Sweet and Spicy Stuffed Tomatoes

I love this time of year when tomatoes are ripening on the vine.  There is nothing so tasty as eating a tomato freshly picked, still warm from the sun.  Although tomatoes are available all year around, I especially like them in the autumn when they seem to have a flavour all of their own.

Tomatoes can be stuffed with so many different ingredients but I recently made these spicy ones as I had some minced beef in the fridge and I decided to make them using Ras el Hanout spice mix, apricots and pistachios.  The result was delicious – sweet juicy tomatoes filled with a spicy, fruity, nutty meat mixture.   I filled the tomatoes earlier in the day and they kept well in the fridge until evening, when I cooked them.

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Chopped apricots, pistachios and Ras el Hanout spice mix

INGREDIENTS:

4 large tomatoes
8oz lean minced beef
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped (optional)
Handful of dried apricots, chopped
Handful of pistachio kernels, chopped
2 teaspoons Ras el Hanout spice mix
Olive oil

METHOD:

Gently sauté the onion (and garlic, if using) in a splash of olive oil until soft.

Add the beef mince and cook over a medium heat, stirring continuously until the beef has browned.

Stir in the Ras el Hanout spice and mix thoroughly.

Add the apricots and pistachio nuts.

Set aside to cool.

2016-09-07_124906053_b6cd7_iosSlice the top off each tomato and carefully scoop out the membrane and seeds leaving a firm outer shell.

Pack each tomato with the spicy meat mix, carefully pressing down the meat.

Rest the sliced-off top onto the meat mix if desired.2016-09-07_125328731_efc09_ios

Place on a baking sheet, or to prevent rolling over, in a bun tin.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 180°C until the tomato is cooked and the filling heated through.

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Delicious sweet and spicy stuffed tomatoes

Serve with a fresh green salad or an assortment of vegetables.

NB:  All photographs used in this blog have been taken by me, and are of food I have prepared myself.

 

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