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Fresh Tomatoes Stuffed With Rice And Cheese

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Ingredients
  Ripe tomatoes 8 Large
  Kosher salt To Taste
  Olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Chopped scallions/Scallions 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), minced
  Converted rice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Dry white wine/Dry vermouth 2 Tablespoon
  Chicken stock/Canned broth 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Chopped basil/1/2 cup minced parsley mixed with 1 teaspoon dried basil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Mozzarella cheese 8 Ounce, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  Lemon juice 2 Tablespoon
  Freshly ground pepper To Taste
  Freshly grated parmesan cheese 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
Directions

1. If the tomatoes do not stand straight, cut a small slice off the bottom of each. Carefully core the tomatoes. Scoop out and reserve the tomato flesh, leaving a firm wall on all sides. Sprinkle a little coarse salt into each tomato, invert onto a rack and allow to drain while you prepare the filling.
2. In a saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Saute the shallots and garlic over moderately high heat for about 2 minutes, then add the rice. Toss for a minute or so, then add the wine. Reduce for a couple of minutes, until almost dry, then add the broth. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and partially cover the pot. Simmer until the rice is almost cooked but still quite firm, about
15 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer the rice to a large bowl and set aside to cool slightly.
3. Meanwhile, remove the seeds and squeeze excess juice from the reserved tomato pulp. Chop the pulp coarsely and add to the rice in the bowl.
4. Preheat the oven to 350°. Toss together the rice, basil (or parsley and dried basil), mozzarella, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
5. Stuff the tomato shells with the rice mixture, mounding it slightly on top. (Use any surplus rice for a rice salad, adding oil and vinegar to taste.)
6. Place the stuffed tomatoes in a shallow baking pan (preferably not aluminum) and sprinkle the Parmesan over each. Drizzle 3/4 teaspoon of the remaining olive oil over each tomato. Add hot water to the pan to a depth of about 1/2 inch, and bake until the tomatoes are tender but still intact, 15 to 25 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Continental
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Tomato
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
65 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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