Saturday, April 12, 2014

Stuffed baked tomatoes in Mediterranean style

Have you ever tried some delicious stuffed tomatoes made in Mediterreanean style? They are not only exquisite but also very easy to prepare. You only need some fresh tomatoes, breadcrumb, some cheese of your choice (we always use Sicilian caciocavallo or primosale), e.v. oil of olive plus oregano, salt & pepper.

If you know someone who loves tomatoes and you want to do something nice and a bit unusual, this is the perfect way to do it.

Preparation for 4 people:
Wash your tomatoes under running water, then remove the top part. Depending on how big they are, you can either cut them in half and serve 1 tomato per person, or 2 each if they are small like the ones in the picture on the right.

In a bowl, collect the inside of the tomatoes (the watery part), add breadcrumb (about 1 tablespoon for each tomato), 2-3 tablespoons of oil of olive, oregano and the cheese you want (about 100 gr.) cut in little cubes. The strongest the cheese taste, the better, that's why we usually use the caciocavallo, which is particularly tasty and make a good contrast with the rest of the ingredients that are definitely sweeter. Adjust with salt and pepper in the end as you like.
Switch the oven on, place the tomatoes in a baking try with a drizzle of oil at the bottom and cook them at 180° for about 20-25 minutes. Grill them for an extra 7-8 minutes so that they become a bit crusty on top and serve them still hot. They are a wonderful side-dish and so simple that they perfectly match with any main dish such as meat, fish or omelette. I definitely recommend them as one of the side-dish of this coming Easter lunch. Enjoy!

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