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Stuffed tomatoes: 5 recipes for the summer!


Gratin tomatoes

The recipe for stuffed tomatoes is a must for the summer: here's how to make them baked or cold for unique summer dishes and mouth-watering second courses!

Stuffed tomatoes are the symbol of Mediterranean cuisine : a recipe that lends itself to any type of filling and is excellent both when eaten cold and after cooking in the oven . However, it is difficult to limit yourself to a single recipe: the variations for the filling, in fact, are many (and all perfect for the summer).

Today we will see many different recipes: that of stuffed tomatoes in the oven (and its variations), which make an excellent second course and the cold one, without cooking, for those looking for a delicious appetizer. If you're ready, let's start with the recipes right away!

Baked stuffed tomatoes

It starts with baked tomatoes in three different versions: au gratin, stuffed with meat or stuffed with rice. If you fear the heat, however, don't worry: all these recipes are also excellent cold the next day!

Among the different types of tomatoes, the most suitable ones for these preparations are the round ones – such as copper tomatoes.

1. Tomatoes stuffed with rice

Tomatoes Stuffed With Rice
Tomatoes Stuffed With Rice

Tomatoes stuffed with rice enriched with seasonal zucchini are a single dish with vegetables perfect for the summer! Making them is really easy and you can also make many substitutions: you can use leftover risotto from the day before (and it will become an excellent recycling idea), add some aubergines or omit the tuna for a vegetarian variant.

Even the next day, cold , they will be delicious. The ingredients are:

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 200 g of rice
  • 100 g of tuna
  • 1 medium sized courgette
  • basil to taste
  • parsley to taste
  • 1 handful of capers
  • Salt to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil to taste

2. Stuffed tomatoes au gratin

Gratin tomatoes
Gratin tomatoes

Stuffed tomatoes au gratin make your mouth water just looking at them, don't they? In our opinion, in this case, the recipe is a perfect original and delicious vegetable side dish (but of course you can enjoy it as you prefer).

The delicious filling is made with breadcrumbs, cheese , capers, anchovies, aromatic herbs and finely chopped garlic; everything is then placed in the oven to brown. To be precise, the ingredients are:

  • 4 tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • pepper as needed
  • extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • breadcrumbs to taste
  • grated cheese to taste
  • basil to taste
  • parsley to taste
  • 10 capers
  • 4 anchovy fillets in oil
  • 1 clove of garlic

3. Tomatoes stuffed with meat

tomatoes stuffed with meat
tomatoes stuffed with meat

We conclude the baked recipes with the version filled with meat , really succulent and tasty. We have used beef, but you are free to choose what you prefer in terms of flavour. The ingredients are:

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g of breadcrumbs
  • 250 g of ground beef
  • salt, pepper and herbs to taste

First of all, you have to cut the tomatoes by removing the upper cap, empty them with a spoon and let them drain upside down . In the meantime, dedicate yourself to the filling by combining minced meat, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and aromatic herbs. Stuff the tomatoes with the filling and place in the oven at 180°C for about 40 minutes .

For the filling of this recipe, however, you can also use leftover ragù . Stuff the tomatoes and put everything in the oven for about ten minutes (cooking is faster since the meat has already been cooked previously)!

Cold stuffed tomatoes

Finally, here's the version without turning on the oven (or stove): cold stuffed tomatoes, which we stuffed with a tasty avocado mousse or with tuna in oil. Here are the recipes!

4. Tomatoes stuffed with tuna and potatoes

tomatoes stuffed with cold tuna
tomatoes stuffed with cold tuna

Tomatoes stuffed with tuna will be snapped up during a buffet with friends! The filling consists of drained tuna and boiled potatoes cut into small pieces; everything is bound by mayonnaise as required . It really is easier said than done!

The ingredients are:

  • 12 medium round tomatoes
  • 250 g of canned tuna in oil
  • 2 small potatoes
  • mayonnaise to taste
  • fresh parsley
  • salt
  • White pepper

5. Stuffed tomatoes with avocado mousse

Stuffed tomatoes with avocado
Stuffed tomatoes with avocado

A version that is very similar in preparation but very different in taste is that of cold stuffed tomatoes with avocado . For the filling, you will have to blend the avocado pulp with yogurt, lemon juice, salt, pepper and aromatic herbs. The taste will be fresher and creamier and the appearance will allow you to make a great impression! One leads to another , you will see!

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 25/30 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 80 g of unsweetened rice yoghurt
  • lemon juice to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • pepper as needed
  • aromatic herbs to taste to decorate

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