Stuffed tomatoes

Motivation

Everything started with my friday trip to the market. There where lots and lots of tomatoes and I also found some mint for which I was searching some time now. So beside the cherries I filled my bag with tomatoes and mint. Arrived at home my grandmother stuffed tomatoes came to mind so everything was set: I will make stuffed tomatoes / rosii umplute cu carne

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg large tomatoes
  • 300 – 500 g minced meat
  • 1 onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup boiled rice. In my case I did not used any rice because I had too much meat already and I was not very sure of the proportions
  • green stuff like dill or lovage. I used mint which I have to agree it’s not very romanian as a habit.

Preparation

  • clean the tomatoes
  • cut the top with a knife and remove the inside with a sharp spoon, to form a cup, leave under 5 mm of tomato meat but be careful to keep the integrity of the tomato
  • put in a baking tin enough tomatoes to fill the tin
  • sprinkle the tomatoes interior with salt and pepper
  • separately cut and brown the onion
  • add the minced meat and rice and cook until the meat is 95% cooked
  • remove from heat
  • add the chopped mint, the egg, salt and pepper and mix
  • I’ve seen this recipe done with 2-3 eggs and lot of flour added but this is not a pudding
  • with a spoon fill the tomatoes with the mix
  • don’t force press the meat inside
  • add just a bit of the tomatoes interior on the top to avoid drying up the meat on top
  • cook in the oven for 30 minutes
  • enjoy
  • if you wonder what to do with the tomatoes interior then you should know I mixed it in a blender with some more mint, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup water, refrigerated and used as a refreshing drink

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