Pomodori Gratinati | Tomatoes Gratineed with Cheese

In Autumn, tomatoes are at their best, especially for cooking.

Gratineed Tomatoes with Cheese Recipe

In Autumn tomatoes come into their own. Not only are the tomatoes a little juicer, a little sweeter away from that hot sun, but the weather is a little cooler and so cooking tomatoes becomes an option again – baked, grilled, fried, sauteed, sauced, pureed – you name the cooking method and tomatoes will have it covered.

Gratineed tomatoes are filled with cheese, herbs and breadcrumbs and oven baked for slightly retro but awesome lunches or as a side dish to a main meal. They can be cooked in covered BBQs as well.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Tomatoes Stuffed with Feta and Basil, Creamy Potato Cheese Gratin, Oven Baked Tomatoes, and Baked Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice.

Or if you are after other Gratin dishes, try Pasta Bake with Cabbage and Cheese, Potato and Cheddar Gratin, and Caramelised Witlof with a Cheesey Topping.

You might like to browse other Baked Tomatoes here. All of our Tomato recipes are here, or Italian recipes here. Or find inspiration in our easy Autumn recipes here.


Gratineed Tomatoes with Cheese Recipe

Pomodori Gratinati | Tomatoes Gratineed with Cheese

6 large ripe plum tomatoes
3 Tblspns chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, chopped finely
10 or so mint leaves
10 or so basil leaves
1 Tblspn freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 Tblspn grated fresh pecorino cheese
1.5 Tblspn fine breadcrumbs
6 Tblspn cold pressed virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Wash and dry the tomatoes and halve them. With a teaspoon, gently scoop out the flesh and seeds without damaging the tomato shells. It may help to use a small knife to sever first, then scoop with the spoon.

Put the tomato shells into a baking dish cut side up, and season with salt and pepper.

Finely chop the tomato flesh and seeds and put into a bowl. Add the parsley, garlic, mint and basil. Stir in the grated cheeses and breadcrumbs. Mix well, and add half of the olive oil. Mix again.

Spoon the mixture into the tomato shells and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Bake in the hot oven for 25 – 35 minutes or until they are lightly golden and cooked.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Gratineed Tomatoes with Cheese Recipe




13 thoughts on “Pomodori Gratinati | Tomatoes Gratineed with Cheese”

  1. That is what I like best about this space- the simplicity. It shines thro’ in everything you do here. The writing, the stories, the pictures, the recipes…I like ’em all! 🙂

    You seem to be enjoying day 3(?) of your home vacation. 😀

    I am really enjoying my break, although I am finding that it takes some time to unwind. Simplicity, bring it on.

  2. oiling your cutting board? thats great! i’ve been meaning to do that… i love the photos – the tomatoes look delicious.

    I love oiling boards! I even oil boards at other people’s places. It makes them look fantastic, don’t you agree? As well as being very healthy for them. I just use olive oil. Do you clean them with a lemon too? The lemon acts as a mild bleach to take out any stains that might be on the board, from, you know, turmeric, beetroot, pomegranate.

    Thanks for your lovely comments about the photos, arundathi.

  3. thanks for the reminder to oil MY cutting board.

    there is absolutely nothing bad that can be said about those tomatoes. gorgeous!

    Thank you so much, Michelle. Hope you get just as much kick out of oiling your boards as I do!

  4. what a spectacular dish. the relinquishing of the desire for power does bring in wisdom and authority. it’s a very difficult thing to achieve – yet so simple when you think about it.

    Thanks, bee. yes, the simple things take a life time to achieve. For me, it is a continual journey.

  5. What, I wonder, does it mean that I’ve been reduced to tears by your thoughtful, elegant meditation?

    Increasingly, I come here to rustle among your pages for precisely that sense of un-trickery, of aliveness, in your words and your food.

    May your artist friend be blessed with the clarity to believe in the beauty of simplicity. Perhaps he should consider blogging!

    I know exactly how you feel, Lucy. Sometimes things move us greatly – there is a receptivity that means we were ready for that message or needed to receive it. I am so thankful for your comments.

    My dear artist friend needs to walk his own journey and I need to let him. Sigh.

  6. This is a great post and echoing what I feel too. Allowing people, life nature, food..just to simply be what and who they are and enjoying it all exactly for that reason. thanks for the reminder.

    Yes, we do need reminding some times, don’t we? My break from work is playing that role for me. Simplicity. So hard. We so layer on complexities when they are not needed. So silly – simplicity allows a lot of head space (and time) for the important things.

  7. this looks yummmmmmm!!!great as appetisers!!!

    Hi ranji, these are great as appetisers, or as lunch with a salad. I love them a lot.

  8. That looks delicious! I will try this sometime!

    Hi bea, glad you dropped by and you like the tomatoes. Hope you enjoy them when you make them.

  9. I love tomatoes – they truly are the food of the gods – and these look amazing! I can’t wait for ours to grow, I’ll be saving this recipe – thanks!!

    They sure are, Nicisme. Hope you enjoy making this.

  10. How long can you enjoy fancy food. A week? A month? Afterwards we are bound to come back to rustic goodness, a.k.a, mom’s cooking.

    I agree. Totally agree.

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