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3 GRAINS STUFFED ROAST TOMATOES
What do you need
- [ ] 4 round tomatoes on the vine
- [ ] 200g of Riso Gallo 3 Grains Rustico Mix
- [ ] 1 black aubergine
- [ ] 1 small bunch of parsley
- [ ] A few leaves of fresh basil
- [ ] 1 tsp of dried oregano
- [ ] 1 tsp of capers
- [ ] chopped
- [ ] 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
- [ ] 1 garlic clove
- [ ] Salt and pepper to taste
Proposed by: Danilo Cortellini
How to prepare:
Wholesome seasonal ingredients paired with amazing Italian grains, this recipe was born for white Arborio rice but I decided to spice it up a little and use the mixed grains of Riso Gallo “3 Cereali” for extra texture and rustic flavour (a mix of rice, spelt and barley that cooks all together at the same time. Brilliant!).
Rinse well and cut the tops off the tomatoes, creating a little hats for them. With a spoon, carefully remove the seeds and the inside pulp of the tomatoes without breaking them. Remember to save everything at this stage.
Now blend the pulp and pass it trough a fine sieve to get rid of the seeds. Season with salt and pepper and add 2 tbsp of oil, the capers, oregano, chopped parsley and garlic. Rinse the 3 Cereali under cold running water and soak it in the remaining tomato liquid for at least 1 hour.
Peel the aubergine and cut it in 1 cm thick slices lengthways. Line up the slices in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper.
After 1 hour the grains should have soaked up all the tasty tomato liquid. If not, leave it a little longer. Now stuff the tomatoes with 2 spoons of 3 Cereali each until they are full but not over the top.
Cover with the little hats and put them over the sliced aubergine. Now drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle some extra salt over the tomatoes. Bake at 150/160 for about 35/40 minutes until well roasted.
Check if the grains are cooked, you should now have the tomatoes almost bursting over the top with the 3 Cereali and the grains in the middle will be moist and soft, but still al dente. The top should be roasted and a little crunchy.
Garnish with fresh basil leaves, chopped parsley and finish of with a touch of extra virgin olive oil. Serve in the baking dish.
Chef’s tips: Don’t forget to bake the tomatoes over something “spongy” like aubergines or potatoes to soak up the tasty cooking juices.
You can prepare the tomatoes in advance, but don’t serve them cold from the fridge. They’re so much better if warm or at room temperature.