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Celebrate Fresh Summer Tomatoes With Tomato Gratin Or Scalloped

 

Last updated 8/12/2020 at 4:41pm

Some think it's sacrilege to cook a perfect summer tomato, but we disagree. Cooking intensifies the tomato's natural flavor, and it's an excellent way to use good tomatoes at the time of year when there are plenty of them around. (Courtesy photo by America's Test Kitchen)

Tomato gratin (sometimes called scalloped tomatoes) is a great cooked-tomato dish because it combines fresh tomatoes with bread to soak up all the juices released as the tomatoes cook.

But if you use the wrong type of bread or treat it incorrectly, you can end up with a mushy mess. And that's a fate we can't accept for in-season tomatoes.

Knowing how important the choice of bread was, we tried breadcrumbs, sandwich bread and a supermarket baguette, which all fell short. It was when we tried an artisan-style baguette that things really started to look up.

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