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Tomato Cakes

Tomato Cakes

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Tasty and cheap, this is a recipe from the Great Depression. Excellent as a side dish for supper, or even a main dish for a light meal.

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  • Calories:
  • 210 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 12.8 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 20g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 3 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 498 mg
  • 20%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Place the tomatoes, onion and crackers into a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper, and mix thoroughly. Cover, and let stand for about 15 minutes. This will allow the crackers to soak up the juices from the tomato. The mixture should set up to be a stiff paste.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Form the tomato mixture into patties, and place in the hot oil. Fry the patties, flipping only once, until golden on both sides.
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Sarah Jo

Great idea and SUPER cheap to make. I used organic tomatoes. crushed low-salt Ritz crackers and added a teaspoon each of onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano and a half teaspoon of dried basil just to jazz it up a bit. At the last minute, I added 1/2 cup of shredded mozzerella as the cheese would have gone bad if I hadn't. I fried these in a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and butter. Huge hit with the kids. All I had to say to them was we were having cracker pancakes and they couldn't eat them fast enough. My husband was a harder sell but he was hungry, so he ate whatever was left. He said "It needs bacon" so I might add some crumbled bacon next time. I made the Dill Sauce for Hamburgers to go with and it went together well. NOTE: if you use Ritz crackers, be sure to use 1/3 more than you would have using saltines.


I really was trying to find a way to use up tomatoes from the garden and this is what I did. Boiled and peeled 15oz of tomatoes, added 1 1/3 C. Panko crumbs and 1/4 C. Italian Bread Crumbs (hey - it's what I had on hand) 2 T. Fresh Basil, 1 T. Garlic Powder, 1/4 onion, 1/4 green pepper, 1/4 C. Parmesan (the kind in the green can - again...what I had on hand) veggie oil for frying. I tried the recipe exactly, but with most of my different dry ingredients - realized I needed more since the patties kept sticking, something I noticed in other cook's reviews. AWESOME!!! Tried to take photo ops 2 times - 11 yr old daughter and BF kept eating them...until I finally realized that I had to hide them in order to take a pic.....was wondering why there were no pics on here - now I know why.....thought this was weird...tried something new....AMAZING!!!!


I was staying at a girlfriend's house dog-sitting. She is a vegetarian and had a fridge full of organic tomatoes so I decided to try this recipe. I am not a vegetarian, but this was terrific! I added a little basil and garlic and served the cake on a spinch wrap with some cheddar cheese and sauteed spinach -- AWESOME!!!