Baked Heirloom Tomatoes with Creamy Pesto Sauce

I can’t stop looking at the pictures I took of these tomatoes. Can’t stop. Won’t stop. I love them.

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Rest assured these tomatoes will show up elsewhere. The reason they’re so good is 2-fold:

1) I got a new camera, a Canon Rebel T5 and I’m weirdly obsessed with it. Maybe because it takes sexy pictures of heirloom tomatoes.

2) I’ve been trying to research food photography tips since I am less than a novice at this. I just did a quick Pinterest search on “food photography tips” and found some amazing posts from The Simple Sweet Life, Army Wife to Suburban Life, and B. Britnell

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Just look at those spices. LOOK AT THEM. But I digress, you’re probably ready for this delicious recipe so here we go…

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JK had to sneak that photo in.

Baked Heirloom Tomatoes with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Prep time: 20 minutes  |  Cook time: 25 – 30 minutes  |  Serves: 6-8 (as an appetizer)

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 2-3 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced about 1/3” thick
  • Unsweetened, plain almond milk (about a cup, maybe a bit more if you get low)
  • 2-3 Tbsp. of your favorite pesto
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • Fresh parsley for garnish, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 ° F.

Stir together the first 7 ingredients and place in a large bowl or on a plate. Place almond milk in another bowl. Dip tomatoes in the milk and then in the breading mixture, making sure to thoroughly coat.

Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray and place tomatoes in an even layer so they are not touching. Spritz each tomato with a bit more cooking spray. This will help them crisp up in the oven! Bake for 15 minutes, flip tomatoes, then bake for about 10-15  more minutes or until they begin to turn golden brown.

Meanwhile, mix together the Greek yogurt and pesto in a small bowl. Serve tomatoes warm with creamy pesto sauce and enjoy!

Serving suggestions:

These also make a great, crispy sandwich. See my “Baked Heirloom Tomato Sandwich” recipe. COMING SOON!

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