Tomatoes Provençal

I’m giving you one of the best tomato recipes!  I first made this recipe from The Southern Living Cookbook many years ago and it has proven itself to be a winner every time. 

"The flavors of Provençal food tend to be direct and uncomplicated, reflecting the sharp clarity of the light and the landscape," writes Richard Olney in his classic cookbook Simple French Food.  There are neither heavy sauces, nor elaborate preparations so health-minded cooks have an unlimited repertoire of dishes in this cuisine. 

The above states exactly what Tomatoes Provençal is.  With the plentiful supply of fresh juicy vine-ripened tomatoes, add some mushrooms, onions, Parmesan cheese and spices and this magnificent dish will be one of your favorites. 

I’ve taken this savory dish to cookouts many times with rave reviews.   It is not your standard cookout fare ~ that’s probably why it is devoured first!  It’s so good that the casserole dish has been sopped clean with bread by more than one person!

Tomatoes Provençal


4 slices bacon, diced
1 clove garlic, minced (I use 2 or 3)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
¼ pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon McCormick’s Seasoned Pepper Blend (my addition)
5 medium tomatoes
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 tablespoon butter


Fry bacon in medium skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels, set aside.
Reserve a tablespoon or 2 of drippings in the skillet.
Sauté garlic, onion and mushrooms in skillet until tender.
Stir in bacon, flour, seasoned salt and pepper.
Cut tomatoes into ½-inch slices.
Place half of slices in a lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish.
Spoon half of bacon mixture over tomatoes.
Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
Repeat layers.
Dot with butter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
6-8 servings

It’s incredibly delicious and one of my favorite summer recipes!

Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, at My Kind of Cooking for the prize winning desserts from the Successful Farming Magazine contest and her great cookbook giveaway!


  1. What a great way to jazz up tomatoes. This sounds incredibly delicious! Thanks for sharing, Pam!

  2. Another delicious way of using tomatoes! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Have a lovely weekend!

  3. The minute I saw the bacon in the pan, I knew this recipe was a keeper!

  4. Same with me TKW..bacon is ALWAYS good!

    Another great recipe... I'm so glad I found your blog!

  5. Such a delicous dish will have to book mark love this! Cant wait to try this!

  6. this would have been a great way to use up all of those garden tomatoes I found myself with early in the summer!

  7. OK so this is on the menu, with all the tomatoes I have, I need to get rid of some quickly! Diane

  8. Our tomatoes are pretty small, but I imagine that shouldn't be a problem for this dish. It's beautiful.

  9. This is a delicious and classic way to highlight those sun-ripened tomatoes.

  10. a tomato LOVER, this recipe looks devine! I'll be trying it soon :)


  11. Everything that is dressed up with cheese and baked in the oven is a winner for me. I love the flavors.

  12. Looks out of this world! Love the ingredients! Thanks for the great recipe!

  13. This sounds like a wonderful side dish for a Labor Day meal! Great recipe!

  14. Any food with tomatoes is so good! Now that they are so plentiful - yummy! Thanks!

  15. What a delicious side dish and a great way to use tomatoes and mushrooms together! Great recipe!

  16. Sounds like a great combination of flavors - especially with the bacon :) I make a stuffed tomato provencal with thyme, garlic, parsley and bread crumbs baked in tomato halves that is one of my favorite tomato dishes of all time. But must try this twist. Thanks!

  17. What a great way to use up all those tomatoes in the garden.

  18. Oh delish! It's always good to add a little bacon to your tomatoes ;-P

  19. Looks good enough to eat. I love tomatoes. sandie

  20. Bacon, mushrooms and have me won! I can see why this is such a popular dish. Yum! Have a great weekend Pam!

  21. That sounds like a great side dish...Hope you have a fun holiday weekend, Pam, kisses to M/M for me!

  22. I love this. Do you think it would be missing alot without the mushrooms? We just don't do mushrooms here. Could I sub ground turkey? It sounds SO GOOD. I love the whole tomatoes, it's so pretty!

  23. Pam, I'm bookmarking this for December for a family gathering.

  24. I am a tomato fiend lately and I know I would adore this! Awesome casserole.

  25. This looks fabulous! Take me back to my days in Provence...the tomatoes there are just incredible.

  26. This recipe is just what I need to take to a potluck on Monday. Thanks!

  27. WoW girl, and I have tomatoes out the wazoo right now and a church dinner in a couple of weeks. This is easy and looks magnificent. MMMmmm...can anyone guess what I'll be takin' to the pot luck???

    God bless ya and have a marvelous Labor Day weekend!!!

  28. What a delicious casserole Pam! Packed with some of my favorite things - I can see why it's such a hit!

  29. What a delilcious side dish. Love the Potatoes and Green Beans and the Taco Cornbread too. Book marking these.

  30. What a delilcious side dish. Love the Potatoes and Green Beans and the Taco Cornbread too. Book marking these.

  31. This looks and sounds great! Thanks for posting!

  32. you had me at the bacon!! then you added mushrooms....sigh...what a wonderful way to serve those glorious tomatoes!
    I bet my girls would love this!

  33. Esta recea es maravillosa, que buena pinta. saludos

  34. Jenn, thanks! Jazzed up for sure.

    kitchen flavours, thanks! Glad you like it!

    TKW, I try to add bacon every chance I get!

    laurie, nothing like bacon and thanks for the visit!

    pegasuslegend, hope you enjoy it!

    Abbey, you're right and it's easy too!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, yes for all your tomatoes. It's great!

    StephenC, the size of the tomatoes doesn't make a difference. It's maybe easier to fit smaller ones in.

    bellini valli, classic it is!

    Gail @ Faithfulness Farm, good! Enjoy!

    Katerina, so true. Love dishes such as this.

    Marguerite, thanks and have a great day!

    SavoringTime in the Kitchen, yes it's a side dish that people really like!

    JG, exactly! The tomatoes this season have been sensational!

    Dishesdone, the tomato/mushroom combo is great, full of flavor!

    intuitive eggplant, your dish sounds delicious also!

    Mimi, I'm always looking for new tomato recipes.

    Healthy and Homemade, bacon sure doesn't hurt anything!

    Chatty Crone, lol That's just what we did! Yum!

    Monet, they're wonderful things when combined!

    Jacqueline, thanks and kisses to yours also!

    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy, I'm sure turkey would work also.

    Alwayzbakin, thanks for stopping by!

    busygran, yum! This will be great that time of year!

    Joanne, me too. Have a good holiday!

    wenn, you said it all!

    newlywed, glad it brought back great memories for you!

    scrambledhenfruit, they'll love it! ;)

    Nezzy, this will be wonderful for your church friends! Thanks for the visit!

    Reeni, thanks and have a good day!

    Carla and Michael, thanks so much! Hope you give them a try and enjoy!

    HonestNiceWoman, thanks! And thanks for stopping by also!

    Chef Dennis, bacon is the word and I hope you try this for your girls!

    jose manuel, gracias! Este recita es buena y fácil!

  35. Oooh, I really like the sound of this. We're going to have about 10 gazillon ripe tomatoes out of the garden this week LOL!

  36. I can see why it's eaten first - and I'd be there with my bread, too!

  37. YUM! I have so many tomatoes ripening right now, too...perfect =)

  38. Pam what a great recipe. Thanks so much for posting.

  39. Ripe tomatoes are my favorite thing about summer. This looks great!

  40. Hi Pam, I just found your blog through Bellau kitchen - Im so pleased because my tomatoes are all ripening at once and this looks like a great way to enjoy them - really enjoying reading your site - thanks!

  41. This definitely sounds like my kinda dish. Bacon makes everything better!

  42. Karen, lucky you! That would be great!

    katiez, thanks and have a good day!

    girlichef, this is one great way to use them!

    Kat, thanks for stopping by!

    Terrianne, Call me Ree, me too! Love all the fresh vegetables in the summer.

    freerangegirl, welcome and thanks for stopping by!

    Marisa, the bacon is great with it! Thanks for the visit!

  43. Pam...tasty dish you served up today. I have some turkey bacon waiting for its next recipe ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,


Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!
~ James Beard

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