TOMATOES are plentiful at this time of year and although the prices are fluctuating, it is definitely one of the best foods to include in our everyday diet.
Tomatoes are actually a fruit and not a vegetable...read here all about The Amazing Health Benefits of the Tomato
Here is a recipe I made recently:
TUNA STUFFED TOMATOES
- 8 large round tomatoes, washed, dried, halved and seeds removed
- 2 -185gr cans tuna (water or oil packed) drained well
- 1 - 2 anchovy fillets cut into small pieces (Optional - you many want to leave these out if cooking for children)
- 1/2 cup of fresh breadcrumbs
- 8-10 preferably black olives chopped (I used green)
- 3 black olives sliced for garnish
- dash of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons of fresh mint or basil washed, patted dry and chopped
- drizzle of olive oil
- some capers for garnish
- Optional: 2-3 tablespoons of Mayonnaise
Prepare your tomatoes on a large platter. Scoop out some of the pulp and reserve. Cover or refrigerate tomatoes until you prepare the mixture for stuffing. Flake tuna in a medium bowl, add all other prepared ingredients, mix well. Add the reserved pulp cut up into small pieces. At this point you could mix in the mayo if desired. Spoon generously into prepared tomatoes, add olives and capers for garnish. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. Serve on fresh lettuce with crusty bread or crispbread.
NOTE: You could also add a chopped hard-boiled egg to the tuna mixture.
Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes are fresh and light, and make a great main course for lunch or can replace a salad at dinner.
Edited August 22nd, 09: For those who have already read the recipe, please note I have adjusted it adding the scooped out tomatoes to the filling mixure and the optional mayo as one of the ingredients...these will make it more moist. Sorry I forgot to add them in the first place. Alternatively you could also add more olive oil if it is too dry. Let me know if you try this recipe : )