Crusty Broiled Tomatoes – Southern Living Heirloom Recipe Cookbook

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Y’all know how I feel about the importance of preserving recipes from those that have come before us, right?   Well, what happens if your parents and grandparents weren’t great cooks?  The folks at Southern Living and Oxmoor House have you covered.  Their new cookbook, Southern Living Heirloom Recipe Cookbook: The Food We Love from the Times We Treasure, is filled with time honored recipes that could have come from any family. The “Memorable Mains” chapter is full of centerpiece dishes passed down and loved by generations of Southerners: have your chicken Dixie Fried or Barbequed, Kiev or A La King, or whip up Shrimp Destin or Crispy Fried Catfish. A bunch of one-dish favorites for family dinners and potlucks are featured in “Covered Dish Classics” like Cheesy Chicken Tetrazzini, Shepherd’s Pie, Crab Imperial, and of course no cookbook of Southern classics is complete without a foolproof recipe for Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings topped with chopped hard-boiled egg and parsley.


I especially love the”Larder” chapter at the end that is all about pickles, jams, jellies, and preserving the bounty of the Southern garden.  If you have a passion for Southern food, this is a great book to add to your collection.  It really is filled with a host of classic Southern recipes and old-fashioned treats.


Y’all know how good the Folks at Oxmoor House are to us, right?  Well, they’re going to give one lucky Southern Bite reader the chance to win a copy.  Scroll below this recipe for these delicious Crusty Broiled Tomatoes from the book for entry details.

Crusty Broiled Tomatoes – Southern Living Heirloom Recipe Cookbook
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Serves: 8 servings
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup soft, fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat broiler with oven rack 51⁄2 inches from heat. Cut tomatoes in half. Spread cut sides with mustard; sprinkle with salt, black pepper, and red pepper.
  2. Place tomato halves on oven rack. Combine butter, breadcrumbs, and cheese. Spoon crumb mixture on top of each tomato half.
  3. Broil 2 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown and tomatoes are thoroughly heated.
To boost flavor, toss breadcrumbs with finely chopped fresh basil or your favorite fresh herb.

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  1. Those tomatoes look amazing! We have a homemade lasagna recipe and a chicken tetrazzini recipe that has been passed down. They are 2 of my favorite recipes!

  2. Holy yum these look delicious!

  3. I come from a long line of good cooks, so I have a lot of favorites to choose from. My Baldwin County granddaddy’s gumbo comes to mind, as does my grandmother’s baked banana pudding with meringue. My other grandmother baked a mean strawberry cake that I still miss today, and my husband’s grandmother was known for her creamed corn and field peas, straight out of the garden.

  4. Susan_in_LA says:

    My grandmother’s sour cream sugar cookies are my favorite. My grandmother would bake and decorate a batch of these cookies for each of her children’s families every year as part of their Christmas present.

  5. My favorite passed down recipe is my moms tomato and rice soup, which she got from her grandmother. Yummy!

  6. Yumm-oh-la!!! Love that you did a tomato recipe, they are starting to come in here in western NC. Stacey I love your blog. Great recipes with easy to follow directions and ingredients. Our favorite heirloom recipe would be my grandmothers Corny Cornbread. The moistest inside with a crusty outside from an iron skillet….divine .

  7. I guess the my favorite recipe pass down on my husband’s side of the family is his mother’s fried pies. Yummy.

  8. Carrie G. says:

    My grandparents made lefse, a common good in Norway – which is where my grandpa was from. I have very fond memories of helping them make it . . . And eating it! I now enjoy making it with my own daughter. I’d love to win a copy of the Southern Living cookbook!!!

  9. My favorite family recipes are Tea cakes and buttermilk biscuits.

  10. Beans and biscuits were my favorite…….yum!

  11. Karen Warren says:

    It is a simple thing, but my favorite recipe from my Dad was macaroni and tomatoes with a little butter. Yum

    • Marsha Acton says:

      What would be a fabulous left over would be hollowed out tomatoes filled with left over macaroni and cheese topped with little bread crumbs with Parmesan cheese. Even a few cooked bacon crumbles Heavenly!!!

  12. Terri Hughes says:

    I remember many recipes that my mother and grandmother made. Strawberry shortcake comes to mind….so good. Love your recipes. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. My recipe for scalloped tomatoes

  14. That is a hard one! Too many favorites from which to pick. One that I really love is pork chop casserole served with black-eye peas and cornbread cooked in an iron skillet.

  15. Frieda King says:

    Homemade marmalade & biscuits!!!!!!! Mom had an orange tree & we made homemade orange marmalade with oranges off her tree. Nothing better!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. chicken pot pie a favorite of many. Enjoy making and so easy Stacey, I don’t live in the South but sure enjoy Southern cooking. When is your 2nd Cookbook coming out?.

  17. Arthur Martin says:

    Stewed tomatoes and cheese on toast.

  18. My favorite recipe that has been passed down is my great grandmother, Idabelle’s, cornbread ‘dressing’.
    The cookbook looks awesome! Would LOVE to add it to my collection!

  19. I called them hush puppies when I was little (oh yeah, we’re not from the South so they are not really hush puppies!) but they were a buttery potato dish that my mom made when I was little. I loved those potatoes!

  20. Gosh, there are several precious recipes I have. The current one I adore is my dear MIL’s Yellow Squash Casserole. I was a cook before marrying my husband 23 years ago, but this was something unique, and it wowed me the very first time I tasted it.

  21. My grandmother made stewed potatoes.And I make them to this day.Simple and are wonderful for any kind of meal.I also loved her fried apple pies & bread pudding with a sweet white sauce.I doctor up my white sauce with orange extract.

  22. I love this recipe! My grandmother would make all kinds of great food! I especially loved her stuffed shrimp, yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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