Minty Lamb-Stuffed Tomatoes

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Lamb is delicious but sometime the leftovers can seem fatty or strongly-flavoured. Try this stuffed tomato to use up leftover cooked lamb-it’s full of Mediterranean flavours of feta, tomato and mint.

Tags: Advanced, 20 Mins, Entrées, Lamb, Holiday Insider’s Report 2011
Serves: 6
Skill level: Advanced
Prep time: 20  minutes
Cooking time: 42  minutes
Total: 62  minutes

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Ingredients

6 large ripe field tomatoes, about 2.3 kg
3/4 cup (175 mL) PC Long Grain Parboiled Rice
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp (25 mL) tomato paste
1-2/3 cups (400 mL) chopped leftover cooked lamb (about 7 oz/210 g)
250 g PC Feta Cheese , chopped
1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh mint
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Using paring knife, slice tops of tomatoes so that opening is about 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) wide; discard tops. Using teaspoon, scoop seeds and pulp into a bowl. Set tomato shells and bowl of pulp aside.
  2. In small saucepan, combine rice and 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  3. In large nonstick frying pan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion and garlic for 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until softened. Stir in reserved tomato juice and pulp and tomato paste. Cook for 5 minutes or until sauce consistency.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Spray 11 x 7-inch (2 L) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Set tomato shells in dish; they will be touching each other.
  5. In large bowl, stir together tomato sauce, cooked rice, lamb, two-thirds of the feta, mint, salt and pepper. Divide mixture among tomato shells, pressing filling down with back of spoon to fill shells as much as possible. Sprinkle with remaining feta.
  6. Bake in centre of oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through. Serve garnished with additional mint, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Per serving:
410 calories
fat 18 g
sodium 570 mg
carbohydrate 40 g
fibre 5 g
protein 22 g

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