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My "Famous" Green Tomato Casserole Recipe

Updated on April 8, 2015
Green Tomato Casserole
Green Tomato Casserole

A Great Side-dish for any occasion!

At the end of the summer season, many of you might been blessed with some beautiful, shiny green tomatoes on the vines in your garden. You might also experience the following scenario: a June thunderstorm knocking down your heavily laden tomato plant and you have a bushel full of green tomatoes. What to do?

One choice is to wrap the tomatoes in newsprint or brown paper and let them ripen slowly in a cool space OR you can make one of my very favorite recipes: Green Tomato Casserole!

Green tomatoes are surprisingly sweet and when combined with cheese and melted butter, you have a delicious side-dish that your family will enjoy time and again. The best feature of this recipe? It has only 5 ingredients (I count salt and pepper together).

Unfortunately, I do no remember where I found this recipe for a green tomato casserole, but I featured it in an article in July 2009 titled, appropriately enough, Green Tomato Recipes. On that page you will find three other tasty recipes using unripened tomatoes that I promise you will find equally delicious.

I decided to place this recipe on a page by itself, because it is the one green tomato recipe that I make the most often because it is so very easy.

Image: single serving of the Green Tomato Casserole on an Ironstone white plate by Mickie_G - all rights reserved

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 4 to 6


  • 5 to 6 green tomatoes, sliced 1/4" thick
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Layer half of the sliced green tomatoes in a pre-greased casserole dish.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Pour one third of the melted butter on the tomato layer. Sprinkle one half of the shredded cheese on this layer as well.
  4. Repeat above one more time.
  5. Top off with the cracker crumbs and remaining 1/3 cup melted butter. I like to toss the melted butter with the cracker crumbs before I put them on. It is not necessary to do that. However, I think it helps the butter get evenly distributed in the crumbs.
  6. Cover dish with aluminum foil (or a lid if you have one that fits).
  7. Bake 40-45 minutes.
  8. (NOTE: the image of my casserole shows what happens if you let the topping get too brown! HaHa!)

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Kitchen Supply 8 Inch Square Glass Baking Dish
Kitchen Supply 8 Inch Square Glass Baking Dish

This is the baking dish I most often use for my green tomato casserole. If you do not have this size baking dish, you should! Perfect for baking a small batch of brownies or two boneless chicken breasts.

CorningWare French White 1-1/2-Quart Covered Round Dish with Glass Top
CorningWare French White 1-1/2-Quart Covered Round Dish with Glass Top

If I want to impress company, I use this casserole dish. Pretty and it comes with a cover.


Guestbook: Will you be trying this easy green tomato recipe?

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      sheilamarie78 23 months ago

      This recipes sounds delicious. If I have any green tomatoes, I will try it.

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      DebMartin 2 years ago

      So simple. And perfect timing!

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      @ecogranny: You can always bring a green tomato inside to ripen on a windowsill. I have done that with great success.

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      @ecogranny: When you get to try this recipe, you will be surprised how sweet a green tomato is!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      My dad dearly loved fried green tomatoes and fried some up every summer when the first batch came on the vine and again in the fall just before the first killing frost hit. I never acquired his taste, but your recipe looks so good that I'd like to give it a shot next time I have access to some green tomatoes. Thank you for sharing it, and congratulations on your feature on the HQ Super Side Dishes page today. Well deserved.