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Tomatoes a la Plancha

Tomatoes a la Plancha

If you don’t own a plancha, you can make this recipe on a stovetop using a cast iron pan with 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil. This recipe also works well with bell pepper halves (stem, slice vertically, and seed them).


  • 4 large or 8 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 6 ounces grated Manchego cheese, about 2 cups
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more, as needed and for drizzling
  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Preheat your grill to medium.

Step 2

Prep the tomatoes by cutting out a circle in the top of each tomato, about a half-inch wider than the stem. Use a small spoon to remove most of
the seeds. Place the tomatoes on a serving dish and pack them with equal amounts of shredded cheese, pressing it in well (this helps keep it in place).

Step 3

Warm the plancha for a few minutes and then brush it liberally with olive oil, about two tablespoons. One at a time, quickly invert each tomato onto a wide metal spatula, cheese side down, and then use another spatula or tongs to slide it onto the plancha; repeat with all the tomatoes. Grill for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.

Step 4

Then, one at a time, slide the spatula under a tomato and flip it right side up, just as you would flip a pancake. Continue grilling, right side up, for another 5 minutes, until the tomatoes are tender. Transfer them back to the serving dish, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

Serves 4