Baked green tomatoes at the Yumblog Cafe

Despite your average British tomato being a Dutch grown, prematurely picked, under-ripe, woolly, anaemic, flavourless, blemish-free and over-chilled orb of disappointment, it’s still hard to get a genuine green tomato in this country… unless of course you live in Yorkshire and grow your own, in which case they’ll ALL be green from lack of sunlight. So when I found a bag of (I assume intentionally) green tomatoes on our local veg stall, I couldn’t resist. As we tend to eschew the deep fat frier, we decided upon the baked rather than the more traditional fried offering.

And very tasty it was too.

Baked Green Tomatoes

Baked green tomatoes

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
Serves: 2 people
Skill level: Easy


  • 8 green tomatoes – cut into 15mm slices
  • Parmesan cheese – grated – 50g
  • fresh breadcrumbs – 90g
  • butter – a little
  • fresh thyme – leaves – to taste
  • Tabasco sauce – dash – to taste
  • s & p

Baked Green Tomatoes

Heat oven to 175°C/Gas Mark 4

Cut the tomatoes into 15mm slices and toss together with a dash of Tabasco sauce.

Mix the Parmesan, breadcrumbs, thyme, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Place half the tomato slices in the bottom of an oven-proof dish.

Baked Green Tomatoes

Sprinkle over half the breadcrumb mixture and dot with a little butter.

Layer with the other half of the tomato slices and top with the remaining breadcrumb mixture. Dot with a little more butter.

Baked Green Tomatoes

Bake uncovered for 50 minutes.

Baked Green Tomatoes

Verdict: A revelation. Never had green tomatoes before, fried, baked or otherwise. Slightly tart and firm like baked apple with a nice cheesy crunch from the topping. Unusual and excellent.

Drink: In keeping with the entertainment, it should have been neat Scotch* from a filing cabinet.

Entertainment: Gorged on the entire first series of ‘Prime Suspect‘. Cracking good drama packed full of smoking blokes wearing beige … the blokiest of all being the sinister, charismatic and ever dependable Tom Bell. Shame ‘Out’ is not readily available on DVD.

tom bell

*’Bells’ obviously.

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