…every pantry has a story
This past weekend out visiting with my Mom we stopped at a local Farmstand, we found some pretty interesting tomatoes. They look like bell peppers, but they are tomatoes!
It’s hard to see the definition on the red ones, which are pretty cool in themselves because they look almost like a red and yellow tie dye. I also picked up some eggplant and zucchini…
I’ve decided to make stuffed tomatoes, along the same lines as stuffed peppers with my farmstand finds. Here is what I used, which could be used for either tomatoes any shape or actual bell peppers. While I didn’t put meat in this recipe, it could easily be added.
5 tomatoes, tops cut off and deseeded
1 Eggplant, peeled and diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 yellow onion diced
7 cloves garlic, 3 minced, 4 left whole
1/4 c fresh basil leaves, chopped
4 oz package crumbled feta cheese
fresh grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 325, 8 in square dish coated with olive oil.
Rub the tomatoes and whole garlic with olive oil, place in baking dish. In heated skillet add 3 tablespoons olive oil, add the onion saute for about 3 minutes. Add zucchini, eggplant let cook for 3 minutes add garlic, basil cooking for 1 minute. Remove from heat stir in feta cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Fill the tomato shells with filling, top with parmesan cheese and tomato top. Bake for 40 minutes.
As you can see the inside even resembles bell peppers…
I know it really looks like a lot of filling but it actually did fit into those 5 tomatoes which were not that large…
When the garlic is baked it becomes mellow along the lines of caramelizing an onion…
I rubbed oil on the tomatoes for the added flavor and moisture so they wouldn’t split…
They held up as well as pepper would, there was no splitting which I was worried might happen…
The beauty of this type of cooking is that you can substitute the cheeses, or the vegetables used for the filling. This may also be a great way to use those awful winter tomatoes those of us in the dreary north are forced to digest. Yet another reason I want move south, year round fresh fruit and vegetables!