Pan-Broiled Tomatoes

From The Modern Family Cookbook
5 large tomatoes, 2½ lbs.
½ cup butter or half bacon fat
1 teaspoon thyme
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoons grated onion

Wash tomatoes and cut out the cores and the blossom ends. Melt the butter in a skillet, add the thyme, salt and onion and simmer gently until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Slice tomatoes 1 inch thick, or cut them in half crosswise. Lay them in the seasoned butter and cook at simmering point, spooning the fat up over them from time to time. When they begin to soften on the under side after cooking 1 or 2 minutes, turn carefully, using a pancake turner or large spatula and continue cooking about the same length of time on the other side, spooning fat over the top. They should not be cooked until mushy. Transfer to a hot platter and pour the savory butter over them. More salt may be wanted by some. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately. 5 servings.

Variation: To the ½ cup butter melted in the skillet, add instead of thyme and onion, â…“ cup grated raw carrot, 1 teaspoon celery salt and a dash of pepper. Simmer 2 or 3 minutes until carrot is soft, then add the sliced tomatoes and cook as described above.

My Note: Again with the bacon fat. I think that bacon fat usage of yesteryear may be why so many folk actually ate vegetables other than fries!


  1. OK we can make this. Tonight? We probably don’t have thyme do we?

  2. When I was a personal nurse for the invalid in the South, there were more than a few older ladies who would tell me of the traditional Southern breakfasts which involved a lot of lard and butter. Even the buscuits were made with lard cut into the dough, the pans coated in lard and the biscuit brushed on the top with lard. Ironically, most of them had husbands who died many years earlier from a heart attack.

  3. Biscuits made with lard are the best! Really! Of course, I grew up in a traditional Southern home.

  4. So we did this tonight, well I did it, but I didn’t follow directions (of course). I didn’t cut out the cores, that seemed dumb. I didn’t see any onion so I used minced garlic instead. It was good. The boys liked it a lot.

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