Scalloped Tomatoes

Wait, hear me out. I promise, these are good! 

We have tomatoes coming out of our ears here. After being gone for three days, we had a ton that needed to be picked. I spent part of the hour of Divine Mercy out there picking them with the help of Karol and Margaret. I have a million things I could do with them, bruschetta, salsa, spaghetti sauce, or canning. (all of which I plan on doing) However, tonight’s dinner was a pork loin, so I was looking for a nice side dish. After looking on line a bit and at a few cookbooks, I found a recipe for scalloped tomatoes. Yes I was afraid at first, but you know what? They are awesome. (I put my changes in italics)

 

No, really, these are good!

  • 1 large bag (22 to 24 ounces) whole green beans (I used a 12 oz bag of frozen french cut beans) 
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced (I used five roma tomatoes) 
  • 8 ounces shredded Mozzarella, fresh if possible
  • 2 tablespoons butter (I used olive oil, mainly because I didn’t read the recipe) 
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (I didn’t have any, so I used regular old fashioned whole milk) 
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1 cup buttered bread crumbs or slightly crumbled French fried onions (For this I used some Club Crackers I had) 

Preparation:

Butter an 11×7-inch baking dish. Heat oven to 375°.Cook the green beans in a small amount of water until just tender. Drain and arrange in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the diced tomatoes and shredded cheese. Set aside.In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add onion and saute until tender. Stir in flour until well blended. Add the salt, pepper, cream, and sour cream. Heat through, stirring constantly. Spread the cream mixture over the green beans then sprinkle the bread crumbs or French fried onions over all. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until browned and bubbly.
Serves 6.

 

Now let me tell you, Joshua said it looked good when he saw the finished project sitting on the stove when he got home. He was a bit concerned when he heard what was hidden under the white sauce and cracker crumbs. (to be honest, so was I). When we sat down to dinner a bit later,  and dug in, we fell in luv. Who knew this combo would be that good?

 

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