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Lalli's Turkish Pilaf Tomatoes

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Ingredients
  Ripe tomatoes 72 Ounce (6 Large Ones, About 12 Ounces Each)
  Coarse salt To Taste
  Dried cherries 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Golden raisins 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Dried apricots 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), cut into 1/4-inch dice
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Boiling)
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 Small, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  Walnuts 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
  Blanched almonds 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped, blanched
  Rice 3 Cup (48 tbs), cooked (About 3/4 Cup Raw, Brown Or White)
  Apricot preserves 2 Tablespoon
  Orange juice 2 Tablespoon
  Honey 2 Tablespoon
  Cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon, ground (Plus More For Sprinkling)
  Allspice 1⁄2 Teaspoon, ground
  Fresh mint leaves 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
  Mint sprig 6 (For Garnish)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Cut a small slice from the tops of the tomatoes.
2. With the help of a teaspoon, scoop out the pulp; leave the 1/2-inch-thick wall.
3. Chop the pulp coarsely and reserve ½ cup.
4. Discard seeds; as much as possible.
5. Season inside tomato with coarse salt.
6. On a paper towel, place the tomatoes with the cut side down for 30 minutes to drain water.
7. In a bowl, place dry fruits and pour enough boiling water to cover.
8. Let them soak for 30 minutes and drain well.
9. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

MAKING
10. In a large heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium-low heat.
11. Stir in the onion and cook for 5-7 minutes until wilted.
12. Add nuts.
13. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes.
14. Remove the saucepan from heat.
15. Pour 1/2 cup reserved tomato pulp, drained fruit, cooked rice, preserves, orange juice, honey, spices, chopped mint, and coarse salt to taste to the nut mixture; stir well.

FINALISING
16. In a shallow baking dish, large enough to hold the tomatoes grease the bottom lightly.
17. Stuff with 1/2 cup of the rice mixture into each tomato shell.
18. Place in the pre-pared oven.
19. Lightly sprinkle the tomatoes with cinnamon.
20. Bake for about 20 minutes until the tomatoes are just tender and heated through.

SERVING
21. Garnish with mint sprigs.
22. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Bit Difficult
Cuisine: 
Asian
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Rice, Tomato
Interest: 
Holiday, Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
2

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