Recipe by Kiwiwife
This is one of my beloved family recipes. My Grandmom Toe and Grandfather Don lived outside of Meadville PA. Her family had a restaurant in the 30's and I believe that is where this came from. You can take the pulp of the tomatoes and make a casserole with it and extra cracker mixture if you want. This was my Grandfather's favorite. They are just as good re-heated and it's one of those things that I have to keep eating until it's gone! YUM!
Top Review by Buzymomof3
Very tasty - just a bit bland, maybe I didn't have quite enough cheese (only made 2 so played with the amounts). Next time I'll try a bit of garlic powder dusted inside before adding the filling. Mine were also done in 30 minutes.
- 7 medium tomatoes
- 80 saltine crackers (two sleeves)
- 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (DON'T sub low fat for this recipe, it's too dry)
- 4 tablespoons butter
Directions See How It's Made
- Cut tops off of tomatoes and scoop out pulp leaving shell.
- If you want to save the pulp, put it in a casserole dish at this point.
- Crush saltine crackers (I just do it carefully right in the unopened sleeve) to say pea size, put in bowl.
- Grate the cheese into the bowl, turning with your hands every few minutes so the cheese doesn't stick together and gets mixed in nicely with crackers.
- Carefully but firmly stuff tomatoes with mixture.
- Dot each tomato with a pat of butter.
- Bake 1 hour or until tomatoes are soft.
- If making the casserole cut tomato count to six and use extra crumbs on pulp.