Old-fashioned Deviled Tomatoes

Fried tomato slices with deviled egg topping

I recently found a delightful hundred-year-old recipe for Deviled Tomatoes. Tomato slices sautéed in butter are topped with a lively deviled egg mixture.

Here is the original recipe:

recipe for deviled tomatoes
Source: American Cookery (November, 1919)

Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Deviled Tomatoes

  • Servings: 5 - 7
  • Difficulty: moderate
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4 medium tomatoes, sliced

1/3 cup flour

3 tablespoons butter + 1 tablespoon butter, softened

1 teaspoon powdered sugar

2 teaspoons dried mustard

dash salt

dash cayenne pepper

yolk of 1 hard-boiled egg, mashed

1 tablespoon vinegar

2 tablespoons green pepper, finely chopped

2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped

Coat the tomato slices with flour. Then, melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet, and sauté the flour-coated tomato slices for two minutes on each slide or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels.

In the meantime, in a small bowl cream together 1 tablespoon butter, powdered sugar, dried mustard, salt, cayenne pepper, and mashed hard-boiled egg yolk. Add vinegar and stir to combine. Stir in green pepper, onion, and parsley. Heat until warm (on stove or in microwave).

To serve, put a heaping teaspoonful of the egg mixture on top of each tomato slice.

21 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Deviled Tomatoes

  1. I’m on the fence about adding powdered sugar to this savory recipe. Sounds strange to me but maybe it enhances the tomato flavor? Nonetheless I like the idea of this recipe. Most different.

    1. I’m guessing that the old recipe calls for a little powdered sugar to balance the vinegar and make the egg topping a little less sour. That said, the recipe only called for 1 teaspoon of sugar, and I think that it could easily be omitted with little change to the taste.

    1. Similarly to you, I’d never heard of Deviled Tomatoes before I came across the old recipe. It’s wonderful to hear that you like the recipes I post. I have a lot of fun finding and making them.

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