TASTY DO-AHEAD TOMATOES

Ingredients: 

  • 1 ¼ pounds ground beef
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • ¾ cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 small sweet green pepper, chopped
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 6 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 ¼ – 1 ½ cups water
  • 8 large medium-ripe Glascock’s Produce tomatoes (about 10 oz each)
  • 2 tbsp plus 2 tspn packed brown sugar

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 325 f
  • Sauté beef and onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until beef losses red color, 6-8 minutes. Add rice and sweet green pepper; cook about 3 minutes. Stir in raisins, pine nuts, cinnamon, 1 tspn salt, ¼ tsp pepper and 3 tbsp parsley, cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in 1 ¼ cups of water. Bring to a simmer; cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until rice is tender. Add additional ¼ cup water is mixture becomes too dry during cooking.
  • Meanwhile, cut off tops from tomatoes; scoop out pulp and reserve.
  • Sprinkle inside of each tomato with 1 tsp brown sugar. Fill each tomato with about ½ to ¾ cup of the stuffing. Place tops bake on tomatoes; place in 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish.
  • Place reserved pulp in food processor or blender. Add remaining salt and pepper. Puree. Pour around tomatoes in baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, in 325 f oven 30 minutes, until heated through. (This can be made ahead, refrigerated, and reheated.)
  • To serve, arrange tomatoes on large serving dish. Add remaining parsley to cooking liquid in baking dish and pour around tomatoes.
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