top during the last 7 minutes of bake time, or great served with grilled cheese sandwiches for a different twist on dinner!


kim said...

Those scalloped potatoes sound yummy thank you for the recipe.
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Angela said...

That recipe sounds so yummy and I would give it a try if I had some tomatoes. Our garden didn't do good at all this year....


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Sweetie...
Boy does that ever sound good. I love scalloped potatoes, so why not scalloped tomatoes?

Oh were any of the tomatoes bruised for the girls? They sure look like they are begging for a little treat or two. Aren't they just the most beautiful things ever? I love their plumage and they have such sweet faces. Funny I wouldn't think hens or roosters would, but they really do have sweet faces, and you can see alittle spunk in a couple of those gals.

Thanks for sharing sweetie. Hope you had a blessed day.

Country hugs and much love, Sherry

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Anonymous said...

Ooooooo, that recipe sounds wonderful! I can't belive the woodland "critters" don't get to your tomatoes first! Enjoy!!!

Becky K. said...

Now that sounds very good....I would definitely add the cheese. Cheese is good on absolutely everything, I think!

Becky K.