|Italian Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe|
When I was growing up it was not uncommon to have fresh, sliced tomatoes with a scoop of cottage cheese on top. While I enjoyed my mother's cooking very much, I wanted to make it Italian!
To me, nothing speaks Italian like Tomatoes and Basil. They are best friends forever! This makes a hearty side dish. I served it with garlic and herb chicken. The scent of these tomatoes baking titillated my senses and gave me hunger pangs.
|Stuffing the Italian Tomatoes|
- 6 Roma/Plum Tomatoes
- 6 Tablespoons of Ricotta Cheese
- 12 Tablespoons of Parmesan/Romano Cheese
- 1 Tablespoon Parsley
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic/Basil Pesto or 1 teaspoon of minced garlic + 2 teaspoons of finely chopped Basil
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
- 1-2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
- 6 Tablespoons of Italian Bread Crumbs
Wash the outside of the tomatoes and dry. Slit the tomatoes down one side and remove the core and some of the moisture and seeds from the locular cavities within. Place them slit side up in a pan/baking dish coated with olive oil.
|Sprinkle Parmesan and Romano Cheese|
on top of Italian Stuffed Tomatoes
Mix the ricotta cheese with 6 Tablespoons of Parmesan/Romano cheese, the Parsley, garlic and basil or pesto, and salt and pepper. Spoon this in the center of each slit of the tomato to fill the cavity.