Mickie Gee is a retired librarian and a grandmother. She knows a little bit about a lot of topics. Life experiences are wonderful.
Great Side Dish for Any Occasion!
At the end of the summer season, you might be blessed with some beautiful, shiny green tomatoes on the vines in your garden. You might also experience the following scenario: a June thunderstorm knocking down your heavily laden tomato plant, giving you an unexpected harvest of green tomatoes. What to do?
One choice is to wrap the tomatoes in newsprint or brown paper and let them ripen slowly in a cool space. Alternatively, you can make one of my very favorite recipes: green tomato casserole!
Green tomatoes are surprisingly sweet and when combined with cheese and melted butter, you have a delicious side dish that your family will enjoy time and again. The best feature of this recipe? It has only five ingredients (I count salt and pepper together).
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4 to 6 servings
- 5 to 6 green tomatoes, sliced into quarters
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Layer half of the sliced green tomatoes in a pre-greased casserole dish. (See the baking dish I recommend below.)
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Pour one third of the melted butter on the tomato layer. Sprinkle one half of the shredded cheese on this layer as well.
- Repeat the above steps one more time.
- Top off with the cracker crumbs and remaining 1/3 cup melted butter. I like to toss the melted butter with the cracker crumbs before I put them on. It is not necessary to do that. However, I think it helps the butter get evenly distributed in the crumbs.
- Cover dish with aluminum foil (or a lid if you have one that fits).
- Bake 40-45 minutes. (Note: The image of my casserole at the top of this article shows what happens if you let the topping get too brown!)
Perfect Baking Dish
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