Well, since the server mishap ate the first version of this post, here is take 2!
The lovely Lisa Amato is back with another round of “Pretty as a Picture,” and for this go-round has decided to focus on the tantalizing tomato!
Did you know that the tomato is actually a fruit, not a vegetable? And that it hails from South America, not Italy? It’s beautiful, juicy and versatile and come in all shapes, sizes and colors. But the most popular and readily available is the good ol’ red round one. The kind we like to slice and put on our burgers and sandwiches. Or chop to make salsa or to toss into our salads.
Here’s a tasty recipe for stuffed tomatoes that is a perfect side-dish.
6 firm ripe tomatoes
Salt for sprinkling
½ cup of cooked rice
3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons (I like more) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly oil an 8 inch square baking dish.
Cut off the top of each tomato. With a small spoon, carefully scoop out
the insides, leaving a wall about ¼” thick. Reserve the pulp. Salt the
inside of the tomatoes, and place them upside down on a wire rack to drain
for 5 minutes.
Puree the tomato pulp in a food processor or blender until smooth.
Transfer to a bowl, and add rice, basil, tomato paste, and olive oil. Mix
well, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Divide the filling evenly among the tomatoes. Place in the prepared dish.
Cover with aluminum foil, making sure the foil doesn’t make contact with
the tomatoes, and bake until the tomatoes are softened, 25 to 30 minutes.
Uncover, and top with the Parmigiano cheese. Brown under the broiler.
About 3” from the heat source, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Arrange
on a platter and serve at once.
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Thank you, Lisa! As always, your pictures are amazing and your recipes are mouth-watering!