Fried Cream Cheese Tomatoes

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How about another giveaway? Could you use a little extra something to do something nice for yourself? The kind folks at CSNStores.com are at it again, and will be sponsoring another giveaway for a $35 gift certificate, redeemable at any of their stores. You can find just about anything you need among their multiple stores; modern bedding, coffee tables, kitchenware...you name it.  Obviously their kitchenware gets the most of my attention.  If you'd like to enter, you can find the details of the giveaway at the end of this post, where you can leave a comment to enter.  Now for the recipe...

I picked up some giant tomatoes at the store the other day, already knowing what I had in mind for them.  These modest 'maters were destined to become a scrumptious concoction of herbs, cream cheese and fried goodness.  I present:  Fried Cream Cheese Tomatoes.


Fried Cream Cheese Tomatoes

4 large tomatoes
1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley (optional)
1 1/2 tsp minced fresh basil or 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
1 egg
1 Tbsp milk
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp olive oil

Slice each tomato into four thick slices.  Place on paper towels to absorb moisture.  In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, parsley, basil, garlic and salt until blended.  Spread the cream cheese mixture over eight tomato slices; top with the remaining tomato slices.

Place the flour and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls.  In another bowl, whisk the egg and milk.  Coat the top and bottom of each tomato sandwich with flour, dip in the egg mixture, then coat with the crumbs.
In a large skillet, heat the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat.  Fry the tomato sandwiches in batches for about 3-4 minutes each side, or until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels.  Serve immediately.

Yum.

(adapted from Taste of Home June 2009)



45 comments:

Meg said...

I want to enter :)

Wonderful giveaway!

Lisa said...

I want to enter. By the way, those tomatoes look awesome. What a way to take tomatoes to a whole new level.

wendyweekendgourmet said...

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Brie: Le Grand Fromage said...

wow, i bet those are delicious. great recipe!

Christine said...

I would like to enter for your giveaway. Your Chai Cream Pie was just delish! I plan to make the apple/oatmeal cookies this weekend. Brown butter icing is one of my favorites.

Belinda @zomppa said...

Geez! Fried cream cheese? Of course I follow! Got a question - how does CSN work that I always hear about them in the foodie world?

gringarl said...

that's a perfect looking tomato cheese sandwich

Monet said...

You know I would love to enter this giveaway! Thanks for hosting it! And thank you for sharing this deliciously creamy tomato recipe. These look like some tasty treats...they would be perfect appetizers or served alongside some grilled chicken. Thank you for sharing!

Spoon and Chopsticks said...

It's a very clever little recipe. Love the way it's done.

I don't qualify to enter the giveaway but I've been following your blog.

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A Feast for the Eyes said...

I am glad that I stumbled across your blog. It's lovely. I like your recipes and your artistic talent shows in your photos-- which are very well done. I hope that you update your posts via Facebook more often, as I don't want to miss a post! I'd say you're more than an "average cook". I am intrigued by your plum pizza... great layers of flavors going on there!

Carolyn said...

Always up for a gift card. AND cream cheese fried tomatoes are inspired, I must say!

Carolyn said...

I follow you now too!

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Great giveaway and I want to be in...

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Eileen said...

Those fried cream cheese tomatoes look delicious. I want to enter too!

Kate said...

We made those last summer and they are every bit as wonderful as your photo!!! I'd love to enter the contest -) Kate @kateiscooking

Chef Dennis said...

wow, that sounds so very very good!! I never would have thought of cream cheese, I bet the flavors are incredible.. frying them just pushed it over the top!!!

Heather said...

1) Those tomatoes look incredibly tasty--and not just because I'm really hungry right now. :)

2) I wanna enter!

boxergurl said...

I've been reading your blog for a few weeks, but I am officially a follower today! I'd love to enter.

Those tomatoes look soooo good.

Athena said...

I want to enter! Thanks! The tomatoes look delicious also!

Mackenzie @ The Caramel Cookie said...

OH my gosh! These look amazing!

I'd also like to enter your giveaway :).

dining tables said...

My mouth is drooling over the photos! I am so excited with this. Amazing. Thanks for the share.

Katie Mast said...

I already follow your blog and i just posted it on my facebook. so i would love to enter your contest. thanks for all the great recipes

Anonymous said...

I am anxious to try this recepi. It looks so good! You may enter me in the contest...would love that! Jewel Nolt- 717-738-0713

baking.serendipity said...

I never thought to do this with a tomato before...it looks delicious!

Cake Duchess said...

I love this combination. It looks delicious and I will try this soon! Thank you for sharing. I am happy I found your blog and am following now too:)

Chef Bee said...

These tomatoes are beautiful. Great idea.

Plan B

Christine M. said...

I definitely want to enter!
Also, I started following you on Twitter :)

scrambledhenfruit said...

Those tomatoes look great! I'd love to enter- thanks!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

The tomatoes look heavenly!

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Camala - CC Recipe said...

I am a cream cheese addict, I seriously am. I about hit the floor when I saw these, I have to give these a try, no doubt about it:) Thanks so much for sharing!

squirrelbread said...

These would be perfect for a brunch or even a tailgate party. And of course I'd like to enter!

Cheers,

*Heather*

Rachel said...

I want to enter

Rachel said...

I follow

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef said...

Yum!
Count me in for an entry!

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef said...

Oh, I also just became a follower on twitter and tweeted about this contest.

June said...

I'd like to enter as well!

Thanks for sharing your recipes! :)

Topher said...

i'd like to enter the giveaway! Thanks

I'm also a follower


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Claire said...

I'd like to enter the giveaway! Also, those tomatoes look delicious!
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Laura said...
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Laura said...

I would love to be entered! Thanks!

My birthday is October 17th... coincidence? :)

Sheila said...

Just found your blog, very interesting. I want to enter your contest.

Rickw46201 said...

Interesting recipes, always looking for new stuff, I am now a follower

theveggie said...

Yum! These look divine. I'm glad I found your blog. This is going on my To Do list!

The Hurtados said...

Yummy! I'd like to enter too!




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