Tomato Casserole


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.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
8 cups


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 medium onions, very thinly sliced

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 6 cups chopped tomatoes (about 2 pounds)

  • ¼ cup chopped pickled jalapeños

  • 2 cups crushed cheese-flavored crackers, such as Cheez-Its, divided

  • 1 ¼ cups mayonnaise

  • ¾ cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese

  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil


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

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

  3. 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.

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

232 Calories
19g Fat
11g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 232
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Vitamin A 736IU 15%
Vitamin C 10mg 11%
Folate 27mcg 7%
Sodium 314mg 14%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 12mg 3%
Potassium 202mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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