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Tomatoes Go With Thanksgiving Too!

ThanksgivingTomatoesWell here we are on the doorstep of one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving!
Let me remind all you good folks that Tomatoes have been a tradition at Thanksgiving since the Mid-1800’s. It was during those years that various methods of can lining were being perfected that could resist the acidity from our Tomatoes.
Naturally, the Tomato is not in season during the Thanksgiving season but that doesn’t mean people didn’t long for that special taste long after the season was over. With the advent of canning Tomatoes became a staple after the season was over…YAY us!
Nowadays we have it real good! With new shipping methodologies and more and more countries growing Tomatoes we have a great choice of sizes, colors, and types of Tomatoes.
So now that we have the Tomato around during the Thanksgiving Holiday let’s put together a great dish with the following recipe:

Ingredients

  • 8 tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut tomatoes in half and spoon out flesh. Put flesh in a sieve set over a bowl and press down to release juices; reserve. Season inside of tomatoes with salt and pepper; invert over a baking sheet lined with a kitchen towel.
  2. Melt butter with 2 Tbsp. oil in a skillet over low heat. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic; sauté for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in bread crumbs, herbs and Parmesan. Stir in 1/4 cup of tomato juices, then egg.
  3. Stuff tomatoes with breadcrumb mixture. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Place tomatoes in dish in a single layer. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp. oil. Bake for 30 minutes, until topping is browned and crisp.

Hey….a few footnotes. Please use a quality Parmesan cheese for the recipe. There are many augmentations to the recipe that can be add… a few minced mushrooms, a small amount of squash diced, or any other favorite you might have.
Happy Thanksgiving! See you next month.

Posted Saturday, November 1st, 2014 by by admin, under Tomato Recipes.

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