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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Seafood Wednesday: Stuffed Tomatoes - Tomates Rellenos

I've been really looking forward to Today's Seafood Wednesday's recipe for three reasons:
  1. It includes some of my favorite ingredients,
  2. It's a very special dish that my Grandmother used to make for me when I was a young girl, 
  3. It's a Chilean dish.

(BTW - Chile celebrated 200 years of Independence this past Saturday, September 18)

I seriously went to the grocery store and got all the ingredients in less than 20 minutes. Now that's a record for me :-) I walked into the store and headed straight to the produce section. I found the tomatoes and sorted through them until I found eight beautifully shaped tomatoes. I split them into two bags to make sure they wouldn't get squished along the way.


notice how well the tomatoes made it home


Ingredients:

Fresh tomatoes (2 per person)
Corn
Canned Tuna in oil (2 cans to make sure we get a really amount of the fish)
Cooked Rice

ingredients


Preparation:

1. Rinse off the tomatoes and remove the sticky labels.


2. Remove the stem of the tomato.






*  This is what all your tomatoes should look like now:



3. Here comes the fun part - Scoop out each tomato.



I used a knife to remove the center part and scooped out the tomato.




4. Almost ready to stuff!




5. Having your tomatoes in one bowl, add the remaining ingredients one at a time.  Mix well.





I have got to tell you this was my favorite part of making this dish! The fresh smell of tomatoes with tuna and corn made my day!!!

6. Stuff the tomatoes - it took two full spoons to stuff them.




Now look at all of them:


I started feeling like a Chef at this point :)


7. Get your plates ready! - It's time to eat!

It is Chilean tradition to garnish the stuffed tomatoes with a bit of mayonnaise at the top. You could also use a black olive with a small leaf of basil to decorate the dish.

It is also part of the tradition to serve this dish with white rice.   It's served in a round shape; you could use a cup to obtain the same results.


Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice



Time to eat!


~ The Wife
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