Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

This dish is a year-round favourite for most Greeks. Read the ingredients and the method for Stuffed Tomatoes recipe.

Ingredients

  • 5 red tomatoes, ripe and firm
  • 5 bell peppers
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1 eggplant, grated
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 cup of Carolina rice
  • 1 ½ cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh spearmint, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup black raisins
  • Salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tomatoes, grated

Method

Cut a slice off the top of the tomatoes (to use as a lid) and spoon the flesh into a bowl, making sure to leave enough flesh along the sides to prevent the tomato from cracking open in the oven.

Put the tomato flesh in a food processor and pulse.

Slice off the top end of the peppers and remove the seeds and fibres.

Heat ½ cup olive oil in a deep skillet and sauté the onion over medium heat for a few minutes, until transparent.

Stir in the grated zucchini and eggplant.

Bubble away for a few minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.

Add the rice, tomato flesh and season.

Pour 1 cup water and bring to a boil for 5 minutes.

The stuffing should be fairly juicy (runny).

Finish with the pine nuts, raisins, and chopped herbs.

Fill the tomatoes and peppers with the juicy stuffing, about ¾ full.

Cover with the lids and transfer to a baking dish, placing one close to the other.

Mix the 3 grated tomatoes and remaining olive oil (1 cup) in a bowl.

Season and pour over the food.

Cover with aluminium foil and bake in a preheated oven at 360°F for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Remove the foil after the first 30 minutes.

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