Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Stuffed Tomato - Stuffed Tomatoes - One Pot Meal

Valentine's day is a celebration of love & affection and symbolized by color red & hearts.   Initially had planned to post a sweet/dessert recipe suitable for this mood but couldn't get my mind off the red color. After thinking which would be apt recipe to share for this love struck occasion I couldn't stop thinking of a tomato recipe.  Stuffed tomato - is a one such one pot meal recipe perfect for a romantic lunch/dinner with your loved one. 

This recipe is basically tomato with pulp removed & instead stuffed with a rice, veggies & cheese filling. This stuffed tomato is then placed on a toasted bread slice & baked/broiled till the tomatoes are cooked. Served along side salad this is a complete meal in itself. The filling for this recipe itself forms a very comforting & tasty recipe. So if you want serve this dish to your kids I would suggest serving the Rice filling only as they may find it a little difficult to eat it with tomato. Add more cheese if they like it. 

Now to the recipe.... 

4 Large Tomatoes
1 small onion finely chopped
1/2 green pepper (Capsicum) finely chopped
1/2 red pepper (Capsicum) finely chopped
1 tbsp of minced garlic
1 tsp of green chillies finely chopped (or to taste)
1 tsp of dry oregano leaves 
1 tsp of dry parsley leaves
1 tsp of Italian seasoning
salt & pepper to taste
1-2 tbsp of oil for cooking
4 bread slices
1 cup of cooked rice
1/2 cup of cheese (of your choice, am using nachos & tacos blend)

Cut a thin slice from the top of the tomato & using a knife pierce the sides as shown. Then using a spoon scoop out the pulp leaving hollow tomato shell. Continue doing this for all the tomatoes. Dice the pulp portion into small pieces & keep it aside. We will be using it in the filling. 

In a vessel, heat the oil & once hot add garlic & saute for a few seconds then add onion & green chilli & saute till raw garlic smell disappears & onions are translucent. Now add the green & red pepper & saute. Once the bell peppers are slightly cooked add salt, pepper, dry oregano, dry parsley & Italian seasoning. Mix well. 

Now add the diced tomato pulp that we had kept aside earlier. Mix. Once the tomatoes turn soft add the cooked rice & mix. Now add 1/4 cup of cheese & mix. Our Rice filling is ready. Keep it aside. 

Toast the bread & cut it into round shape using cutter. Preheat the oven to 350F

Apply some butter to the round cut bread slices & place them equidistantly on a oven safe dish. Place the hollow tomatoes over these round slices. Season the tomatoes slightly with salt & pepper. Now fill them with rice filling till the rim. Top it with the remaining cheese & sprinkle some parsley on top. Bake for 10 mins & then broil for 5-10 mins or till cheese melts & develops a slight golden brown color crust. Don't over cook the tomatoes just bake till they are soft yet are able to retain their shape.

That's it, our Stuffed tomato -One pot meal is ready. Serve it along with salad of your choice. 

Wishing All A very Happy Valentine's day, Stay blessed with Love Always!!

Happy Cooking!!


  1. Drooling here ...Perfectly done !!!
    Wish I could have one :-)

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  2. Perfect for dinner...yummy stuffed tomato

  3. Loved the fillinf Shweta! Beautifully baked tomatos. Didnt think tomatoes could look so pretty :)

  4. wow...
    looks yummy and very well explained :)

  5. loved the yummy filling..looks so good..

  6. A wonderful recipe dear, absolutely fabulous.

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  7. Perfectly baked. Love the idea of adding rice..


  8. Looking so yummy & gorgeous.... Lovely presentation. :-)

  9. this looks yummy Dear. Perfect for Valentines Day :)

  10. Lovely dish.. bookmarked

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  12. Wow,Shweta! The stuffed tomato looks delicious! I love the yummy stuffing and also the lovely snaps!!

  13. Shweta, a beautiful dish for a Valentine's celebration or any day of the year. I you wanted to, you could even cut another piece of toast with a heart-shaped cookie cutter, then lean it up against the side of the tomato before serving. Have a good weekend.

  14. This is something so elegant and healthy!


  15. Nice recipe and great tutorial as well. Thanks for the share. I love this recipe and enjoy with ur words!
    Romantic dinner recipes

  16. what is italian seasonning ? can I skip it ?

    1. Its a mix of few herbs like rosemary, basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, majoram, sage etc. It add a good flavor but incase you dont have it, you can add these herbs individually as well.


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