Cheesy Tomato Bread



I hope that you can see by the pictures just how good this bread is. When you combine a fresh loaf of french bread, ripe summer tomatoes, and melted mozzarella cheese, it is pretty much a recipe for perfection! I’ve been eating this for lunch over the past few days and I can’t get enough of it! Best of all, it is so quick and simple to make. It’s like those frozen french bread pizzas you can buy at the grocery store, but with fresh ingredients and a better flavor. It doesn’t get much better than ripe and juicy summer tomatoes, and I’m pretty sure this is one of the best ways to enjoy them. :)

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Cheesy Tomato Bread

Yield: Serves 8

Ingredients:

1 loaf french bread, sliced lengthwise
3 Tbsp butter
1/2 - 1 Tbsp garlic powder (to taste)
3-4 fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 tsp kosher salt (use 1/2 tsp if using salted butter)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp oregano
8 oz sliced or shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

*Ingredient amounts are approximations. This is a great recipe to experiment with and adjust to your tastes

Preheat oven to 500. Spread each slice of bread evenly with butter and sprinkle with garlic. Lay the tomato slices on top, then sprinkle with salt, olive oil and oregano. *Note: If using juicy garden tomatoes, you may want to let the slices sit on a paper towel for a minute before laying them on the bread.

Top with cheese and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese melts and the bread begins to toast. Turn the oven to broil and and leave them in the oven for 2-3 minutes longer, or until the cheese browns. Slice the bread into 4-inch sections and serve.

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23 Responses to “Cheesy Tomato Bread”

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — August 2, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

    Yummmmm. This bread is right up my alley – and now I’m totally hungry thanks to your photos :)

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — August 3, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    Oh yum! I wish I had a toaster oven so I could eat this all the time. But with no AC, the oven gets turned on rarely in the summer (rarely here meaning twice a week… :) ) Looks delicious!

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    Ressa — August 3, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing, Megan. I will definitely be trying this!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 3, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    The melting cheese is insanely awesome!

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    Emily @ Sweet Bella Roos — August 3, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Yum!! I love making homemade french bread pizza… my daughter would love for me to use whole tomatoes instead of sauce. Gotta try that!

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    Julie — August 3, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    this looks delicious!!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 3, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    This looks so much better than the store bought kind!

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    Jane — August 3, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    This looks wonderful. My husband and I have been making our version…a Caprese “pizza…Brush Ciabatta bread (or French bread) with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of sea salt. Top with fresh mozzarella cheese, then sliced tomatoes, and chopped fresh basil. Drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar (I like Mediterranean Balsamic Vinegar with Fig by Demarle at Home). Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese has melted and the bread is toasty. (I bake it on a Silpat with a Perforated Baking tray. It comes out perfect every time!)

    • megan replied: — August 3rd, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

      Your version sounds incredible, thanks for sharing! :)

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    BusyWorkingMama — August 3, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    YUM!! That looks delicious, and I always appreciate a meatless meal idea!

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    Jeanette B — August 3, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    Oh my!! I made this for lunch today and it is just wonderful!! I picked up a basket of beautiful, fresh tomatoes yesterday at the Farmer’s Market so this was a perfect way to use one of them. I suspect I’ll be enjoying this same lunch again for the next few days. Thanks for posting this recipe Megan!

    • megan replied: — August 3rd, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it! I had it for lunch 3 days in a row, until I ran out of bread! :)

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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — August 3, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    Delicious. I can see why you ate them for 3 days for lunch :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 4, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Sweet goodness, YES! This sounds awesome!

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    Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook — August 4, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    Good lord, you didn’t even need words with this post; those mouth-watering photos were enough to draw me in! I am starving now, thanks!

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    Jen — August 4, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    Hi Megan!
    I wanted you to know that I have chosen you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You can see the details about your nomination on my blog post: http://dejongdreamhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/very-inspiring-blogger-award.html.

    If you accept the award please note there are rules: 1) Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post. 2) Share 7 interesting things about yourself. 3) Nominate 7 bloggers you admire. 4) Leave a comment on each of the blog’s letting them know they have been nominated.

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    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — August 7, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    This looks delicious! Add a salad and you have such a quick and easy weeknight meal and I bet you could add some spinach or some other toppings on there too!

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    Javelin Warrior — August 10, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    As soon as you put cheese and bread together, I’m there! And the tomato is just a delicious bonus – love this! I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks always for keeping me inspired with new ideas…

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    Amy | Amy's Cooking Adventures — August 11, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    This looks AMAZING! I think I found dinner tomorrow!

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    Nancie — August 13, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

    Made Megan’s Cheesy Tomato Bread today for lunch. My son was starting his his day of college and he just loved it!Had a lot of tomatoes from my garden so the freshness made this over the top. Have made French Bread Pizza before and I want to say all the ingredients where just right. Never put butter on a pizza before and thought maybe I should have used four tablespoon not three,but three tablespoons was just right!

    • megan replied: — August 14th, 2012 @ 7:40 am

      So glad you liked this!! :)

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    Lisa — September 19, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

    Yummy! Thanks for helping me use up my CSA tomatoes!

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