Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice

Our wonderful friends/neighbors gave us this fantastic Tapas cookbook and I thought I would share some of it with you guys.
This is an easy recipe for summer. It's so great because you don't have to heat up your kitchen and it's light and healthy. This is a great dish for a side at a BBQ or as an appetizer.

Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice from "Tapas the Food and the Music"

  • 3/4 C Long Grain Rice
  • 3/4 C Olives, pitted and chopped
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 Beefsteak Tomatoes, halved
  • 4 tbsp Fresh Parsley
  • Cook rice until just tender. rinse with cold water and drain.
  • Line dish with paper towel and allow rice to dry about 1 hour.
  • Mix rice, olives, olive oil and parsley together and let stand for 8 hours.
  • Scoop out the seed of the tomatoes and discard.
  • Scoop out the rest of the pulp, without piercing the skin, chop and add to the rice mixture.
  • Season the tomatoes shells with salt and turn over on paper towel to dry for about 1 hour.
  • Pat the inside of the shells with paper towel and fill with the rice mixture. Sprinkle a little bit of parsley on top and serve.


Lo said...

This recipe is one of those that I'd consider "inspirational"... lots of directions to head with this, especially at the peak of tomato season!

Maria said...

Great meal for summer!

Claudia said...

I must get a Tapas book. In the summer, I'd rather eat a bunch of little stuff than a big entree. And these stuffed tomatoes look perfect. Plus - we're a rice family. Definitely trying this. A few times.

Grace said...

i can't WAIT til fresh tomatoes are in season here--they signify summer for me. i love your filling of them--it's decorative and downright tasty. :)

Stacey Snacks said...

I made stuffed tomatoes w/ ricotta this weekend, I like your rice idea!

Culinary Wannabe said...

I've done stuffed peppers with rice, but never tomatoes. I always have tomatoes on my counter and might have to make these for a quick dinner when I'm on my own this week.

Anonymous said...

MMM, looks very healthy...in a good way!

Sara said...

This looks so pretty and festive. It looks like it was complicated to make, but the recipe sounds so simple and delicious.

Daziano said...

Hey, I looked at the picture and I thought it looked Spanish... and there you are making tapas!!! Nice and summery!

finsmom said...

These are so cute! And, just perfect for a summer bbq!

Shelly said...

These look great! The good tomatoes will start arriving soon, so I'll have to try this.

Jackie @ PhamFatale.com said...

This is a perfect summer dish for an outdoor bbq or a quiet dinner on the patio. There are few foods more synonymous with summer than tomatoes. Some of the tomatoes in our garden are starting to ripen and I can't wait to start using them and try your recipe.

Cheryl said...

I have never made stuffed tomatoes! and I love the addition of the olives!

jh said...

Thanks for the inspiring recipe and pictures. Such a great summertime meal-light and tasty.

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Elona said...

Hi there. I'm Elona and this is my first time posting. I got to say I LOVE this book. I borrowed it from my mom and I have a full intent on cooking most of the recipes in the book. I haven't made the stuffed tomato but its on my to do list. You can see the stuff I made from the book at www.eatingatelonas.com We should compare note haha!