Stuffed Tomatoes

This post is for my friend Carmen! She sent me a recipe about some grilled tomatoes, and together, we made up our own recipe for Stuffed Tomatoes. She came over one evening and we brainstormed. She’s made them several times trying to tweak them some more. It’s just missing something to us. They’re not bad though. If you have any suggestions, please post!

3-4 whole, ripe tomatoes
1 large can of Tuna (or 1 cup of your favorite meat) (Carmen used chicken)
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped onion
Salt, pepper, oregano, basil, garlic (all to taste)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse tomatoes well. Slice off the top and remove any visible core and throw those away. In a medium size mixing bowl, scoop out the insides of the tomato (make sure you don’t mess with the wall of the tomato, it needs to be able to stand on its own), set aside. To the mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, your choice of meat, onion, and any of the spices you want to create the filling. Mix well. Now, carefully scoop the filling back into the hallowed tomatoes. Top with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Place on a baking pan (I used my Pampered Chef stone wear) and bake for 15-20 minutes. The tomatoes will be slightly mushy to the touch.

Serve as a side or as a main dish.

I wonder how it would taste if you added Stove Top Stuffing, bread crumbs, or oatmeal… Maybe I will have to experiment! Happy baking!

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