Irresistible Baked Tomatoes with Mozzarella and Basil

In August, one of my favorite things to eat is a caprese salad – the simple combination of perfectly ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and vibrant basil leaves is just gorgeous. But, after the wonderful weather in July, we’ve got a period of cooler, rainy days, which call for something warm at dinner time. This led me to create this dish: Baked Tomatoes with Mozzarella and Basil. 

The baked tomatoes with mozzarella recipe is simply a baked version of a Caprese salad, with a few little extras to make it a bit more filling. It is quick and easy to make and would make a perfect side dish to meat, or for a light meal, you could just load up a slice of warm, crusty bread with some of these baked tomatoes to make a sort of deconstructed pizza. Or, to turn the Caprese salad on its head, you could serve this, warm, over a bed of spinach and basil leaves.

Easy baked tomato with mozzarella cheese recipe
Baked tomato and mozzarella

I added reduced creme fraiche for a creamier dish, along with some spinach leaves and grated cheese over the top – because who can resist golden, bubbly, melted cheese? I used cheddar because I happened to have it in the fridge, but if you wanted a truly Italian dish, substitute for parmesan.

There is little prep work to do, apart from a bit of slicing and heating the cream, and it only takes 15-20 mins in the oven, making this a great dish for a busy week. This is my tomatoes and mozzarella recipe. Enjoy!

Baked Tomatoes with Mozzarella and Basil

A harmonious blend of flavors and textures—a simple yet elegant Mediterranean-inspired treat.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 2
Calories 400 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 medium tomatoes ripe but firm
  • 1 ball of mozzarella
  • 1 handful torn spinach leaves
  • A few basil leaves
  • 150 ml creme fraiche
  • Cheddar or parmesan cheese to grate over the top
  • Oregano and black pepper to season.

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 200oC. Drizzle a little olive oil at the bottom of a gratin dish and cover with the torn spinach leaves.
  • Slice the tomatoes fairly thinly.
  • Layer tomatoes, torn pieces of mozzarella and basil leaves until all the tomatoes have been used up.
  • In a pan, heat the creme fraiche gently and stir until it reduces a little and is warmed through. Pour over the other ingredients in the dish.
  • Cover with grated hard cheese and sprinkle with some oregano and black pepper to season.
  • Bake for about 20 mins until the tomatoes are soft and the cheese is bubbling.
Keyword baking, healthy, homemade, vegetarian
Johanna Cleveland
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Kate

Hi, I'm Kate, the creator of Happy Baking Days. I'm a food lover, recipe creator, and kitchen explorer. I have amateur baking knowledge gained from years spent in the kitchen with my grandma and mum, where I graduated slowly from dusting work surfaces with flour and licking the spatula to the finer arts of pastry and meringue. Now in my own kitchen, I put all those years of training into practice, experimenting with recipes and ingredients from around the world. Join me as I share my culinary journey and favorite recipes that make cooking a delightful experience.

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