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Broiled Tomatoes with Fresh Basil

Broiled Tomatoes with Fresh Basil

Don’t you love fresh herbs? Now that I am growing my own, I try to use them as often as I can and fresh basil shines in this recipe!

Be sure to use a large beefsteak tomato for this recipe. It just won’t turn out the same with another, smaller variety!

The song “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” (this version sung by Mel Torme) recounts a couple quarreling about the different ways they pronounce words, including “tomato” verses “tomahto.” Regardless of how you say tomato, the recipe comes out great every time!

Broiled Tomatoes with Fresh Basil


  • 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced into quarter-inch slices
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 9 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, divided
  • 2 to 3 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced very thinly OR havarti dill cheese
  • 25 to 35 leaves fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Line jelly roll baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray.
  2. Slice tomato into ¼-inch slices
  3. Place tomato slices on foil.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over each slice, spreading oil to edges with the back of a spoon.
  5. Sprinkle salt over each slice.
  6. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons Parmesan spread over all the slices.
  7. Crisscross slices of mozzarella over each slice.
  8. Lay 4-5 basil leaves over the mozzarella.
  9. Grind fresh black pepper over basil.
  10. Sprinkle remaining 6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese on top.
  11. Broil for 3-4 minutes or until Parmesan cheese is golden and slightly melted together.
  12. Serve immediately.

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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

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