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Broiled Cherry Tomatoes with Cheese and Panko Crumbs Recipe

Bubbly cheese, a crunchy Panko topping and a caper tang are the essence of these Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes. A tasty summer side dish or appetizer.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings (change as needed): 4
Author: Cheryl


  • 3 cup cherry, grape or baby tomatoes, cut in half, seeds and some juice squeezed out
  • 1 ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon minced green onions
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup (3.5 oz, 100 g) grated gruyere cheese (or raclette, emmental, jarlsberg)

Panko crumb topping

  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  • Set oven to BROIL and position one oven rack 8-10 inches from the top.
  • PREPARE TOMATOES: Line a small baking pan with foil and spray with oil. (Alternatively, spray a pyrex baking dish, about 9 inches, with oil.) Add halved tomatoes, Dijon, green onions and garlic. Mix to combine. Sprinkle gruyere cheese evenly over the top.
  • PREPARE CRUMB TOPPING: Add all crumb topping ingredients to a small bowl and mix well to combine. If not using Parmesan cheese, add salt to taste. Sprinkle crumb topping over tomatoes and cheese dish evenly. At this point, you can set the dish aside to be broiled before serving.
  • BROIL: Broil tomato dish 8-10 inches from the heat source (top) for about 3 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and crumb topping is lightly browned. Watch that it doesn't burn.
  • SERVE: Serve directly from dish (if you used a pyrex dish) or, if using a pan, transfer to a shallow serving dish with a spatula. (I line my dish with fresh baby spinach or kale, then spoon tomatoes on top). Serve immediately.


Make Ahead: Prepare the dish up until the point of broiling. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to use. Then broil tomato dish and serve immediately. 
To serve as appetizer: Transfer tomatoes to a serving plate or serve directly from the pyrex dish you broiled the tomatoes in. Serve with toothpicks or a spoon to scoop tomatoes onto appetizer plates.