Preheat oven to 180°C
- 2 ripe thick-fleshed tomatoes
- 4½oz fresh spinach
1 garlic clove
- 2 tablespoons of butter
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
- Salt & Black Pepper
Finely crushed croutons or breadcrumbs to garnish
Trim a ¼ inch slice off the top of each tomato and carefully spoon out the inside with a teaspoon.Pick over and wash the spinach, removing any tough stalks.Peel the garlic clove and skewer on the tips of a kitchen fork.Heat the butter in a frying-pan until it is golden brown. Add the spinach all at once. Stir immediately, with the garlic fork, add the nutmeg, salt and pepper and continue cooking for about 2-4 minutes until the spinach is bright green and quite tender but not shapeless. Drain off and discard any excess moisture from the spinach then pile it into the tomatoes.Top with the crushed croutons or breadcrumbs.
Put the stuffed vegetables on a baking tray and warm them in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes.Garnish with fresh herbs
I doubt that I will have the patience to go through all that! Sounds very tempting though!
It does sound yummy, but I take the easy way. I mix the insides of the tomatoes. with albacore tuna and mayonnaise and return it to the tomatoes, which are eaten cold and raw. If I have them on hand I use small shrimp and sweet gherkins instead of the tuna. At times I chop onion in the mix and serve on lettuce.
Mm! Variations on a theme? Let’s think…. a bit of finely grated cheese
Mixed with the crumbs? a small anchovy on top? chopped black olives?
I have an idea… If they are great big “beef” tomatoes why not crack an egg into them and bake them? Spinache on top?
Ramana – They are not that difficult really!
Darlene – Interesting alternatives!
Magpie – I new I could depend on you for ideas!
Popeye would just love that.
Maynard, I have to admit that I don’t know much about Popeye. Did he do anything else other than eat spinach?
I always enjoy posts on food. Being a Taurus and all that, not that I believe in that stuff! I checked my birthday details and it was nice to get all that info about my birth date.
Grannymar, he chased Olive Oyl and beat up Brutus. All because he ate spinach. Now Maynard has been a spinach and Popeye fan because of that brainwashing.
Gaelikaa – I love all the variations and suggestions that are made each week to my recipes.
Ramana – Is that what happened to Maynard! 🙄
I’m going to make this for lunch right now. Sounds gorgeous.
George, Enjoy lunch!