Baked Tomatoes with Herb Topping

baked_tomatoes_herb_topping-008-EditThis Italian inspired recipe is so simple and easy to prepare. Serve as a side vegetable dish with grilled meats, poultry or fish.

4 medium firm, ripe, Florida tomatoes
½ cup Italian parsley, finely chopped
½ cup basil, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 T. olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Remove the tops of the tomatoes, and scoop out seeds and pulp with a small spoon, cut off a slice from the bottom to prevent rolling and arrange tomatoes in a baking dish.

In a small bowl combine the parsley, basil, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir well and spoon 2 tablespoons into each tomato. Drizzle with olive oil. Top each tomato with 1 T. cheese.

Bake 20 minutes, or until soft. Serve at room temperature.

Serves 4

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