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Scalloped Tomatoes Recipe

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Scalloped Tomatoes are a classic southern dish. I remember my grandmother making this when I was a child. It is known by other names that include stewed tomatoes, breaded tomatoes and tomato pudding with recipes that vary a little between each version.

Basically they’re pretty much the same concept of a tomato and bread casserole dish. The recipe is known to date back as far as the 1820’s.

I am not an expert on the matter of how this dish came to be, but I would assume it came out of making the most of what you had and not being wasteful with food by using up old bread and a making use of a bountiful tomato harvest.

My grandmother had no set recipe and would use old bread or biscuits that were on hand to make her recipe.

I remember growing up that everyone had a vegetable garden during the season. Of course grocery stores weren’t the super sized markets they are today. The earliest grocery stores that I remember were no bigger than today’s convenience stores so people still grew some of the food they ate.

Canned tomatoes, store bought or homemade, are perfectly acceptable to use in this dish if fresh local tomatoes are not in season.

As I mentioned above, there are variations of this dish, as there are with all recipes. I’ve seen a lot of recipes that include sugar although I don’t find it necessary. I am by no means contradicting how your grandmother or mother may have made it. We all know they are the best cooks.

My version, in my opinion, tastes like what I remember as a child – with no sugar added.

So, here’s how I make it…………

Ingredients

Tomato and Bread Pudding

  • 2 28 oz Cans Diced Tomatoes ? (or 6 c Diced Fresh Tomatoes) 
  • 14 oz Brioche Loaf, cut into cubes (8-10 cups)
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 c Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
Cubed Brioche Bread
 

Preheat oven to 350℉

Add diced tomatoes to a mixing bowl along with beaten eggs, salt, pepper and onion powder. Stir to combine.

Add in 3/4 of the Parmesan cheese and bread cubes, reserving a handful of the bread cubes for topping. Stir to combine.

Pour mixture into a baking dish.

Top with remaining bread cubes and Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Old Fashioned Baked Tomatoes

Old Fashioned Scalloped Tomatoes

Baked Breaded Tomatoes

 
Yield: 1 Casserole

Scalloped Tomatoes

Scalloped Tomatoes

A comforting old fashioned recipe of scalloped tomatoes, a baked tomato and bread pudding

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 28 oz Cans Diced Tomatoes (or 6 c Diced Fresh Tomatoes) 
  • 14 oz Brioche Loaf, cut into cubes (8-10 cups)
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 c Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉
  2. Add diced tomatoes to a mixing bowl along with beaten eggs, salt, pepper and onion powder. Stir to combine.
  3. Add in 3/4 of the Parmesan cheese and bread cubes, reserving a handful of the bread cubes for topping. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour mixture into a baking dish.
  5. Top with remaining bread cubes and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 602mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 9g
 
 
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Captain Pete

Thursday 8th of October 2020

Growing up in New England one grandfather a fisherman one a dairy farmer there was plenty of food but not a lot of variety we had tomato dishes like this every day when the garden harvest was ready often we went to the river and collected scallops or flounders to add into the casserole. Then after all the canning was done we ate stewed tom seems every day with all the fish the winter brought us. We did not know we didn't have much money until after church on Sundays we were not allowed shakes because that was an extra $.37 a kid

Julia Jordan

Thursday 8th of October 2020

Thank you for sharing your story. I think folks did a much better job of getting by back then and good life lessons were learned.

Cathy Fenter

Wednesday 28th of March 2018

Love the recipe! But also love the dinner plate, where can I find?

Julia Jordan

Wednesday 28th of March 2018

Cathy, Thank you. That plate was from the Pioneer Woman collection a few years ago. I'm not sure if it's still available but you can check at Wal Mart :)

butterbasilandbreadcrumbs

Saturday 12th of August 2017

This looks fabulous! I think I agree that no sugar is necessary, as tomatoes take on that natural sweetness when cooked. I can honestly taste this just by looking at your gorgeous photos! Recipe is all printed and ready to go! ❤️

Julia

Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

Thank you :)

Miz Helen

Tuesday 11th of April 2017

When my garden tomatoes are ready I need to make some scalloped tomatoes, this sounds really good. Thanks so much for sharing your delicious recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday!Miz Helen

Alison's Allspice

Friday 7th of April 2017

I have never heard of scalloped tomatoes, this looks delicious! Pinning for later, Thanks!

Julia's Simply Southern

Saturday 8th of April 2017

I hope you enjoy it Alison!