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An easy and seasonal side dish using cherry tomatoes and fresh basil, this Tomato and Basil Bake is the perfect late summer side dish.

Tomato and Basil Bake | www.tasteandtellblog.com

I know, I know. Labor Day is on Monday, and you are probably busy planning your menu for the last celebration of summer. And you stop in here and wonder – what? This isn’t a Labor Day recipe!

Well, I know this isn’t your typical “holiday at the beach” or “backyard bbq” side dish, but what better way to celebrate the end of summer than with the beautiful produce that the summer has to offer?

Back when I had a garden, one of my favorite things to do was to just go out to the Sweet 100 tomato plant and pop those babies in my mouth like candy. And they practically tasted like candy, sweet and juicy and just warm from the summer sun. Oh, how I miss those tomato plants. But thank goodness for the farmers market and local tomatoes – I can still enjoy the bounty of the season.

This side dish is almost so simple that a recipe isn’t totally required, but when it comes to side dishes, simplicity is the key in my book. This dish highlights the fresh tomatoes, and the little bit of basil (which was picked out of my backyard) makes this side dish sing.

So maybe it’s not the best Labor Day recipe, but it is the best end of summer recipe!!

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Tomato and Basil Bake
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An easy and seasonal side dish using cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Combine the tomatoes, garlic and olive oil in an 8-inch baking dish. Season with salt and pepper. Broil, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are softened, about 12 minutes.
  3. Combine the panko and the butter, then sprinkle over the tomatoes. Broil for 30 seconds, then sprinkle the basil over the top. Serve.

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25 Responses to Tomato and Basil Bake {Fridays with Rachael Ray}

  1. Tieghan says:

    This dish is stunning and in my mind it is the perfect Labor day recipe!! I love those sweet cherry and grape tomatoes. They are like summer candy!

  2. Aggie says:

    So beautiful!! Our summer doesn’t officially end for a while, I’m always in the mood for tomato recipes, this looks delicious!

  3. Love the simplicity to this. Yum!

  4. I love recipes like this. Things I can make either for one person or for a massive crowd. Such a soild base, all you need is a green salad and I am ready to eat!
    I can not wait for tomatoes to come in Australia

  5. These looks like the perfect summer recipe!

  6. This dish is so beautiful and summery, Deb! Perfect for those with an excess of tomatoes. I bet it would be delicious served over rice, pasta or crusty bread slices. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Chels R. says:

    Wow- this looks gorgeous! I cannot wait to make this!

  8. The panko bread crumbs make this look like a winner!

  9. Such a beautiful use for cherry tomatoes! This looks wonderful!!

  10. Joanne says:

    This is my kind of side dish! I am SO into tomatoes at the moment, especially when roasted!

  11. I’m drooling over this one. So simple but so flavorful! I can imagine this is a big hit!

  12. Ella says:

    This is so incredibly good. I made it this afternoon and ate the entire thing, the pig that I am. I could not help myself.

  13. Gissie says:

    Delicious ! Thank you

  14. The toasted breadcrumbs on top has me totally sold!

  15. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh goodness, I am loving the flavors in this bake 🙂 it is mouth watering!!

  16. Meg says:

    I know you have this posted as a side dish but I’m thinking it would be splendid over some eggs for breakfast! In fact, that’s what I’ll be doing! Thanks for posting a delicious recipe.

  17. Sheila says:

    What can I repla e the panko breadcrumbs with to make this dish gluten free?

  18. Sara says:

    Made this with dinner and we all loved it! If I could marry a food it would be broiled tomatoes. Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Allison Phelps says:

    I made this for my husband on our anniversary last weekend and we both loved it so much. Thank you for the recipe.

  20. Jen says:

    Will this dish still work well if it is cold ex. at a BBQ or something?

    • Deborah says:

      I haven’t tried it cold, so I’m not sure – I’m guessing it would be fine, though. Maybe not the same as when you have it warm, but it’s such a simple recipe that I’m betting it would be great warm or room temp!

  21. JoAnne says:

    Do you think it would work with very ripe beefsteak tomatoes, or would it make it more liquidy? Or what could I do to prevent that from happening?

    • Deborah says:

      I haven’t tried a different kind of tomato, but I’m guessing that it would work. I would maybe cut the tomato in half and remove the seeds, and then cut it into large chunks.

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