Joanne suggested roasting the tomatoes - I haven't tried that, but it's only February. So what do you do with firm tomatoes with no flavor? You stuff them! That unripe exterior perfectly holds the filling, which is so full of flavor you won't even notice that the tomato is missing it. It becomes a blank, flavorless canvas on which to paint.
And like any good artist, I paint with lots of colors. Which is also another excuse to use spinach - you know I love that stuff, and unlike tomatoes, spinach is delicious in the winter.
2 large tomatoes
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp chopped basil
1 Tbsp chopped onion
1/2 cup cooked spinach
1/8 cup sliced water chestnuts
3/4 Tbsp olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 400. Coat a baking pan with just enough oil so the tomatoes won't stick. Cut a slice from the top of each tomato and scoop out the pulp- making sure to leave enough of shell so the tomatoes don't fall apart.
- Sprinkle the insides of the tomatoes with salt, invert them and let them drain for 15 minutes.
- Squeeze the juice out of the pulp and chop it finely.
- Combine the pulp with breadcrumbs, basil, onion, spinach,and water chestnuts.
- Add the oil and salt and pepper to taste.
- Fill the tomatoes, place in baking pan and bake for 20 minutes.