Monday, September 8, 2008

Pomodori al Riso

A dish Tim and I made in our Rome cooking class
Tomatoes, garlic, basil, and parsley from our CSA

  • 4 large squat-shaped large tomatoes
  • basil
  • parsley
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 heaped tablespoons of Arborio rice
  • grated Parmesan (optional)

  1. Remove stems from tomatoes, turn upside down and evenly cut off bottoms, reserving them. With a kitchen spoon or grapefruit spoon, carefully scoop out the tomatoes into a bowl, leaving the "shell" intact. Reserve all contents.
  2. Place scooped tomato in a blender or liquidizer, add plenty of parsley and basil, garlic, salt, pepper, and some olive oil. Blend until smooth. Place in a saucepan, add rice, and bring to a boil, cooking for about 4 minutes.
  3. Place tomatoes cut-side up in an oiled baking dish, fill up to 2/3 with rice mixture, adding a little water if it's too thick. Close with cut off tops. Spread any leftover rice around tomatoes.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven until cooked, about 30 minutes. You can test by removing one of the tops from a tomato and tasting the rice. It should be fairly al dente.

Recipe Notes:
Traditionally in Rome these tomatoes are baked surrounded by potatoes cut like French fries, adding some water and olive oil. I [the cooking class instructor] prefer the extra rice around them, which is very tasty!

My Notes:
Pomodori al Riso = "Rice Stuffed Tomatoes"
I forgot to reserve the tops of the tomatoes, whoops! Next time. Actually, next time I think I'll make this recipe from Food & Wine instead. The stuffed tomatoes made a nice presentation, but the crispy risotto cooked in the pan tasted even better!

Tim's Rating: 8.5/10 ("I definitely like the crispy risotto from the pan the best.")
Liz's Rating: 8.5/10


Joelen said...

What a great twist on stuffed tomatoes. Looks fabulous as usual!

Erin said...

This looks so good! I have never seen stuffed tomatoes that way, but it looks fabulous!

WeezerMonkey said...

How pretty!

Cate said...

I love stuffed tomatoes and happen to have all the ingredients on hand! I will have to try these!

Maria said...

I really really love your blog! I am glad I found it. The tomatoes look tasty!