Tomatoes become a splendid accompaniment to most any meal when filled with rustic ciabatta crumbs blended with pesto and baked.
Tomatoes stuffed with pesto ciabatta
1-1/2 cups ciabatta breadcrumbs
9 ripe, firm, ripe roma tomatoes (or small round tomatoes)
1/2 cup of pesto (homemade or store bought)
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste.
Here’s how to make them:Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Slice the tops off of the tomatoes (save the tops for garnish later). Hollow out the cavities of the tomatoes by gently squeezing them and using your pinky finger.
To prepare the bread crumbs: slice a day old ciabatta loaf lengthwise (so the slices can fit into the mouth of your food processor), using the steel blade attachment process the bread lengths until nicely “crumbed”.
Whatever you don’t use at this time can be allowed to dry out, then stored in an airtight container for future use.
Garnish tomatoes with tops before serving.
Be sure to read ingredients closely when choosing to buy pesto.