Tomato Basil Gooey Cheese Side Dish

Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 3 mins

This is the worlds simplest appetizer. I'm posting this for ZWT 2006. I have been making this for years. Not company fare as it is rather messy but oh so good for family. It can also be made in a heat proof bowl or SMALL baking dish in a 350 degree oven if browned cheese is important to you. I personally just want to get to eating this as quickly as possible and love just having it for a light dinner for myself. This makes one serving but is easily increased.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the tomato on a microwave safe plate and drizzle with the olive oil; use the best olive oil you can as this is for flavor.
  2. Salt the tomato to personal taste, then scatter the Basil and Cheese over the top.
  3. Heat on high in the microwave until the cheese is melted and bubbly (watch carefully so you don't get that yucky microwaved hard cheese) and the tomato has softened.
Most Helpful

So quick---So simple---And so good!! I could eat this every day! Added a little garlic salt (and probably a little more cheese too!). Thanks for posting!

mailbelle July 18, 2008

I just made this last night and decided to put it in the oven rather than the microwave - it tasted so good!!! Even my boyfriend loved it, it was excellent, thanks for the recipe!

olivepig January 29, 2007

This was fantastic! A simple easy side dish and a great way to use up Summer tomatoes! We loved this and will make this often.

Little Bee July 07, 2006