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Tomato Mozzarella Melts – Southern Plate by Gordon Ramsay

Tomato Mozzarella Melts - Southern Plate

When the Garden is coming in, you’ll find these on my plate throughout the week!  I serve them as a side dish with supper and often have a plate full for lunch. This is one of my favorite summer dishes, taking advantage of those fresh flavors in an uncomplicated, delicious way. They’re super easy, fuss free, and done in no time at all. Best yet, if you have a garden, chances are most of the ingredients are right outside your door!

You’ll need: Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil (fresh or dried), and kosher salt (or table salt if that’s all you have).

I’m using Roma tomatoes but you can use garden tomatoes if you like. You can also just use shredded mozzarella if that is what you have on hand. I have basil growing in my sunroom right now but I wouldn’t think twice about using dried basil or dried Italian seasoning on these.

If using Roma tomatoes, slice them in half lengthwise. If using garden tomatoes, slice them 1/2-3/4 inches thick.  Place in metal pan and sprinkle tops with kosher salt. Be sure you use a metal pan for this because we are going to be cooking it pretty rapidly under a very high heat and glass just isn’t designed to be cooked with in that way.

Place under the broiler on high and cook for anywhere from 3-5 minutes, watching carefully.  I cook mine until it gets lightly wrinkled on the skin. You can just cook it just long enough to heat it through if you like though. I love tomatoes in any cooked form but don’t care at all for raw tomatoes. I’m weird like that. Actually, I’m weird in many other ways too but today we’ll focus on my odd raw tomato aversion. If you’d rather not cook it under the broiler like I do, you can just put it in a 500 degree oven for 5-7 minutes.

Remove tomatoes from oven and top with slices of fresh mozzarella and bits of torn basil. (remember, you can also just sprinkle with some dried basil or dried italian seasoning)

Return to oven for just a couple of minutes, until cheese is melted. 



  • Tomatoes*
  • Fresh Mozzarella sliced
  • Fresh Basil torn (or dried basil)
  • Kosher Salt or table salt


  • Slice tomatoes into thick slices (if using smaller tomatoes, just slice in half). Place on metal pan and sprinkle with kosher salt. Place under broiler for 3-5 minutes or in 500 degree oven for 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven and top with slices of mozzarella and basil. Return to oven for 2-4 more minutes, or until cheese is fully melted. Serve warm.

  • *For tomatoes- If using Roma, slice in half down the center. If using Garden tomatoes, slice in thick 1/2 -3/4 inch slices.

  • Serving Size: This will serve as many as you allow tomatoes for. I usually allow two slices per person. This is one of those recipes that you can just adjust the quantities based on how many you want to make, which is why it makes a perfect lunch for one!

I originally posted this recipe in 2011 along with a family story. If you’d like to see that post (and read the story of a road trip that changed our life), click here. 

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Meal Plan Monday #221 – Southern Plate by Gordon Ramsay

Meal Plan Monday #221 - Southern Plate

Hello friends! Welcome back to another edition of Meal Plan Monday. We look forward to this roundup each week and hope you do, too! This week’s selection features a chicken dish that is sure to become a family favorite, a decadent salad, sweet cherry pie bars, funfetti doughnuts, and dilly pretzels for that crunchy/salty fix! Of course, the real fun comes in when bloggers from around the web and around the world add in some of their most popular recipes at the bottom so scroll away and get ready to be inspired. Thanks for being here!

Glazed Cherry Bars

Up first are these Glazed Cherry Bars from A Reinvented Mom. These little beauties are easy as pie – you make them in a sheet pan! 

Amazing Cobb Salad

Up next is this gorgeous Cobb Salad from Swirls of Flavor. What a beautiful way to get those veggies in!

We had such a hard time picking between these two features that we decided to include them both for anyone feeling snackish this week!

Dilly Pretzels from Nancy C and Funfetti Baked Doughnuts from $5 Dollar Dinners

And this week’s Featured Host Recipe Is: 

Sticky Chicken from Southern Plate. Sticky Chicken is baked in a delicious homemade honey soy sauce barbecue sticky sauce. It’s a beloved family favorite!



Ten Minute Rolls – Southern Plate by Gordon Ramsay

Ten Minute Rolls

Scroll down for printable recipe card! 😁Ten Minute Rolls

I’m the worlds worst about planning a meal from start to finish and not thinking about the bread until we’re about ready to eat. That is where these rolls come in handy. If you work fast, you can have them ready start to finish in about ten minutes using ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Ingredients for Ten Minute Rolls

The ingredients are easy and you probably already have them on hand: Mayo, Milk, Salt, and Self Rising Flour.

Now let me start this post by saying that if you are someone who doesn’t care too much for mayonnaise, you’re in good company. I’ve never been a “Ooh mayo!” type gal myself. It kinda grosses me out. Thing is, though, mayonnaise is mostly just oil and eggs so lets look at it from that perspective for the basis of this recipe- because, while I don’t care for mayo, I love these rolls.

Mixing Up Ten Minute Rolls

Place your flour, mayo, milk, and salt in a bowl…

Mixing up Ten Minute Rolls

Stir that up with a spoon until it well mixed.

These are kind of a cross between a biscuit and a roll, so if you want biscuits, call them biscuits. If you want rolls, call them rolls. Easy peasy!

Spraying pan

Now spray six cups in a muffin tin with cooking spray.  I also like that this recipe just makes six, which is usually plenty for us.

Ten Minute Rolls in Pan

Divide your batter between the muffin cups. Bake at 425 for 8-10 minutes.

See how easy that was? Dump in a bowl, stir, bake.

Ten Minute Rolls

Here are our finished rolls!

Ten Minute Rolls

Sometimes I make these for breakfast, sometimes for supper, and sometimes as a little afternoon treat.

With a recipe that just has you throwing a few ingredients together in a bowl and stirring, then cooking for eight to ten minutes, it is entirely possible to have these done start to finish in ten minutes.

Ten Minute Rolls

Ten Minute Rolls

Here are our finished rolls, all ready to accompany your country dinner, sop up gravy, or spread with butter and jelly.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 Cup Self Rising Flour*
  • 2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • Dash of salt*


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined.

  • Grease six cups in muffin tin. Divide batter evenly among cups.

  • Bake at 425 for 8-10 minutes.

  • Serve as a roll or a biscuit.


*That extra dash of salt gives them a bit more oomph. You can omit if you like. 
*To make your own self rising flour, simply add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt for EACH cup of all purpose flour.

This recipe was originally published here in 2011. I updated the post and photos in 2020.

A great cook knows that its not what is on the table that matters,

it is in the chairs around the table.


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