Hasselback or Stuffed Tomatoes with pesto is a low carb, healthy and vegetarian veggie recipe perfect for dinner tonight.
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There are tomatoes, and then there are stuffed tomatoes. Why oh why did I discover stuffed tomatoes right at the end of tomato season? If I had realized how good these stuffed tomatoes were, I would have been making them all summer long. In fact, I actually made them twice in one week. That never ever happens in our house. Furthermore, I cannot wait to make them again.
In addition to using up all those glorious ruby-red summer tomatoes, I also used up a large amount of basil from my herb garden. Soon enough our fresh herbs will be gone, and I will have to wait until next year to enjoy the fruits (herbs) of my husband’s labor. Luckily there is still time in the season to enjoy both summer’s bounty of tomatoes and basil. You can be sure I plan on putting these stuffed tomatoes into heavy rotation until then.
Instead of calling this recipe stuffed tomatoes, you could also call them Hasselback Tomatoes. Hasselback refers to slicing the tomato into an accordion pattern, causing the tomato to fan out. This gives you so many crevices to stuff the pesto mixture in. In addition, you may notice that this pesto has no olive oil. In fact it is quite dry by design. When you broil a tomato, it leaches liquid. With that in mind, I wanted to keep my topping dry. Of course, eliminating oil also eliminated calories and fat. Therefore, I can eat more. Aren’t I one smart cookie?
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- 4 roma tomatoes
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup packed basil
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
Preheat broiler on high.
In a mini chopper, puree garlic.
Add basil to chopper, processing until finely chopped.
Add Parmesan, process until finely chopped.
Slice a very thin slice off one side of the tomato, so the tomato will sit firmly on the cutting board.
Cut 1/4 inch slices into the tomato being sure not to cut all the way through.
Sprinkle bottom and slices of tomato with salt and pepper.
Stuff tomatoes with pesto mixture.
Place on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet.
Broil for 5 minutes.
I calculated 1 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
Adapted from Cook’s Country
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