“Tomato and basil go hand in hand — very pleasant flavor,” Martin said. “The croutons add a nice texture.”
Try this Italian, fruit-meets-beef dish to take advantage of July’s tomato bounty.
6 large tomatoes (or several smaller ones)
Basil leaves fresh or dried
1 pound ground beef
½ cup chopped onion
1 cup herb-seasoned croutons (use sliced white bread with Ms. Dash)
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Grated Parmesan cheese
Remove the tops of the tomatoes and scoop out the pulp. Turn upside-down and let them drain. Chop the tops and pulp then drain for 15 minutes. Sprinkle the basil around the sides of each tomato cup. In a skillet, brown the beef with the onions. Stir in the pulp, croutons and Worcestershire sauce. Stuff the shells. Sprinkle the tomatoes with cheese. Place in a shallow baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Trim with fresh parsley. Serves 4
Still want to enter a recipe made with tomatoes or blueberries for this month’s contest? The deadline is July 25. Click here.
Hungry for dessert? Try “Blubarb” Pie for dessert.
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