Tomates Farcies, literally stuffed tomatoes, is a simple dish to make in the height of summer when fresh tomatoes are in abundance. Serve as a side dish or make it an entire meal.
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This recipe is not from my family, though I suppose someone might have made something similar. Instead it is my adaptation of one made by Claude Monet. Yes, the artist. Among the treasures found at Giverny after his passing were his cooking journals, which were made into a beautifully photographed cookbook (slash history book slash coffee table book, etc.).
Ideally, you should make these with medium-large sized tomatoes, but all they had at the store were Romas, not the right shape for this recipe, or extra large beefsteaks. So I made 2 extra large instead of 4 and we cut them in half.
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I chose to represent my family's heritage with my recipe choices this week:
Mititei on Monday - mini beef sausages from Romania (my father in law)
Fried Polenta on Tuesday - cornmeal cakes from Italy (my dad's father)
Tea Brack on Wednesday - fruit laden tea bread from Scotland and Ireland (my mother)
Chocolate Walnut Torte on Thursday - from Hungary (my mother in law)
Tomates Farcies on Friday - stuffed tomatoes from France (both mom and dad)
Friday #SummerGamesWeek Recipes
- Miso Salmon representing Japan by House of Nash Eats
- Pizza Bites representing the USA by Simply Inspired Meals
- Mango Sticky Rice representing Thailand by Devour Dinner
- Tofu Katsu with Tonkatsu Sauce representing Japan by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowl representing Japan by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Teriyaki Chicken representing Japan by Palatable Pastime
- >Tomates Farcies representing France by That Recipe
- Panzerotti representing Italy by Magical Ingredients
- Crème Brûlée representing France by The Spiffy Cookie
- Salmon Florentine representing Italy by Art of Natural Living
- 4 large ripe tomatoes
- 1 sprig fresh parsley
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3-4 slices bread (chopped into small pieces to make 1 cup)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound bacon (chopped into small pieces)
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 2 medium shallots, minced (or 2 tablespoons finely minced onion)
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
- ¼ cup fresh mushrooms (chopped)
- 1 large egg
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cut off a thin slice from the bottom of the tomatoes so the stand flat. Cut around the top of the tomatoes leaving about ½ inch on the sides. Scoop out the top and insides leaving the sides and bottom intact. Place on a greased ovenproof dish.
- Put all of the removed tomato bits into a saucepan. Cook over high heat for 3 minutes.
- Remove the herbs and pour the tomato puree through a fine mesh strainer, mashing with the back of a spoon to get as much juice and pulp as possible.
- Add the tomato puree back to the saucepan with the parsley, thyme and bay leaf. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove the herbs, stir in the chopped bread and set aside.
- In a skillet combine olive oil, bacon, shallots and garlic and sauté until the bacon is lightly browned. Add chopped mushrooms and cook a few minutes until mushrooms start to release some water.
- Combine bread mixture, bacon and mushroom mixture and the egg. Stuff into the tomato shells.
- Bake at 350°F until the top is lightly browned.
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Until next time, happy eating!