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Fried Red Tomatoes

Personally, I don't care for fried green tomatoes, unless we're talking about the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes". Here's a red fried tomatoes recipe I came up with.


  • 2 Plum tomatoes cut in half lengthwise
  • 6 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 tsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus 2 Tbsp. for frying
  • 4 heaping tsp. shredded Mozzarella or Parmesan cheese


Mix together the 5 tsp. of olive oil, basil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Spread mixture on cut side of each tomato half.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in small skillet over medium low heat. Place tomatoes, mixture side down, in the skillet and cover. Simmer for 3 minutes, turn over and sprinkle each half with 1 heaping tsp. of the cheese. Cover and simmer 2 more minutes.


Serve immediately but tasty at room temperature, too.

By Deeli

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October 14, 20090 found this helpful

This looks great. I'm going to try it with the tomatoes I just bought. Here's one that my grandma taught me:

sliced tomatoes (fairly thick slices)

Dredge in mixture of flour, salt and a little bit of black pepper. Also sprinkle with a tiny pinch of sugar on each side.

Cook in a little bit of oil in a frying pan till nicely browned on each side (the sugar helps with the browning and adds a great sweetness to them!)

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October 14, 20090 found this helpful

linguistmarcie, I am going to try your gramma's recipe, too! :-)

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October 15, 20090 found this helpful

Both of these two recipes sound great. I can almost taste the tomatoes and I think they would go good with some simple garlic and cheese bruchetta.

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