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Grilled tomatoes with cheese, prosciutto, and basil

Here’s a simple and quick summer meal. You’ll need:

  • fresh tomatoes
  • seasoning mix
  • fresh basil
  • cheese
  • prosciutto
  • oven tray
  • aluminum foil
  • broiler

For the tomatoes and basil, I enjoyed the bounty from my garden. Or shop your local fresh market.

Fresh tomatoes from my garden
Fresh tomatoes from my garden

 Wash the tomatoes, remove stem area and cut in half. Wash some fresh basil, pat dry, remove leaves from stem and chop them coarsely.

Wash some fresh basil
Wash some fresh basil (I used cinnamon basil)

Place tomato halves in a single layer on an oven broiler or cookie tray (lined with aluminum foil for easy clean-up). Lightly season as desired (I used Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning). Sprinkle with chopped basil leaves.

Halved tomatoes sprinkled with seasoning and chopped basil
Halved tomatoes sprinkled with seasoning and chopped basil

Slice some prosciutto very thinly and chop it into small pieces.

Thinly slice and chop some prosciutto
Thinly slice and chop some prosciutto

Place a piece of cheese on top of each tomato. (I used Emmentaler swiss cheese.) Then a bit of the chopped prosciutto on top of the cheese.

Top with cheese and prosciutto
Top with cheese and prosciutto

Place tray under heated broiler. Grill until cheese starts to turn golden and prosciutto crisps. This should go relatively quickly so that the topping is cooked, yet leaving the tomatoes still rather firm rather than mushy.

Grill under broiler
Grill under broiler

 

It’s smelling good, looks good …

Grilled tomatoes
Grilled tomatoes

… and tastes good, too. I guess you’ll just have to either trust me on that last part, or try this out for yourself. Enjoy!