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Serve Roasted Parmesan Tomatoes as a savory side dish or appetizer. Made with fresh red tomatoes and a few more simple ingredients.
The delicious taste reminds me of a pizza without the crust. Sooooo good!
According to Oxford Dictionaries, a tomato is a fruit. True fruits which include blueberries, raspberries and oranges are developed from the ovary in the base of the flower, and contain the seeds of the plant (though cultivated forms may be seedless).
Sliced red tomatoes sprinkled with shredded Parmesan cheese and seasonings are ready for the oven. This savory side dish cooks in a few minutes.
Perfect for any occasion. Pairs well with meat loaf, fried or baked chicken and salads.
Although any variety of tomatoes will work in this recipe, I prefer Roma. They’re firm, meaty… and not tart. Parmesan cheese (shredded or shaved) and dried oregano provide mouth watering flavor.
What is Parmesan cheese?
According to cheese.com, the Parmigiano Reggiano or Parmesan cheese as it is called in English, is on of the top cheeses favored by cheese connoisseurs.
For a cheese to be “legally” labeled and sold as Parmesan, PDO requires it to be produced from cows grazing on fresh grass and hay.
Imitation Parmigiano Reggiano is called Parmesan or Italian hard cheese by producers to avoid legal issues.
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is named after the provinces in which it is made: Provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna and Mantua.
True Parmesan cheese has a hard, gritty texture and a fruity-nutty taste. Imitation or inferior Parmesan cheeses tastes bitter.
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is often grated over pastas, sprinkled in soups and risottos.
Allergic to Parmesan cheese? Omit and enjoy the wonderful roasted taste of tomatoes.
Be sure to check out my Cucumber Tomato Salad.