Crusty Broiled Tomatoes

In the South, we love to let our fresh, seasonal produce shine, and this simple dish spotlights a favorite Southern ingredient: the tomato. From Tomato Pie to Tomato Sandwiches, there are countless ways that Southerners serve this fresh fruit in the hotter months, but we may have just found a new favorite recipe. With a crispy, cheesy breadcrumb crust, these Broiled Tomatoes are a beautiful way to show off seasonal tomatoes.With only a few added ingredients, this recipe lets the fresh tomatoes shine as the main component of the dish, their natural flavors complemented by a brush of Dijon mustard and a crust of cheese and breadcrumbs. The tomatoes are broiled just enough to brown the crust, while still maintaining their solid form and juicy bite. To enhance this simple crust and add an extra pop of flavor, feel free to toss the breadcrumb mixture with finely chopped basil or your favorite seasonal herbs. These tomatoes are so versatile, they can be served as petite hors d'oeuvres, an elegant appetizer, or a fresh side dish. You'll be making these Crusty Broiled Tomatoes all season long.

Crusty Broiled Tomatoes
Photo: Southern Living
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
17 mins
8 servings


  • 4 medium tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1 cup soft, fresh breadcrumbs

  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat broiler with oven rack 5 1/2 inches from heat. Cut tomatoes in half. Spread cut sides with mustard; sprinkle with salt, black pepper, and red pepper.

  2. Place tomato halves on baking sheet. Combine butter, breadcrumbs, and cheese. Spoon crumb mixture on top of each tomato half.

  3. Broil 2 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown and tomatoes are thoroughly heated.

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