Baked Tomatoes Recipe with Basil, Cheese, and Walnut

Baked Tomato

This is a terrific baked tomatoes recipe. I love tomatoes roasted and topped with garlic, bread crumbs, and butter, but I think this toasted walnut, basil, and cheese topping has it beat. These roasted plum tomatoes make an awesome vegetarian dish with more than enough substance to satisfy even the most carnivorous craving.

Baked Tomatoes Recipe Ingredients:

4 PLUM TOMATOES (roma is a type of plum tomato)
½ cup toasted WALNUTS
½ cup fresh BASIL
½ cup ROMANO CHEESE (or sub Parmesan cheese)
2-3 cloves GARLIC
some OLIVE OIL, dude
SALT and PEPPER (to taste)

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Slice off the bottom of the tomatoes so they sit flat on the baking sheet.

Baked Tomato Recipe Directions:

Slice tomatoes lengthwise in half, and then slice a sliver off of the rounded backside so that the tomatoes rest flat.

Using a fork, tenderize the tops of the tomato halves, but do not poke the fork all the way through.
Arrange tomatoes on a baking sheet.

Season tomato tops with salt and pepper, and then coat the tomato tops lightly with olive oil.
Bake in an oven preheated at 500 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, or until the edges of the tomatoes begin to brown.

While the tomatoes bake, place chopped basil, toasted walnuts, shredded cheese, fresh ground pepper, and garlic in a food processor and pulse conservatively until the topping ingredients resemble tabouli.

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Use about equal parts of toasted walnut, cheese, and basil…and garlic to taste.

Remove tomatoes from the oven. Add any oil and juices on the baking sheet into the blended basil/walnut/cheese topping. Also add ½ to 1 tsp olive oil if desired. Mix ingredients and then mound the topping evenly over each tomato.

Return tomatoes to the oven and continue baking at 500 degrees F for another 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, turn oven to broil and let tomatoes broil 1-2 minutes longer, or until tops have browned; watch them closely!

And that’s it. Let them cool for a few minutes and serve. It’s a great appetizer, side, or can even be the main course of a vegetarian meal. The blended topping has a terrific, meaty texture. The baked tomatoes are quite filling, and delicious. I hope you like it!

Baked Tomatoes
This baked tomato recipe is beyond delicious…definitely give it a try!

Definitely give this Baked Tomatoes Recipe a try and let me know what you think, and bon appétit!

And for another great vegetarian dish, try this Baked Jalapeno Poppers Recipe.
jalapeno poppers

Stewed Prunes w/ Orange and Ginger

stewed prunes recipe

Stewed prunes are a tasty breakfast side or snack –even a passable dessert, if you don’t have a clear understanding of what a dessert is. Orange and ginger make this stewed prune recipe naturally sweet and flavorful.

Stewed Prune Ingredients:
2 cups pitted PRUNES
1 Tbsp ORANGE ZEST (minced)
juice from 1 large ORANGE
1-2 tsp minced fresh GINGER

prunes stewed with orange
prunes stewed with orange and ginger

Zest 1 large orange. Use approx. 1 tbsp of minced zest for this recipe. Juice the orange.
In a small saucepan on medium heat, add the prunes and orange juice. Add just enough water to cover the tops of the prunes (don’t use too much water). Stir in the orange zest and minced ginger. Some folks like to add a little brown sugar or maple syrup for added sweetness, but I don’t think it’s needed; prunes are sweet enough and the orange juice will add plenty of natural sugar (I’d only add extra sugars if I were using the prunes for a dessert application). Cover and allow saucepan come to a bubble. Reduce heat to low, and simmer gently for 25-30 minutes. The liquid will cook down and the prunes will plump up.
And that’s it. Eat them plain or serve them with yogurt or cereals. They make a great breakfast side. Some people like to treat them like a dessert–even serving them with ice cream–which isn’t my style, but whatever floats your boat.
Stewed prunes make a tasty treat and are a great source of fiber and nutrition.
Prunes can be stewed up with all manner flavors. Some popular additions to stewed prunes are cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, brown sugar, and maple syrup.
Pitted prunes make a great snack all on their own, and stewing them up makes them a little more versatile. Give this stewed prunes recipe a try and let me know what you think…and bon appétit!

Prune Fun Facts:
Prunes are high in fiber and a natural laxative.
The word “laxative” is not very appetizing.
Ounce for ounce, prunes contain more potassium than bananas.
Prunes are fat free.
Prunes can reverse bone loss and preserve bone structure, reducing the risk of brittle bone fracture.

Serve stewed prunes as a side for this fancy-pants Poached Egg w/ Spinach & Smoked Salmon Breakfast.
poached egg salmon spinach

pitted prunes
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