Stuffed Tomatoes



Stuffed Tomatoes


STUFFED

Stuffed tomatoes with Italian sausage and ground beef can be made as a side or main dish. Fresh vine-ripened tomatoes always seem to be the best for this recipe. If your lucky enough to grow your own tomatoes that would be even better.

Tomatoes are the very soul Italian cooking. With their rich flavor, tomatoes are used in a wide variety of recipes. Chopped, sliced, diced or pureed, tomatoes are an essential part of any cuisine.

This stuffed tomatoes recipe is fairly easy to put together. I rarely make this as a main dish. I like to serve it as a appetizer or a side dish with a nice big bowl of spaghetti.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound of ground beef
  • 1/2 pound of Italian sausage
  • 3 slices of Italian bread broken into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup of instant rice
  • 1 bunch of long green onion chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 Tbls of butter
  • 1 Tbls of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of freshly grated romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 10 fresh basil leafs chopped
  • 1/4 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 small package of shredded mozzarella

    PREPARATION

  • Wash the tomatoes, cut the tops off and spoon out pulp. Reserve the pulp in a small bowl.
  • Remove sausage from the casing and fry with the ground beef until done.
  • Drain the sausage and beef mixture on a paper towel and wipe the pan clean.
  • Add butter and oil to the pan and sauté the garlic, onions, tomato pulp, and green pepper for about 2 minutes.
  • Cook rice according to package directions.
  • Add cooked meat, oregano, basil, salt and pepper for 2 minutes.
  • Add cooked rice and stir in tomato sauce, bread and romano cheese.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cool the mixture a little then stuff the tomatoes.
  • Place tomatoes in a casserole dish and top with mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover and bake for 20 minutes.

    Serves 6



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