Heirloom Parmesan Tomatoes

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The best way to enjoy height of the season tomatoes is also the simplest...Heirloom Parmesan Tomatoes are ready in 10 minutes, and they go with everything! * theviewfromgreatisland.com

The most delicious way to enjoy height of the season tomatoes is also the easiest…Heirloom Parmesan Tomatoes are ready in 10 minutes, and they go with everything. Just a few simple ingredients turn ripe summer tomatoes into the best side dish ever!

Minimal Monday: Heirloom Parmesan Tomatoes | theviewfromgreatisland.com

This is the side dish of the summer — it’s fresh, sweet, juicy, and so quick to make. It’s a classic that can’t be improved upon… the flavors of the ripe tomatoes combined with melted and browned cheese is simply the best.

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All you have to do is slice your best tomatoes into chunky 1/ 2 inch slices. You’ll probably only get 2 or 3 slices per tomato. Use those ends, too! Line them up on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Drizzle them with some good olive oil, and sprinkle generously with grated Italian cheese. Parmesan is traditional, but you can use a mix if you like, too. Then under the broiler they go for just a few minutes, you’ll need to stay close by to keep watch. The cheese will get bubbly and browned in no time, and the tomatoes will get just enough heat to bring out their juices and enhance their flavors.

Minimal Monday: Heirloom Tomatoes Parmesan | theviewfromgreatisland.com

I serve them with a shower of fresh basil leaves, but you can use any fresh herb — parsley or thyme would be nice, even a bit of dried thyme or oregano will work. Serve them right away while they’re nice and hot. They go great with all your favorite family meals.

Minimal Monday: Heirloom Tomatoes Parmesan | theviewfromgreatisland.com

What I love about these Heirloom Parmesan Tomatoes is the contrast of flavors and textures, and the fact that the tomatoes  get hot but not mushy. I think your whole family is going to love them too.

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Heirloom Parmesan Tomatoes

The most delicious way to enjoy height of the season tomatoes is also the easiest...Heirloom Parmesan Tomatoes are ready in 10 minutes, and they go with everything. Just a few simple ingredients turn ripe summer tomatoes into the best side dish ever!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 tomato per person
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • grated Parmesan or an Italian mix cheese
  • fresh basil or thyme leaves for garnish


  • Slice each tomato into 1/2 inch slices. You can use the ends, too. Lay them out on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and pepper, and then lightly drizzle them with olive oil.
  • Top each tomato with a generous portion of grated cheese.
  • Slide the pan under the broiler with the rack on the highest setting and watch carelully, the cheese will turn browned and bubbly very quickly.
  • Serve the tomatoes immediately, with a sprinkle of fresh or dried herbs.
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  • You can use medium or large tomatoes for this. Select firm, colorful examples for the best flavor and prettiest presentation.
  • I find that while true Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese has amazing flavor, it’s not always the best choice for melting. I chose to use a pre-shredded Italian blend (Sargento), which had good flavor and melts nicely into a bubbly browned topping.
  • I like to use a large serrated knife to cut ripe tomatoes.



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    August 16, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Love your photos and suggestions for my heirloom tomatoes, but I was surprised to read that you use pre-shredded cheese. Are you aware that it had cellulose in it? Probably safe to eat, but, ew! Not something my Italian grandmother would approve of. (o:

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      August 16, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      I know a lot of people don’t like to buy or use it, I do buy it on occasion, and shred my own about half the time. I love the new Tillamook line of Farmhouse Shreds, have you seen those?

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    February 8, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    I’ll make this with a little truffle salt! ?

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      February 9, 2017 at 7:19 am

      LOVE that idea 🙂

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    July 25, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Gorgeous, I could live on these tomatoes (with your dulce de leche ice cream for dessert!).

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    Chris Scheuer
    July 22, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Heirloom tomatoes are just magical and I know these are beyond delicious. I love that you’ve kept them so simple to allow their flavor and beauty to shine!

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    July 21, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Simply delicious and yummy mouth watering !!!

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    July 21, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    There is nothing like the taste of summer tomatoes, love the addition of the cheese. Beautiful pics Sue.

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    July 21, 2016 at 6:27 am

    A great recipe to bring out the natural flavour of the heirloom tomatoes.

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    July 21, 2016 at 6:19 am

    I’m going to the farmer’s market this afternoon, so I’m super glad I saw this post this morning! Your tomatoes look gorgeous and with the Parm & basil – yum! I would eat this for breakfast!

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      July 21, 2016 at 6:39 am

      I could too Amy — thanks!

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    Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    July 21, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Those are the prettiest tomatoes I’ve ever seen! Every time I get gorgeous tomatoes- I’m torn between sprinkling Parmesan on them or just a little salt.. But I never thought about melting the cheese! Yummmmm

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    Lisa @garlicandzest.com
    July 21, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Those tomatoes are glorious! Beautiful pictures and the melty cheese just calls to me!

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    July 21, 2016 at 4:56 am

    With your beautiful photos you are making me crave for this dish!! Looks delicious!!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    July 20, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I just called my husband in here to look at these photos! The pictures and the tomatoes are wonderful. I don’t say this often but the truth is, I could do a face plant in this dish. Wow, just wow! I adore tomatoes and you transformed them with just a little effort – thank you!

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    July 20, 2016 at 11:29 am

    WHERE did you get those beautiful tomatoes??? They must be home grown!

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      July 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Auntiepatch I got mine at the farmers market, and I sometimes find them at my better supermarkets — I could stare at them all day!

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    Just Jo
    July 20, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Is there any vegetable more beautiful than an heirloom tomato? I think not. With cheese and basil these must be other-worldly good in my book! Definitely one to try 😀

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    July 20, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Love the color on the tomatoes. So refreshing.

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    July 20, 2016 at 9:44 am

    These tomatoes look absolutely GORGEOUS! I love how simple and tasty your recipe is. Saving it for later!

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    Debi at Life Currents
    July 20, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I adore everything about this! I have tomatoes growing right now, and this will be a great way to use them. Of cousre, I might add a slice of fresh mozzarella to this as well! Yum!

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      July 20, 2016 at 9:39 am

      I’m so jealous of anyone who grows tomatoes, what a luxury 🙂

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    July 20, 2016 at 8:43 am

    It’s really difficult to find heirloom tomatoes here in the UK, but I found some the other day and I am going to have to make these with them.

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      July 20, 2016 at 9:11 am

      I’ve heard that before, Dannii, I’m guessing they will become more and more available to you in the coming years. They’re exploding here in the states!

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    July 20, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Simple, easy, and SO satisfying. Perfect summer fare. Thanks!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    July 20, 2016 at 6:27 am

    So wonderful! I don’t even need cheese to enjoy those gorgeous tomatoes as they are already GREAT enough.

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    July 20, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Lovely! I agree, that simple is the definitely the way to go when you have tomatoes as lovely as that 🙂

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