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This is a great recipe for this time of year if you're craving the taste of a juicy tomato.  Tomato season is right around the corner but we're still lacking those amazing vine-ripened beauties.  This recipe can help bridge the gap.  Be sure to choose your favorite fresh herbs and cheeses.  Change it up, have fun with it...it's not rocket science, remember?

Quick Tomatoes Provençale

Serves 8

¼ cup fruity olive oil

8 medium firm ripe tomatoes, cored and halve

½ cup bread crumbs

2 tbsp fresh minced herbs

3 tbsp freshly grated Gruyere or other buttery, semi-hard cheese

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400°.

Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat.  Add tomatoes, cut side down and cook until they become caramelized.  Remove to a baking dish, cut side up and drizzle cooking juices over the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper.

Combine the bread crumbs, minced herbs and cheese in a small bowl.  Moisten with the remaining oil and sprinkle over the tops of the tomatoes. 

Bake tomatoes until the tops are browned about 20 minutes.  Serve hot, warm or room temperature.

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