Baked Tomatoes Stuffed with Ham, Green Olives, and Parmesan

Pomodori al Forno Farciti di Prosciutto Cotto e Olive Verdi

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Medium

  • 12

    Appetizer Portions

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Ingredients

  • 6 medium-large ripe, firm, round tomatoes, about 3 inches across
  • 2 ounces boiled, unsmoked ham, chopped fine, about ½ cup
  • cup very finely chopped onion
  • 12 green olives, pitted and chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper ground fresh
  • 2 tablespoons fine, dry, unflavored bread crumbs

Method

  1. Turn on the oven to 400°.
  2. Wash the tomatoes and cut them in half across their width. Scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon to partly hollow out the tomatoes. Do not squeeze them. Place them, cut side up, on a baking pan large enough for them to fit in one layer, snugly if necessary but without overlapping.
  3. Combine in a small bowl the ham, chopped onion, olives, parsley, grated Parmesan, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and very liberal grindings of pepper and mix the ingredients thoroughly with a fork.
  4. Stuff the hollowed tomatoes with the ham and olive mixture, distributing it evenly among them. It is all right for it to form a mound. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the stuffed tomatoes and trickle the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over them. Bake in the upper level of the preheated oven for about 30 to 35 minutes until the tops of the tomatoes become colored a very light brown. Serve while still warm, but not piping hot.

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