Provencal Tomatoes

Provencal Tomatoes are a simple yet elegant way to highlight a harvest of sweet, summer tomatoes.

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Wow, it’s August! Already??? I’m so not ready for summer to end. There’s so much left for the kids and I to do! We want more beach days, pool parties, sleepovers, Mommy sleeping in (’til 7:30, mind you) and of course, summer produce! Fresh berries, peaches, corn and tomatoes are at their peak in the summer. If you buy them any other time of the year, you are getting boring bland versions of their true selves. And this year, we’ve been blessed with a crop of great tomatoes from our backyard garden.

Due to our first successful year of gardening, my husband, as I mentioned in the previous post, has become rather zealous over the veggie garden. Every Saturday morning, he takes his coffee outside and inspects the garden and to find anything he might have missed during his daily inspections when he comes home from work. The walk around it only takes about 20 seconds – it’s not huge. But, he tells me, there’s something very satisfying about seeing fresh fruits and vegetables growing in your yard.

He loves the smell of the tomato plant. He picks off yellow leaves. He removes any critters lurking in the branches. He picks small berries and offers them to the kids. He just stands there and stares at it, almost in a meditative state.

“I’m going to bring it out another foot, Laura, over here,” he informs me yesterday during his weekly inspection.

Another foot is all we can expand it, so I concur happily.

“Do you really need this much oregano?” he asks seriously.

No, we can pull it out and put it in a pot, I reply. This is now PRIME real estate.

And on and on…

Last week I happily used some of our home grown tomatoes and my fresh thyme to make these Provencal Tomatoes. Topped with panko, parmesan and olive oil. It was simple. It was delicious. I was in MY happy place.

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I love my tomatoes.

I love my garden.

I love summer.

Please, can it last a little bit longer?

Provencal Tomatoes

A simple way to enjoy a juicy, sweet tomato. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 4 tomatoes, large
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 TBS thyme, fresh


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Cut in half cross-wise:
    • 4 tomatoes , large
  3. Place tomatoes on a baking sheet, cut side up.
  4. Season tomatoes with:
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
  5. In a small bowl mash together and combine with a fork:
    • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
    • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
    • 2 garlic cloves , crushed
    • 2 TBS thyme, fresh
  6. Press topping evenly along the tops of the tomatoes, about 2 TBS per tomato.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until tops are lightly browned.
  8. Serve hot or at room temperature.


Serving Suggestions: Great as an appetizer or a side dish.

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Yield: 8 servings

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11 Responses to Provencal Tomatoes

  1. beautiful post we too love the beautiful feeling of picking some vegetables from the garden even if it is a few 🙂 happy for you
    lovely pictures

  2. Gorgeous looking tomatoes! I'm all about the tomatoes at the moment. Tomatoes & basil is summer to me. Love the panko idea too, more crispy!!

  3. Ann at #

    My husband and I are putting in a garden next year and I know he'll be the same…he's already started. I can't wait to enjoy the same satisfaction you two do in your garden. I suspect there's nothing better.

  4. Kim Bee at #

    Such a lovely post. I am so jealous. Our last house had a huge garden we spent years perfecting. We haven't done one here yet as the light is a challenge even though the yard is massive. The pics are beautiful.

  5. Oh, you are so lucky to have a garden. Hong Kong has a lack of space, so I do not have it here. Back in India, yes, I used to have a small one!
    Gorgeous tomatoes indeed! Loved reading the post and going through those beautiful pictures!!

  6. spontaneous-euphoria at #

    gorgeous! super delicious! I love the colours and photographs!

  7. Veronica Gantley at #

    With tomatoes so bountiful, what a great way to enjoy them. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Donald Short at #

    Those tomatoes are wonderful! great harvest! you groomed them properly. I'm also giving away information on growing tomatoes to help people in gardening on my site. God bless!

  9. What fantastic looking garden veggies…wish I had more room for vegetables in my garden.
    Your Provencal tomatoes look fantastic!

  10. LOVEEEE the photos….beautiful summer dish:)

  11. these look simply AWESOME.

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