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Friday, February 1, 2013

Baked Tomatoes

Ever hear of the southern dish Tomato Pie? This recipe has the same basic flavors without the crust. The ingredients can be changed to your taste and can be used as an appetizer, side dish or even a main meal, when you add sausage or ground beef. You can even add rice instead of meat for a vegetarian meal.

6 medium tomatoes
Kosher Salt
1/2 cup homemade breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup Mozzarella or Cheddar Cheese
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp Basil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash the tomatoes and trim off the tops and cut a small flat spot on the bottom so they will stand up in the pan. Hollow out each tomato using a small knife or a spoon leaving the outer shell in tact. Sprinkle the inside with Kosher salt and sit up-side down on paper towels to drain out some of the moisture. Chop up the pulp you scooped out of the tomatoes and place in a medium size bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Stuff each tomato and top with a little extra cheese. Place in a baking dish and bake for 20-30 minutes.

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