Surprise Tomato Egg Basket

Surprise Tomato Egg Basket

10 medium tomatoes
1 tablespoon dried crushed basil
OR
1 tablespoon tarragon
Salt and pepper – to taste
10 large California Fresh Eggs
6 tablespoons butter – melted
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup fine, dry seasoned bread crumbs
Parsley or edible flowers for garnish

Preheat oven to 350º. Cut thin slice from top of each tomato. Using a grapefruit knife make a circular cut (do not Pierce skin) and scoop out pulp gently with a spoon. Invert tomatoes on paper towels and allow to drain. Grease 10-4" individual soufflé dishes. Sprinkle the inside of each tomato with basil, salt and pepper and place upright in soufflé dishes. Gently break an egg into each shell and bake 35-40 minutes or until egg whites have set. Remove from oven.

Blend melted butter, cheese and bread crumbs together. Sprinkle the tops of each egg liberally with this mixture. Return to oven and bake until crumbs are browned, about 3-5 minutes.