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Grilled Heirloom Tomatoes with Parmesan and Garlic Topping

Grilled Heirloom Tomatoes with Parmesan and Garlic Topping

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Jerri Green serves up some grilled heirloom tomatoes with a lovely parmesan and garlic topping.
By Jerri Green

a great vegetarian appetizer from your grill

The end of summer is nearing. No more swim diapers or splash parks for my family. Sad, I know. Even sadder, in my opinion, we are coming to the end of summer foods. Before we know it there will be no more juicy cantaloupe chins or strawberry stained shirts. And then there is tomatoes. Thanks to my garden and my CSA, we have enjoyed so many varieties of tomatoes in so many ways this years. Well…I say we…I mean me and the kids. Not so much the carnivore. But the beauty of how our family makes meals work is that I still get to enjoy summer’s finest fruit while he enjoys his favorite foods, i.e. any meat on the grill. What can I say? That man loves to grill. Take this recipe, for example. While he heated up a steak over an open flame, he also helped me cook these grilled tomatoes. I found the idea on a great blog called Proud Italian Cook. I wasn’t too exact with the recipe, but you get the idea.

Grilled Heirloom Tomatoes with Parmesan and Garlic Topping
 
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Grilled heirloom tomatoes with parmesan and garlic topping
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Recipe Type: appetizer, vegetarian main
Serves: 2-6
Ingredients
  • Several small tomatoes (I used romas and mr. stripeys), halved
  • ½ cup or so of grated parmesan cheese
  • enough olive oil to coat the cheese
  • freshly chopped herbs (I used basil and oregano)
  • a dash or two of garlic powder
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. Start by cutting the tomatoes in half and then mixing together all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Spray your grill.
  3. Then over a low heat place the tomatoes cut side down on the grill for about three minutes.
  4. Turn the tomatoes over and top with the cheese mixture.
  5. Grill for another two to three minutes.
  6. Serve warm.
These grilled guys would make a great side dish at your next cookout. I had these as my main dish along side creamy pasta and sauteed zucchini. Like I said before, the carnivore had a steak with the same sides. Summer may be fading, but the taste of these sweet grilled tomatoes will linger in my memory for months to come.
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