Pomodori Ripieni Di Melanzane

Eggplant Stuffed Tomatoes

6 medium tomatoes, ripe but firm
1 tablespoon salt
plus extra salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 pound eggplant, peeled, diced 1/2-inch
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon capers
12 leaves basil, torn
freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Cut a lid from the top of each tomato; scoop out the flesh (reserve it for other use), sprinkle the inside with the salt, and turn upside down to purge excess water for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a wide pan; add the garlic and eggplant, and sauté over medium heat until the eggplant is golden but not brown, about 10 minutes, stirring often to prevent the eggplant from sticking or burning; fold in the scallion, capers, basil, and pepper.

Deglaze the pan with the vinegar, season with salt, and stir well. Cook the eggplant for 1 more minute, or until the vinegar has evaporated; remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Stuff the tomatoes with the eggplant sauté and arrange on a serving platter; serve at room temperature.

Serves 6.

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