When I posted the recipe for Mama's Macaroni and Tomatoes , I was surprised how many of you said that Breaded Tomatoes was also a comfort food for you. I don't know why I was surprised, because I have always loved my mother's breaded tomatoes. She has been making them as far back as I can remember and I am sure her mother made them before her. Tomatoes is something there is usually always plenty of in the South, fresh in the summer and canned tomatoes the rest of the year. You just can't beat tomatoes you can yourself. The flavor is just so much better than store bought. Mama usually always has her own canned tomatoes and that is what she uses, but you can make these with the crushed canned tomatoes you buy at the store also and it's still good. The other keys to good breaded tomatoes are you have to use white bread, real butter and don't skimp on the sugar. Here is what you will need:
1 quart (32. oz.) canned tomatoes, do not drain (if buying store bought, buy the crushed tomatoes)
10 slices of day old white bread (like sandwich bread)
1/2 cup sugar
4 Tbs. butter (1/2 stick)
Pour the tomatoes in a 2 quart casserole that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Stir in the sugar. Tear 8 slices of the bread in pieces (leave the crusts on) and gently mix into the tomatoes.
Break the other two slices in pieces and lay right on top. Cut the butter in thin pats and just cover the top.
Place in a 375 degree oven and bake for 45 minutes.
This is just a really simple dish, but it tastes like home to me!