Tuesday, September 4, 2012

DRY FARMED EARLY GIRLS STUFFED WITH HERBY RISOTTO

Paul and the kiddos have gone back to school, that Fall crispness is creeping into the air, but I'm not ready to let go of summer yet. Apples and figs are making their debut at the market, but luckily for me, summer goodness is still the show stopper. Peaches and melons continue to be super tasty and tomatoes are heaven. The piles of heirloom beauties always stop me in my tracks, yet the sweetness and pure tomatoiness of Dry Farmed Early Girls make me swoon.

In Greece earlier this summer, we ate stuffed tomatoes whenever we could and I've been wanting to make them at home. We stuffed the Early Girls with an herby risotto and I had to share with you guys...

INGREDIENTS thanks to Canal House Vol 1 by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton
{printable recipe}
  • a dozen Dry Farmed Early Girls, or 8 medium tomatoes
  • 6 tablespoons Carnaroli or Arborio rice
  • handful parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt

    Preheat oven to 400.

    Slice of 1/4 off the bottom of each tomato, and set bottoms aside. Carefully scrape out tomato flesh into a medium mixing bowl and place the hollow tomato cups on a baking tray or dish.

    Break up the tomato flesh with the back of a spoon. Mix in rice, parsley, garlic, and 4 tablespoons olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Scoop rice/tomato mixture back into the tomato cups and cover them with the reserved tomato bottoms. Drizzle olive oil over the tomatoes.


    Bake in the hot oven for 40-50 minutes or until rice is tender and cooked through.

    Serve at room temp with a leafy green salad on the side. Enjoy!


    52 comments:

    1. Scrumptious stuffed tomatoes! What a lovely filling.

      Cheers,

      Rosa

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    2. Thanks Rosa! I hope you are well:)

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    3. Risotto sounds like the perfect stuffing for tomatoes! I'm especially intrigued to see that you're cooking the risotto in the tomatoes themselves, instead of cooking separately and then putting the stuffed tomatoes under the broiler.

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      1. Eileen, isn't that an interesting technique? Reading it in Canal House made me so curious to try it. The risotto got totally infused with the tomato flavor. A few of the top grains of rice were a bit crispy, but I didn't mind.

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    4. Funny, you should have this here...we've been making several different types of stuffed tomatoes that are just waiting for an appearance on the blog (before tomato season is over!). Your version looks delicious and is so pretty!~ Thanks for your comments about the college drop off. Sigh. I am not the clingy sort (honest!) but it is a definite adjustment to not have someone around who has been around for 18 years. I know I'll adjust because she sounds wonderful and independent on the phone and that is what any parents longs to hear!! Have a great week.

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    5. Sarah, I cannot imagine what it will feel like when my first kid leaves home (6 more years doesn't even seem that far off). I think I will feel pretty forlorn, but I will attempt a stoic attitude especially if he seems as happy as your daughter does. That's all we really want as parents right, independent and happy kids!

      Looking forward to seeing your stuffed tomatoes. Seems like the possibilities are endlessly delish!

      xo
      E

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    6. I love stuffed tomatoes and I never had them with risotto before, it looks really good and screams Summer, I love it!

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      1. I'm holding on to summer while I can... though I had on a wooly hat and slippers this morning;)

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    7. Mmm...this looks messy and delicious. Tomatoes are my favorite, and as much as I love fall, I will be quite sad when tomato season ends and we have to wait until next year...

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      1. Me too! I just went to the market for yet another bushel of tomatoes. I'm hanging on to summer!
        xo

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    8. take-my-fucking-breath-away gorgeous. as usual.
      getting some early girls today.
      so. much. fun.
      xoxo

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      1. Thanks dude! Huge smile over here.
        xxoo
        E

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    9. I often make a similar dish, but with some grated cheese in the rice mixture. This version looks delicious and gorgeous too and I'm gonna remember the idea of using risotto rice! Really love the red colors, exactly the last summer feeling...

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      1. Thanks Denise.... Here's to these last days of summer!

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    10. Mmm, tomato candy! Dry farmed tomatoes are so incredibly sweet and irresistible. Roasting them makes them even more so. ;)

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      1. Totally Carolyn! I've been roasting up Early Girls and sticking them into the freezer so that I have some in the dead of winter. That flavor is SO good!
        xo

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    11. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm. So amazingly beautiful. Cant wait to try to make them. Love the contrasts of the surfaces and textures, with the colors. terrific.

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      1. Thanks! I had some messy fun making these guys:)

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    12. You read my mind Erin! I have loads of tomatoes in the garden (hooray!) and while they are still green, I know some of them will be stuffed with rice and herbs and roasted til amazing perfection. Counting the days :)

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      1. Oh lucky you Renee! Nothing beats homegrown tomatoes - yum!
        xxoo

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    13. I haven't made stuffed vegetables for years! My Mum always used to do them for us when we were kids and I used to love her 'spicy rice tomatoes'... You've reminded me that I need to make this kind of thing more often. Yum.

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      1. So glad I could jog your memories of stuffed tomatoes:) They are so classic and easy. I think you'd like the risotto too.
        What did your mom put in her stuffed tomatoes to make them spicy? I bet they were good!
        xxoo

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    14. Oh summer, so wonderful and lovely. I feel like it didn't even really start here, which is quite unfortunate given that we're already moving into fall. Fall is welcome by me, though, I'm so excited to pull out my down vests and sweaters. I've missed them:)

      Cheers to the last of the summer produce! Be well, xoxo

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      1. Emma, Even if the weather doesn't feel so summery here either, those sweet tomatoes remind me that it is summery warm somewhere close by:)

        Stay cozy over there, xxxooo
        E

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    15. I've always wanted to make stuffed tomatoes and never have! They look so good! I guess I'm scared of ruining the tomatoes while removing the insides :) But I will try this!

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      1. Jane, I'm late to making my own stuffed tomatoes too. Who knows why it took me so long!

        In terms of scraping the flesh out without damaging the insides...a few tips.... First, make sure the tomatoes aren't too too soft. Second, if you happen to have a grapefruit spoon, it works really well for scraping out the innards.

        xxoo

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    16. What a great side dish and so pretty on the plate. It makes my mouth water. I have to give this a try.

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      1. Oli, it's super easy and versatile, {and GF of course} - I think you'd love it:)

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    17. Wow Erin, these looks gorgeous and sounds yum! Why let go summer when we still have the chance to enjoy it a little bit more :)

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      1. Here Here Kankana. And who knows... maybe Indian Summer is still heading our way?
        xxoo

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    18. Early girls?! What a brilliant name for a tomato :-) xx

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      1. Do you guys get Early Girls down your way? They are a wonderful varietal.
        Hope you're well Emma!
        xo

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      2. Nah I don't think so? I've not heard of them before, but they do sound great :-) xx

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      3. Well, If you ever stumble upon them, give em a try. They don't look terribly exciting, but the flavor can't be beat!

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    19. These tomatoes look so so good! Tomato season has just begun to peak here in Colorado, due to our climate, and I've been eating them like crazy. I must make some stuffed ones before it's over.

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      1. Same here, Jess. It looks like tomatoes will still be happening around here throughout the month of September. Fingers crossed!
        xo

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    20. I don't think tomatoes could look any more beautiful than they do in your first photo.

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      1. Oh my! You are too kind to me.

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    21. This is exactly the kind of dish that I've been craving!

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      1. The relished, summer comfort food, right?

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    22. Oh wow, this sounds so so good. I'm trying to hang on to summer tomatoes for a long as possible! Love the step by step shots

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      1. Thanks Stephanie, I was just reading that tomato season may last much longer this season because of all the weird weather. Is that true near you?

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    23. What an amazing and simple dish! I bet the sweetness of the roasted tomatoes shined through this dish. Need to make this very soon. Lovely photos. Hope you have a great weekend!!!

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      1. Having a great weekend over here and I hope you are too Lisa. I bet you'd love this dish. Let me know if you end up trying it out.
        xo

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    24. Stunning photos, Erin! I am really enamored with the idea of "cooking" risotto inside tomatoes. Brilliant!

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      1. Isn't that interesting Kathyrne, it's such a simple solution to cook the risotto inside. A few of the top bits were a bit firm, but overall the technique worked really well.

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    25. What an amazing pictures! And recipe itself - delicious and healthy. Love it!

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    26. As ready as I am for Fall to start, I'm not ready to let go of the summer cuisine just yet! The yummy light salads, ice creams... well, you know what I'm talking about. But this dish seams like a perfect transitional meal. Perfect for both seasons. I've been wanting to roast tomatoes with bread crumbs on top. But I might have to try this first. :)

      xo,
      Christina

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      1. Christina Marie, I feel the same way. Summery comfort food may just be the transition we need:)

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    27. These were pretty yummy, but the risotto was quite crunchy on top... not really in a bad way, but definitely not cooked all the way, and it was time to take them out- the tomato juice in the pan was burning... We used basil instead of parsley.
      -k

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    28. These look incredible!! Can't wait to make them! Thanks!

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    So good to hear from you... I appreciate each and every note you leave for me!

    Thanks,
    E

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