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my grandma's rice stuffed tomates à la provençale

my grandma's rice stuffed tomates à la provençale

my grandma made my mum tomates provençale when she was little and my mum made tomates provençale for me. on a recent trip to france my grandma arrived home from the markets one morning and opened up a paper bag containing some of the most amazing tomatoes i've ever seen. she said excitedly "i'm cooking something special tonight..... "  i observed while she cooked and transformed them into mouth watering vessels of provincial flavour. she served them with a sparkle in her eye and i knew it was a dish close to her heart. i hope to someday make this for my children, or maybe just attempt to feed some to my furry child (wednesday my cat) jokesss... she refuses to eat anything other than her dry cat food. so, for now i thought i'd share the recipe on the blog :)

traditional tomates provençale are simply tomatoes baked in garlic, parsley and breadcrumbs. this is a stuffed version using fresh herbs, nuts, cheese and rice (which my grandma and mum prefer to use instead of the classic soaked bread and bread crumbs). it is the perfect light and healthy lunch, dinner, entree or side dish. it's a great recipe for entertaining as it is easy to prepare. adding sausage meat or mince into the mixture is an option or you can go in the complete opposite direction and take out the cheese to make this vegan friendly. 

one of my favourite parts about tomates provençale is removing and eating the little tomato lid where the cheese, rice and olives have melted into a perfect little mouthful inside. it is the first bite i take every time :o


most recipes on dérrive are a rough guide and base. i believe cooking is intuitive and you can always add more or less of something and adjust measurements to suit you and your taste buds and personal preferences :)

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 large firm and ripe tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp shallots or spring onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups of cooked basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp herbes de provence
  • 3 tbsp of sliced olives, capers or a combination of both
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • a handful of fresh flat leaf parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan or gruyere and a little extra for sprinkling on top

METHOD

1 /   preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. wash and prepare the tomatoes by cutting about 1/3 of the top off, (which you will keep to use as a lid). then scoop out the inside of the tomatoes with a spoon, getting as much of the liquid and pulp out as possible. place tomatoes and lids on a plate and set aside

2 /   in a large bowl add rice, garlic, shallots, herbes de provence, olives, capers, toasted pinenuts, parsley, salt, pepper, a big drizzle of olive oil and grated cheese. stir to combine

3 /   using a spoon, stuff tomatoes with rice mixture. add a little more grated cheese on top then place tomato lid on top and drizzle tomatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. cook in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes. sprinkle fresh parsley to serve

bon appetit! xx 


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dérrive recipe - my grandma's rice stuffed tomates à la provençale www.derrive.com #tomatesprovencale #stuffedtomatoes #provicialcooking #frenchcooking #tomatoes #frenchrecipe #homecooking #easyrecipe
dérrive recipe - my grandma's rice stuffed tomates à la provençale www.derrive.com #tomatesprovencale #stuffedtomatoes #provicialcooking #frenchcooking #tomatoes #frenchrecipe #homecooking #easyrecipe
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