Barefoot Contessa's Provencal Tomatoes

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Juenessa

From Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookbook. Ina says this recipe was inspired by Julia Child. Note: Do not use packaged bread crumbs; you must use fresh bread crumbs!

Top Review by Reggies Mom

I found these a little dry. I think adding some cheese and maybe some oil to the stuffing mixture before cooking might moisten things up. They were just OK for me...

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut the cores from the tomatoes, removing as little as possible.
  3. Cut them in half crosswise and, with your fingers, remove the seeds and juice.
  4. Place the tomato halves in a baking dish.
  5. In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs, scallions, basil, parsley, garlic, thyme, and 1 teaspoon salt.
  6. Sprinkle the tomato halves generously with salt and pepper.
  7. With your hands, fill the cavities and cover the tops of the tomatoes with the bread crumb mixture.
  8. Bake the tomatoes for 15 minutes, or until they're tender.
  9. Sprinkle with the cheese, drizzle with olive oil, and bake for 30 seconds more.
  10. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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