Turkish-Style Stuffed Tomato Recipe

Turkish-Style Stuffed Tomato Recipe

Turks like to stuff things, and this Turkish-style stuffed tomato recipe is no exception.

Dolmas

Dolmas are a family of stuffed dishes in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. This tomato dolma is filled with a fragrant meat filling and simmered over low heat until just cooked. The result is a delectable dish perfect for lunch, light dinner, or first course. Other common dolmas include stuffed grape leaves, stuffed zucchini, and stuffed peppers, just to name a few.

Stuffed Tomato Recipe for Vegetarians

If you don’t eat meat, don’t despair, you can still enjoy this recipe! Stuff the tomatoes with Selva’s Summer Pilaf and you’re in business. Another option is to use bulghur or cracked wheat like in this recipe.

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Easy Healthy Dinners

For a full meal, this recipe goes great with any type of salad. Try an Arugula and Apple Salad recipe, or just shredded cabbage dressed with lemon juice, salt and olive oil for a refreshing accompaniment.

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Turkish-Style Stuffed Tomato Recipe

A classic Turkish recipe, Etli Domates Dolmasi.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Turkish
Keyword: stuffed tomato recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 5 as a main course
Author: Aliye Aydin

Ingredients

  • 10 large firm tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup basmati rice
  • 1 pound ground beef or lamb
  • 5 Tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons black currants
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water

Instructions

  • Slice almost through the stem end of each tomato, but do not sever as it will serve as a cover. Scoop out inside of each tomato with a teaspoon. Save pulp from 4 tomatoes and set aside. (You can use the remaining pulp in place of diced tomatoes in another recipe. It freezes well).
  • Coarsely grate onion. Heat 2 Tablespoons butter in a saucepan and cook the onions until soft. Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add rice, cover and simmer until the rice is cooked, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Put the cooked rice, meat, pine nuts, parsley, mint, spices, currants, tomato pulp, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix thoroughly by hand. Stuff the tomatoes with the mixture and dot with the remaining 1 Tablespoon of butter. Place the stuffed tomatoes in a heavy shallow pan, add the chicken broth or water, cover and simmer 20-30 minutes until the meat filling is done. As the dolmas cook, add some water if necessary. Serve hot with fresh, crusty bread.
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