Sunday, 27 September 2015

Provençal Tomatoes

Do you have a glut of garden tomatoes? Then this is the recipe for you. I only make this when the tomatoes are at their peek. If they don't come from your garden, make sure they come from the farmers market. Only the freshest, juiciest, most perfect tomatoes will do. This is perfect fall fair and a great accompaniment to barbecued steak

Start by slicing your perfect tomatoes in half. You will need six or seven.

Place the halves into a baking pan.

Remove the seeds and pulp.

Generously salt and pepper.

Make fresh bread crumbs in you food processor. Notice the tape, I think I might need a new one.
You will need about 3-4 cups of bread crumbs.

Slice two green onions and add to crumbs.

Add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese as well.

Finely chop fresh parsley. See my beautiful mezzaluna. It is made from olive wood. I purchased it while on vacation in Tuscany. I love it! It's just perfect for chopping herbs.

Next, add 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried basil, and two cloves chopped garlic. If you have fresh herbs, please use them.

Combine 1/4 cup olive oil with 1/4 cup melted butter.

Mix the crumb mixture with oil and butter until well combined.


Place a generous amount of crumb mixture onto each tomato. 

Using your fingers, squish some of the crumbs into the spaces of the tomato.

Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees

The tops should be golden brown and the tomatoes soft but still holding their shape.

The perfect accompaniment to barbecued steak and oven roasted potatoes.

Provençal  Tomatoes

serves 6-8 as a side 

6-7 medium sized tomatoes
salt and pepper
3-4 cups fresh bread crumbs 
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated 
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano(use 1 tablespoon if you have fresh)
1 teaspoon dried basil(use 1 tablespoon if you have fresh)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup olive oil

Slice tomatoes in half. Remove the seeds and pulp. Place the halves into a glass baking dish. Generously salt and pepper the tomatoes. In a medium sized bowl combine the fresh bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, green onions, parsley, oregano, basil, garlic, butter and oil. Mix the crumbs well so that the oil and butter are distributed throughout. Place a generous amount of the crumbs onto each tomato half. Using your fingers, push the crumbs into the cavities of the tomato(see diagram). Bake for 20-30 minutes until the crumbs are golden brow and the tomatoes are soft but still hold their shape. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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