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Provencal Side: Stuffed Tomatoes

When tomatoes are in season (now!), I like to take advantage of their juicy goodness and use them as often as possible. They taste wonderful sliced and sprinkled with salt, but for something a little more sophisticated serve them stuffed and roasted. Bread crumbs, lots of fresh parsley, and a dusting of Parmesan cheese fill these gorgeous red vessels. A rustic and classic French side, these tomatoes pair perfectly with grilled fish, a light creamy pasta, or a big bowl of steamed mussels. Sound tasty? Get the recipe when you,

Stuffed Tomatoes
From Cooking Light magazine
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8 tomatoes (about 8 ounces each)
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 (1/2-ounce) slice sourdough bread
6 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Cooking spray
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Thyme leaves (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Cut tops off tomatoes; discard. Carefully seed tomatoes, leaving shells intact. Sprinkle the cut sides of tomatoes with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place tomatoes, cut sides down, on several layers of paper towels; drain for 15 minutes.
  3. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form to measure 1/2 cup.
  4. Combine breadcrumbs, 6 tablespoons parsley, cheese, and garlic in a small bowl.
  5. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place the tomatoes, cut sides down, in pan, and saute for 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat; turn the tomatoes over.
  6. Spoon about 2 tablespoons breadcrumb mixture over each tomato. Spray the breadcrumb mixture with cooking spray, and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  7. Wrap the handle of the pan with foil. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until the breadcrumb mixture browns.
  8. Garnish with thyme leaves, if desired.

Serves 8.

Nutritional Information: CALORIES 73(35% from fat); FAT 2.8g (sat 0.8g,mono 1.2g,poly 0.4g); PROTEIN 3.3g; CHOLESTEROL 2mg; CALCIUM 60mg; SODIUM 234mg; FIBER 2.4g; IRON 1.2mg; CARBOHYDRATE 10.8g

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Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 9 years
I've made these with cherry tomatoes using a great recipe from Oprah magazine. If I can find it, I'll post it. They made delicious appetizers.
Hope5 Hope5 9 years
ishop2much ishop2much 9 years
i love tomatoes, i can't wait to try this!!
rocksister rocksister 9 years
I've had these before and they are really, really good!
mishelleanne mishelleanne 9 years
i so cannot wait to make these
mellafe mellafe 9 years
I always eat stuffed tomatoes not cooked, I mean, not putting them in the oven. It's a great salad or meal for summer, which is almost here!
Catipa Catipa 9 years
Wow! These look awesome. I can't wait to try them-looks like an easy recipe too. Thanks! The comment about using Tuna sounds really good too.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Mmmm I love tomatos! This looks so yummy!
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
this looks SO delicious! i need to start experimenting with these yumsugar recipes :D
janelleleigh janelleleigh 9 years
tomatoes are by far my favorite food, i can't wait to try this recipe.
chynablue chynablue 9 years
Using sourdough bread in the stuffing is a nice touch.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
Wow that looks & sounds really yum.
drmiya drmiya 9 years
I love these!
glamed glamed 9 years
wow that looks great! i could go for some right now:D
Chica8a Chica8a 9 years
yummy! i am def going to try this!!
billiebear billiebear 9 years
looks yummy!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
without the cheese, this looks yummy! looks so easy to make, too.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
I've made a similar recipe. I've stuffed them w/ tuna, crabmeat, you name it...As long as you're working w/ a ripe tomato, it's all good!!
rls1976 rls1976 9 years
I enjoy slicing tomatoes and sprinkling with parmesan cheese and cajun seasoning. I zap them under the broiler or in the microwave and it makes a delicious side dish.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 9 years
i love stuffed tomatoes! lol
achat achat 9 years
sounds wonderful and healthy! thanks for reminding me tomatoes can make yummy gourmet healthy finger foods.
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