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Puttanesca Rice Stuffed Tomatoes on platter with basil

Karen’s Puttanesca Rice Stuffed Tomatoes

Intensely Flavored Rice Salad with Mediterranean Flavors: Olives, Onions, Garlic, Capers and Fresh Herbs – Served Cold or Room Temperature. 
A wonderful side dish or light lunch! Terrific addition to Summer Meals & Picnics.

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Puttanesca Rice Stuffed Tomatoes
Puttanesca Rice Stuffed Tomatoes filled with Mediterranean flavors – best served at room temperature 
Summer Tomatoes will soon be ready to be picked from the vines – and I’m ready for that home-grown flavor! (In the North-East that is…)

These are a hothouse variety with great color and a nice flavor.

These are stuffed with a rice salad and topped with pesto, not cooked!
Puttanesca Rice Stuffed Tomatoes: Hallow out tomatoes to be stuffed
Hallow out tomatoes to be stuffed
Puttanesca Rice Stuffed Tomatoes: Hallow our tomatoes - save tops for dicing
Hallow out tomatoes with a sharp small knife – save tops for dicing, pulp for it’s juice 
Hallow out tomatoes with a small sharp knife – salt lightly and invert on a paper towel until ready to stuff.

The Method:

Make the Long Grain Rice.. Sauté all the Puttanesca Flavoring Ingredients and add to the rice while still warm – Stuff the tomatoes and refrigerate.
To serve: Top the rice with drizzle with pesto and fresh herb sprigs and serve cold or room temperature.
Tomatoes do taste best at room temperature – I take them out of the refrigerator half an hour before serving. Or you can refrigerate the rice filling and stuff into room temperature tomatoes…

Options:
This recipe is easily Vegan (can make the pesto with nutritional yeast in place of parmesan; omit anchovy) ~ But… you could add Feta or Goat Cheese crumbles to the rice… toasted Pine Nuts would be nice on top too!

Sauté onions, garlic, chopped tomatoes, and olives ~ then fold in the cooled rice
Sauté onions, garlic, chopped tomatoes, olives , anchovies, capers and chili flakes ~ then fold in the cooked rice
The filling for the Stuffed Tomatoes:
  • Sauté Onions and Garlic in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Add Diced reserved Tomatoes, Sliced Olives, Capers, Anchovies, Chili Flakes and Sea Salt
  • Add reserved Tomato Juice and Cooked Long Grain Rice – mix all together; add thinly sliced basil
  • Garnish a drizzle of Pesto and Herb Sprigs
Puttanesca Rice Stuffed Tomatoes
Puttanesca Rice Stuffed Tomatoes – a flavorful, light summer dish

Enjoy this healthy Summer dish!
Karen

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Try: Karen’s Pasta Puttanesca with Fresh Tomatoes

Karen's Pasta Puttanesca with Fresh Tomatoes
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Puttanesca Rice Stuffed Tomatoes on platter with basil

Karen's Puttanesca Stuffed Rice Tomatoes

Intensely Flavored Rice Salad with Mediterranean Flavors: Olives, Onions, Garlic, Capers and Fresh Herbs - Served Cold or Room Temperature.  A wonderful side dish or light lunch! Terrific addition to Summer Meals & Picnics. These are stuffed with a rice salad and topped with pesto, not cooked!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 4 medium perfectly ripe tomatoes
  • 1 cup cooked white rice* see recipe long-grain
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons onions diced; sweet like Vadalia
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic minced or finely grated
  • 1/3 cup diced tomatoes (from the tomato tops)
  • 1/2 cup sliced olives*
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 whole anchovy filet minced (from canned)
  • 2 pinches hot chili flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato juice (reserved form the tomatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil very finely chopped (chiffonade)

Garnishes:

  • 1 tablespoon Basil Pesto
  • 4 medium herb sprigs

Instructions

  • Cook rice (see recipe below.) Use when warm to grab the flavors.
  • Cut tops off tops of tomatoes - save tops. Scoop out tomato meat, juice and seeds - add to a bowl; reserve. Sprinkle insides of tomatoes with kosher salt, invert on a paper towel.
    Dice tomato meat from the "tops" discarding the core.

Saute Flavoring Ingredients:

  • In a 8 " skillet, add EVOO, set heat to low. Add onions and garlic; cook 2 minutes until just softened. Add the diced tomatoes, and cook to flavor 2 minutes.
    Add the olives, capers, anchovies, hot chili flakes, salt & pepper and cook 2 more minutes.
  • Strain 2 tablespoons of "tomato juice" from the reserved tomatoes - add to pan. Add the cooked rice (still a little warm), stir well to combine. Use the remaining pup and juice for another recipe.
  • Add the sliced basil. Invert the tomatoes - stuff with the Rice Puttanesca Mixture.

To Serve:

  • Serve at room temperature. Drizzle each with Pesto - garnish each tomato with an herb sprig; basil, oregano or marjoram. Serve over fresh basil leaves... pretty!
  • Stuffed tomatoes can be stored in a sealed container for up to a day in the refrigerator. Rice can be made ahead of time and added to the tomatoes later too.

Notes

Cooking Long Grain Rice: Cook 2 T. onion in 2 teaspoons EVOO, add herb sprigs (I used fresh oregano.) Add water (one part rice; 2 parts water) and a pinch of sea salt and cook over low heat until water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork. Do not overcook - rice should be separated. 
Olives: I buy quality olives marinated in oil, not canned, then slice thinly.
This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer.
COURSE: First Course & Sides, Main dish, side salad
CUISINE: American, Mediterranean
Nutrition Facts
Karen's Puttanesca Stuffed Rice Tomatoes
Amount per Serving
Calories
139
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
437
mg
19
%
Potassium
 
382
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
1268
IU
25
%
Vitamin C
 
21
mg
25
%
Calcium
 
43
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Puttanesca Rice Stuffed Tomatoes on platter with basil

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