BAKED TOMATOES GRATIN ITALIAN-STYLE: authentic Mediterranean!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 8 medium rounded tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 oz (110 g) bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 2 tbsp Pecorino cheese (optional)
  • 3 anchovies fillets in oil (optional)
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • as needed table salt
Instructions
  1. SCOOPING THE TOMATOESFirst of all, cut the tomatoes lengthways into two identical halves. After that, scoop the tomatoes pulp paying attention to not punch the caps. A sharp edge spoon is the best choice: I commonly use a measuring spoon, it works perfectly! Save the pulp, it will be part of the stuffing.After that, pour a pinch of salt into every tomato cups, and place them upside down over a grate for at least 1 hour, in order to lose as much liquid as possible.
  2. PREPARING THE STUFFINGNow, pour the tomato pulp in a blender along with the garlic, the parsley leaves, the oregano, the capers, the black pepper, 3 tbsp of olive oil, and optionally 3 anchovies fillets and the grated Pecorino cheese. Mix until smooth, then combine with the breadcrumbs. Salt to taste.At this point, soak up the tomato cups with a clean towel, and fill them with the stuffing. Finally, grease the outer surface of the tomatoes with a thin film of olive oil and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  3. BAKED TOMATOES GRATINPre-heat the oven to 355° F (180° C). Once the oven is ready, bake the tomatoes gratin about 30-40 mins, depending on how much cooked you like them. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Recipe by philosokitchen at https://philosokitchen.com/baked-tomatoes-gratin-italian/