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“Don't throw out those overripe tomatoes!!! This recipe is a delicious way to use up a bountiful crop of fresh tomatoes, especially any that may have become overripe. I usually serve this as a side dish with baked fish or chicken but it is also wonderful as a Brunch side dish with omelettes or other egg dishes. The original recipe came from "Patout's Cajun Home Cooking" by Chef Alex Patout, but I have modified it, somewhat, for our taste.”
1hr 45mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel and seed the tomatoes and chop them.
  2. Place in large bowl.
  3. Add sugar to tomatoes and mix well.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet then pour off any excess oil.
  6. Add bell peppers, onions, celery and garlic to the skillet with the ground beef and continue to brown meat and saute vegetables until they are tender.
  7. (about 15 minutes) Stir tomatoes into the skillet and simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes.
  8. Season with salt and ground black pepper, to taste.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Add in bread crumbs and mix well.
  11. The mixture should be fairly thick and stiff, so add additional bread crumbs if necessary.
  12. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  13. Use butter or margarine to grease a two quart casserole.
  14. Turn out the tomato mixture into the casserole, spreading evenly.
  15. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
  16. Bake in oven (uncovered) until top begins to brown, about 20-30 minutes.
  17. Serve as a side dish to accompany any meat.
  18. Note: This casserole may be prepared in advance and stored in the freezer or refrigerator until ready to bake.
  19. Allow time to thaw or incrase the baking time.

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