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Tomato Stack, A Simple Italian Starter

Updated on August 20, 2012
4.8 stars from 4 ratings of Tomato Stack

Some would call this a starter, some would call it a salad. I call it delicious! It's simple to make yet visually stunning, making this perfect for any Italian dinner party.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 8 min
Ready in: 18 min
Yields: 3-4 Stacks

Ingredients

  • 2 large beef tomatoes
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese
  • Small can sliced black olives
  • fresh basil leaves, amount variable to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon basalmic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400'F. Alternately you can use a broiler, but reduce cook time to 5 minutes or less. Grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Thinly slice the tomatoes and cheese. There should be 3 slices of each per stack. Depending on how many you get from your tomatoes you can make 3 or 4 stacks.
  3. Place one slice for each stack on the cookie sheet. Add one slice of cheese on top of each tomato. Then sprinkle a few olives.
  4. Basil is a strong flavor for some. You can add a few pieces to each layer or reserve some just for the top.
  5. Add another layer of tomato, cheese, olives and possibly basil.
  6. Top with the final tomato and cheese slices.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 5-8 minutes or until cheese has just melted. You want the tomatoes to just be warm not cooked.
  8. While the stacks are melting in the oven combine the olive oil and vinegar.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle vinegar mixture over stacks and garnish with basil and more olives before serving.

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      Alice Fournier 4 years ago from Amsterdam

      I'm really bad at cooking, and this recipe looks simple and delicious! Great hub, beautiful pictures.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Linda, I'm so happy you want to make this ^_^ I hope you enjoy and thank you for your lovely comment ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Huh... Timetraveler... your way is so much easier.. lol ^_^ I'll have to do it that way whenever I'm making it for myself. Thank you for the tip!! ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Gypsy ^_^ Italians are masters of tomatoes! lol Hope you enjoy!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      If it wasn't almost time for sleep I would prepare these tomato stacks today, but I'll have to wait until tomorrow. Thanks for the yummy recipe idea!!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Great ^_^ I hope your wife enjoys Dingerd.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Rajan!! Your support is very much appreciated ^_^

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      Sondra Rochelle 5 years ago from USA

      I know this will be delicious because I've been using a short cut version for years. I slice the tomatoes, top with shredded mozzarella, add a little salt and pepper to taste (sometimes also oregano), I put each slice on a microwave safe plate,pop in the microwave for one minute and voila!. Not as fancy as yours, but pretty darned good for something you can make in less than five minutes!! Makes a great snack.Nicely done hub and voted up.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Sounds delicious. I love anything Italian and tomato. Will try and passing this on.

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      Darrel Dinger 5 years ago from Tennessee

      I do not really care for tomatoes much but I'm sure my wife will love this. I'm going to attempt to make this over the weekend for her.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Simple yet yummy looking starter. Fab photos. Voted up, interesting and sharing it, Sasha.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Fantastic Alun! ^_^ Thank you!

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      Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK

      An olive-free tomato stack is on my list of snacks to attempt!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Alun... no, absolutely not! you must eat olives ^_^ hehe... just kidding of course! My husband prefers his without olives as well and they still taste fantastic. Thank you so much for your great comment and vote ^_^

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      Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK

      Very much my kind of a snack Mama Kim! Cheese and tomato - dead easy, very enticing looking, great tasting. Except ... I can't stand olives! Oh well. I'm sure you'll let me prepare it for myself without the olives. Voted up. Alun.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you Aviannovice! I'm over-the-moon happy to know you liked it ^_^

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I made these, and the flavor is extraordinary. The next day, I turned it all into an omelet for breakfast, and it was superb.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Avianovice, I don't mind one bit ^_^ Thank you for your nice comment and I hope you enjoy!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Absolutely, right up my alley. Do you mind if I save this in my on-line recipe file?

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Divacratus, Thank you for stopping by ^_^ I hope you enjoy!

      Dwachira, Thank you for your comment and vote ^_^ I think it is delicious and healthy, I hope you try it and find that to be true for you as well.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Susan, Thank you for such a nice comment ^_^ Tomatoes are a wonderful favorite food ^_^ So good for you too! I hope you enjoy, let me know what you think.

      Hyphenbird, What a nice comment, thank you ^_^ I would love to know how this comes out with vegan cheese... I've never tried any before.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I would like to try this Tomato Stack recipe, looks delicious and healthy. Voted up.

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      Kalpana Iyer 5 years ago from India

      So simple but still looks so delish! Will try this out soon. Thanks for sharing!

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This looks so good that my mouth watered. I am vegan but can use a replacement cheese. I love big tomato slices anyway and have a basil plant. This will be made by me today! Thanks for the great recipe.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tomatoes are one of my most favorite foods. I could eat them 2 or 3 times a day and never tire of them. Your recipe sounds great and I'll be trying it this week.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you Cyndi! I hope you enjoy ^_^ Let us know what you think.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Looks simple and delicious. I love tomatoes and everything else you have here. Really great looking. I will try it. Glad you shared it with us.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you ishwaryaa for such a generous comment!! I'm so happy you like the recipe and I'm sure you'll love it!! Thank you again!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      A yummy recipe! I am a big fan of Italian cuisine! Also, I am fond of tomatoes, cheese & olives! This is one tasty recipe I would like to give a try soon. Your instructions are clear and your photos are drool-worthy! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, Socially Shared & pinned

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Glimmer, Always good to hear from you. This is certainly the time of year to use up all the tomatoes. My tomato bushes are producing them faster than I can pick! Thank you for your nice comment!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Unknown Spy, Thank you, your comment makes me smile ^_^

      Deepak, Thank you for stopping by! Your comments are always appreciated.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you Rajan! You are a good friend ^_^ The mozzarella cheese is especially tasty when made from buffalo milk. Thank you for your generous visit ^_^

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      This looks delicious and is a great way to use up some summer tomatoes. Thanks!

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Good recipe thanks to share a tasteful hub.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      this recipe totally rocks!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Kim, this is a simple and beautiful starter. It would taste awesome with all that cheese and the basil leaves especially.

      Voted up, awesome. Sharing this.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Why thank you James! You're so generous with your comments, I love it ^_^

      Letitia, I agree, I love simple... sometimes more than extravagant ^_^ Thank you very much for your comment and votes!!

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      Letitialicious 5 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      What tantalizing treats, and so simple! I think I'll try this for lunch tomorrow. Voted up and useful (simple is always useful!)

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      These look very appetizing Mama Kim. Excellent recipe once again. Love checking out what you have to offer. Voted up, shared, awesome, interesting, and useful :)

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Parksie, Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy ^_^

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      Christy Parks 5 years ago from St. Peters, Missouri

      Can't wait to try it!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Meldz, Please don't eat olives if you don't like them! I have to leave the basil out of my husband's share so I understand ^_^ Recipes are just guidelines. Thank you for the votes and comment, always good to hear from you ^_^

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Mama Kim 8-

      I call it delicious too! It looks good and very healthy. But forgive me if I will not include the black olives in my share but my husband would love it. Voted up and more. :-)

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Teaches, Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. Tomatoes are very good and good for you ^_^ I'm happy you like them so much. I do too ^_^

      Trinity, I'm so happy you want to try this ^_^ I hope you like it as much as I do. Thank you for the comment and votes!

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      Trinity M 5 years ago

      I’m always on the lookout for some interesting starter ideas and this looks delicious. I will definitely be giving this a try. Voted up and useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I can't get enough tomatoes and this will be another way for me to enjoy them. I love all the simple ingredients you listed and they are so well put together in this recipe. Yum!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Karen, Thank you for your comment! Simple is sometimes better ^_^ Hope you enjoy!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      This looks delicious and I will be trying this at home. Thanks for sharing. I love the simplicity of it!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      wetnosedogs, thanks for stopping by ^_^ There's very little cooking involved. Just as easy as making any other kind of salad. Good luck ^_^

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Sounds yummy and the picture looks yummy. Sounds like something I could do.I'm not a cook at all.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Geargie, It is both those things! I hope you enjoy ^_^ Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

      Alicia, Thank you for your nice comment. It seems like tomato and cheese are made for each other. I like this version because the tomato remains uncooked. Enjoy!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've always loved the taste of tomato and cheese cooked together. This sounds like a delicious version. I can taste the combination of cheese, tomato, olive oil and herbs in my mind! Thank you very much for the recipe.

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      This looks really tasty and easy. I think I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Mhatter, A whole new galaxy huh? I guess I'm not the only one that gets really excited over food ^_^ I'm so happy it interests you and thank you for taking the time to comment!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow! First I've heard of this. It is like a new galaxy just opened up. thanks

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Bill, Don't like tomatoes? Being the Italian that I am I couldn't imagine life without them! Well I sure hope Bev likes this ^_^ she sounds like a wonderful gal! Thank you for your continued support ^_^

      Alocsin, Thank you for stopping by. You are absolutely right, I did have this as a dinner with garlic bread. Your votes are greatly appreciated ^_^

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is delicious, although this seems to be substantial enough to be a light lunch or dinner. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Kim, I don't like tomatoes. Now what do I do? :) I will pass this on to Bev; it looks like something right up her alley.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you Top Rated Recipes! Very nice to hear from fellow recipe hubbers ^_^

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      Top Rated Recipes 5 years ago

      Visually Stunning indeed! Wonderful photos, looks delicious!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      You only have romas in your area? I love romas and think they would make an adorable miniature version of this ^_^ Thank your for stopping by and your compliment on my photos. Its easy when the food's so pretty ^_^ My hubby always laughs when I fawn over pretty food, lol

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a delicious and unique starter! I wish we had beefsteak tomatoes here, but Roma will have to suffice. Your photos are beautiful!