Cook and activist Mable Clarke serves this craveable side dish at the monthly fish fry she started to save the Soapstone Baptist Church in South Carolina. While the cheese crackers may draw you in, it's the baked tomatoes that keep you coming back for more. When she's cooking for hundreds of guests at the fish fry, Clarke uses canned tomatoes and green chiles for this dish. Since you're likely not cooking for 400, we adapted the recipe to use fresh tomatoes. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September 2020

Mable Owens Clarke


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until golden, about 10 minutes. Season with pepper.

  • Combine tomatoes and jalapeños in a large bowl. Spread 1 cup cracker crumbs in the prepared baking dish. Top with half the tomato mixture. Layer on the onions. Top with the remaining tomato mixture. Combine mayonnaise, Cheddar, Parmesan and basil in a medium bowl; spread on top of the casserole. Top with the remaining 1 cup cracker crumbs.

  • Bake until bubbling and the cheese has melted, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

232 calories; total fat 19g 29% DV; saturated fat 4g; cholesterol 16mg 5% DV; sodium 314mg 13% DV; potassium 202mg 6% DV; carbohydrates 11g 4% DV; fiber 1g 4% DV; sugar 3g; protein 4g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1; vitamin a iu 736IU; vitamin c 10mg; folate 27mcg; calcium 97mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 12mg; thiamin -1mg.