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I was telling my friend Barb about the abundance of tomatoes in my garden. She said I have a great sandwich recipe using fresh tomatoes. I don't really enjoy eating tomatoes but she told me to try this recipe, she said it was really good. And she is right, it is really good. It's a nice quick lunch especially if you have tomatoes ripening faster than you know what to do with. I need more recipes using tomatoes.
  • 2 medium size tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium sweet green pepper, chopped
  • Butter or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 or 4 basil leaves, finely chopped
White Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices of toasted bread, I used rye bread
  1. Cut tomatoes in half and place in pan, add water.
  2. Sprinkle salt and pepper and chopped peppers on the tomato halves.
  3. Place dabs of butter or a dash of olive oil on top.
  4. Bake uncovered in a 325ยบ oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  5. While the tomatoes are baking prepare the sauce.
  6. Melt butter in saucepan, whisk in flour until it's a smooth paste.
  7. Add milk slowly stirring constantly until the sauce thickens. Cook another 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Place each baked tomato half on a toasted slice of bread and pour the sauce over it.
  9. Sprinkle chopped basil over top.
  10. Serves: 2 Can be adapted to serve as many as you wish.
  11. Note: you can add a few slices of hot peppers to the green peppers if you like a little heat.


  1. ooh, what a great idea... Looks delish!

  2. A great idea for lunch today. My tomatoes got blighted this year and so they must be used up fast. JB

  3. This is the same recipe that my mother in law uses, except she calls it Tomato Creole. It IS really good. I'll have to make it this wkd. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. You wanted more tomato recipes? Here is a fantastic Bruschetta recipe that comes from the kitchen of the Mennonite college where I work - it is REALLY delicious......

    Peach and Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta

    1 Red Pepper
    2 Peaches – peeled and diced
    1 Cup Tomatoes – diced and seeded
    1 Clove Garlic – minced
    1 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
    2 Tbsp. Chopped fresh basil
    Salt and fresh ground pepper
    1 baguette, sliced on the diagonal
    Roast the whole pepper on the grill or broiler, turning often, until well blackened. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. When cooled – remove skin, stem and seeds. Finely chop and put into bowl. Add peaches, tomatoes, garlic, vinegar and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Marinade for 30 minutes before serving or cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.
    Before serving, bring peach mixture to room temperature.
    Lightly toast baguette slices on both sides – spoon peach mixture on top of toasts and enjoy!

  5. Looks Good! Unfortunately I learned some time ago I am allergic to tomatoes :( But I remember my Mom used to fix something very similar to this that we all enjoyed & others may also. She would use the toasted bread, top with a couple of slices of fried bacon, a few spears of cooked asparagus & then sliced fresh tomatoes. Then she would top with a slice of cheddar cheese & place them under the broiler. I don't know that they ever had a name, but oh they where so good!

  6. Well I got all the ingredients except the bread but I'll try this on English muffins for this time. JB

  7. Thank you for sharing more yummy ways of using up those tomatoes that are spilling out of my garden:)
    I oven roasted a couple of pans of tomatoes today, have made salsa and canned whole tomatoes. There should be no shortage of tomato products in our household this winter!

  8. Only one neighbor had a successful tomato crop this year. Thankfully they shared some with us but that was the extent of our fresh tomatoes and we love them so much. I definitely would have given this a try. Somehow store tomatoes just don't make us very happy.

  9. oh this looks good. And I LOVE my tomatoes. Sadly here we did not get enough heat for my deer protected tomatoes to get larger than a dine.

  10. you're tomatoes are the best in the world! BACON TOMATO SANDWICHES!! YES. You shall now be known as the tomato-queen. Making me the tomato-princess. YES!

  11. oh and that pepper looks familiar...;)


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