Slow-Roasted Stuffed Tomatoes

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Serves

    4

Appears in

The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen

By Paula Wolfert

Published 2003

  • About

We've all seen lots of recipes for slow-roasted stuffed and unstuffed tomatoes. This one, based on an old way of preparing stuffed tomatoes in the receding heat of the baker's oven, is a little different and results in an especially sensual texture. Once again, slow-cooking increases flavor intensity. Here the stuffed tomatoes are left to finish cooking in the receding heat of a turned-off oven, ensuring that any remaining moisture is fully absorbed by the stuffing and that the tomatoes do not collapse.

Ingredients

  • 8 medium red ripe tomatoes
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup coarse fresh bread crumbs
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Method

  1. Core the tomatoes, cut in half horizontally, and squeeze each half gently over the sink to extract as many seeds as possible. Cut out the insides and reserve for Step 3. Sprinkle about ¼ teaspoon salt over each tomato half, turn them upside down on paper towels on a rack, and leave to drain for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Gently squeeze the tomatoes again to rid them of any excess moisture. Lightly oil a shallow baking dish large enough to hold all the tomato halves in one layer. Add the tomatoes, cut sides up, and bake, uncovered, for 2½ hours.
  3. Chop the reserved insides of the tomatoes. Mix with the garlic, parsley and bread crumbs. Divide into 8 equal parts. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and place one portion into each tomato, pressing down lightly with the back of spoon.
  4. Drizzle about 1 teaspoon olive oil over each tomato and return to the oven for 20 more minutes. Turn off the heat but leave the tomatoes in the oven until serving time.
Inspired by a recipe in Bernard Loubat and Jeannette Bertrandy's La bonne cuisine Provençale.