Savory Tomato Crisp Recipe

by on August 5, 2013

Savory Tomato Crisp Recipe wtih Heirloom Tomatoes from White On Rice CoupleThis is a continuing series we’re sharing for Summer on our favorite heirloom tomatoes that we’re growing. And we have a delicious recipe included too! You can visit all our tomato recipes on our tomato page.

Every once in a while two cravings collide and something magical happens. Sometimes it all ends up being one big, tasteless mess and easily forgotten dish. But on occasion, these random food ideas can marry into a lovely dish that we’ll make over and over. So a few weeks ago we were craving a baked tomato dish and aside from our tomato tarts that we love making, the idea of combining a crisp and tomato popped up like a light bulb.

Introducing, the tomato crisp. It has everything that we love about summer: vine ripened heirloom tomatoes + crisp topping + baked in the oven = perfect savory crisp dish. The math says it all.

Savory Tomato Crisp Recipe with heirloom tomatoes from White On Rice Couple

If you’re already a fan of fruit crisps (raise your hands high!) and heirloom tomatoes, then combining these two isn’t too far fetched of a culinary idea. Really, the idea of a savory tomato crisp is quite delicious. The juicy, baked tomatoes are essentially and botanically speaking, a fruit anyways. So all you’re really changing is the flavor from a sweet stonefruit or berry profile to a lovely tomato-y sweet flavor.

Savory Tomato Crisp Recipe with heirloom tomatoes from White On Rice Couple

Consider this tomato crisp the perfect side dish to a grilled meat dish or a pairing to a nice vegetarian salad. Either way, the textures of the crisp oats and juicy tomatoes underneath add to the essential flavors and colors of Summer. It can’t be beat.

And these lovely tomatoes we’re making them with? They’re chocolate stripe heirloom tomatoes and aren’t they a beauty to behold? These chocolate stripes actually did extremely well in the garden, giving off at least 3 dozen medium to large sized fruit. The colors and striping are very striking and the sweet flavors make this at the top of our heirloom tomato list. It’s definitely going to be on the list for next year because they’re the plant that kept on giving.

Happy Summer!

Savory Tomato Crisp Recipe with heirloom tomatoes from White On Rice Couple

Warm out of the oven, this tomato crisp has crunchy oat texture

Savory Tomato Crisp Recipe with heirloom tomatoes from White On Rice Couple

give yourself a big scoop

Savory Tomato Crisp Recipe with heirloom tomatoes from White On Rice Couple

juicy sweet tomatoes underneath

Savory Tomato Crisp Recipe with heirloom tomatoes from White On Rice Couple

Tomato Crisp Recipe

Yield: Serves 4-6

Total Time: 1 hour

See post for additional recipe details.


  • 2 pounds (910g) ripe Tomatoes, cored and cut into wedges
  • 1 Tablespoon (8g) Cornstarch
  • Kosher or Sea Salt
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper
  • 3/4 cup (90g) Flour
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmigiano reggiano
  • 2 Tablespoons finely minced Italian Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon minced or crushed Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon (15g) packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick / 113g) cold unsalted Butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ½ cup (40g) old-fashioned Oats


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter a 2 qt. baking dish.
  2. Put the cut tomatoes into the prepared baking dish. Toss with the cornstarch and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Combine the flour, cheese, parsley, garlic, brown sugar and teaspoon of salt in a medium bowl. Mix together well.
  4. Pinch the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse sand (or cut it into the flour mix with a pastry cutter). Work in the oats with your fingers until evenly distributed.
  5. Spread the crisp topping over the tomatoes. Bake for 45 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today August 5, 2013 at 1:47 am

I love fruit crisps. You made me very curious about the version with tomatoes. I must also write that tomatoes from your pictures look amazing!


2 Jasline @ Foodie Baker August 5, 2013 at 1:49 am

This looks simply amazing and delicious!


3 Daedre August 5, 2013 at 4:26 am

This sounds amazing! Are you sure those are chocolate stripe tomatoes? I’ve grown them before and they were red with green/brown stripes, rather than red and yellow striped. If you Google “Chocolate Stripe Tomato” you’ll see what I mean.


4 Norma @ Allspice and Nutmeg August 5, 2013 at 4:52 am

This looks wonderful! What a great idea.


5 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 5, 2013 at 5:00 am

This sounds like the perfect recipe for summer tomatoes. LOVE it!


6 Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas August 5, 2013 at 5:37 am

Wow, this is such a spectacular idea! I have never seen a tomato crisp but it sounds brilliant. It’s going on the list.


7 Tieghan August 5, 2013 at 6:46 am

This is stunning and the perfect summer meal!


8 Diana@My Humble Kitchen August 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

This looks delightful. I can’t wait until my tomatoes fully ripen. I’m pinning this for sure!


9 Kasha @ The FarmGirl Cooks August 5, 2013 at 8:11 am

What a great idea! We are giving away a bunch of heirloom tomatoes to our CSA members this week – I will share this recipe!

Thanks so much :D


10 Megan - The Gluten Free Vegan August 5, 2013 at 9:04 am

Oh those tomatoes are just gorgeous! I love the idea of a savory crisp. Sort of kicking myself for not thinking of that myself! ;-) I’ll be making a gluten-free and vegan version of this once my tomatoes ripen. Thanks again for such a beautiful recipe.


11 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious August 5, 2013 at 9:34 am

I love this idea and it seems like a great brunch item. Heirlooms are fantastic right now and I picked some up recently at the farmers market for a post…


12 Putputt August 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

Oooh, the perfect accompaniment to Sunday brunch. Thank you for a great recipe!


13 Ash- foodfashionparty August 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Wow, this looks so perfect and a great idea. Thanks for sharing.


14 pam (Sidewalk Shoes) August 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Those tomatoes are almost too pretty to eat!


15 Abbe@This is How I Cook August 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Not only is this gorgeous, it looks totally delectable. And savory. And I think I could even eat the leftovers spooned over pasta or rice or-that is if there are any leftovers!


16 Cash August 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Looks delicious and reminds me of a tomato cobbler.


17 dervla @ The Curator August 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

oh my gosh this looks amazing. I never would have thought tomatoes would work as part of a crisp, but clearly they do!


18 Rachel@theFromagette August 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Major yum. This is just the recipe I was longing for – I’m making it for a dinner party tomorrow night. The only thing I plan to change up is I will use white whole wheat flour – I’m trying to stay away from regular white flour. Thanks so much!!


19 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence August 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Wow, I love this! Such a creative idea. I’m thinking I would add some basil to the mix.


20 Meena August 12, 2013 at 5:06 am

OMG! This is such a genius idea. I love fruit crisps and this is a great way to make a savoury one. I’m always looking for baked sides to have along with chicken or pasta and this is perfect- plus it’s easy and can work so well when you have guests over!! And the oat topping makes it much healthier, too! I chanced upon your blog via Instagram and am so glad I did! It is just gorgeous :D


21 Kevin @ Closet Cooking August 13, 2013 at 6:13 am

Love the sound of a savoury tomato crisp!


22 Joanne - Inspired Taste August 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm

This is genius. We’ve got lots of tomatoes ready to eat in the garden, so this is just perfect for using some of them up. Just beautiful!


23 Melisa August 19, 2013 at 8:31 am

Made this for a wknd brunch. It was fabulous. I did add fresh basil strips to the tomato mixture. It was a huge hit with everyone. I think I got 1 bite! Will be made again for sure!


24 Magda August 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

Made it, love it! I did add some smoked fish on the top and it tasted lovely!


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