Tomato Soufflés

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Serves

    2

    as a starter

Appears in

Here is another variation on the egg-and-tomato theme, this time with the eggs cooked soufflé-style in the tomato. Plum tomatoes work very well in this recipe because you can set them in ovenproof egg cups for baking. Otherwise, use whatever good-sized and well-flavoured tomatoes you can find, and bake them in ramekins. Alternatively, save this recipe for the summer and your own home-grown tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons double cream, crème fraiche, sieved cottage cheese, or ricotta cheese
  • salt
  • cayenne pepper
  • 2 free-range eggs

Method

Cut a slice from the top of each tomato, and squeeze the seeds into a sieve, set over a bowl. Rub the liquid through the sieve and use for a tomato vinaigrette. Scoop the central part of the flesh out of the tomatoes, chop it, mix with cream, salt, a little cayenne pepper and with the well-beaten eggs.

Fill the hollow tomatoes with the mixture, and bake them in a preheated oven at 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5 for 10 minutes or so. These are very good served with toast fingers spread with anchovy butter.

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