This is the time of year that people with vegetable gardens start to get creative.
Perhaps desperate is a better word.
After months of delighting in green squash and yellow squash and fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes and green beans and, and, and…. one almost starts to hope for winter and a butternut squash.
What one does start doing is combining vegetables, like Stir-Fried Chard and Zucchini
Or Baked Tomatoes Stuffed with Chard.
All of the other vegetables seem to have a production schedule: prolific, nothing, prolific, done.
Chard is like the Energizer Bunny: it just keeps going and going….
Creative or desperate? Both.
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Chard Stuffed Baked Tomatoes
We love baked tomatoes… We love them even more when they have a luscious filling of chard and ricotta cheese
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- 2 large tomatoes, 7 – 8 oz each (225gr each), hollowed
- 1 large or 2 small shallots, chopped
- 1.5 oz chard leaves, thinly sliced
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs fresh basil, chopped
- 1 tbs fresh oregano, chopped
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 2 tbs ricotta
- 2 tbs shredded cheese
- Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet.
- Add shallots and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes
- Add paprika, chard and sauté until chard is wilted, about 2 minutes longer.
- Remove from heat and stir in oregano, basil and ricotta.
- To hollow tomatoes:
- Slice the tops off of the tomatoes and scoop out the center with a small spoon.
- Divide chard mixture and fill tomatoes.
- Put tomatoes in a small baking dish.
- Add enough water to equal 1/3 inch (1cm).
- Bake at 350F (175C) for 25 minutes.
- Remove, sprinkle shredded cheese on top of each tomato.
- Return to oven until cheese melts, about 5 minutes.
- Remove and serve.
When I hollow tomatoes I do an initial cross-cut in the center to get started, then it’s easy to finish with a teaspoon.
Keywords: stuffed tomatoes, chard
We are off on our family reunion trip this weekend. We do them every 4 or 5 years and this one has been in the planning for over a year.
It’s been a stressful few weeks here with our poor Bonnie.
We had originally planned on putting both girls in the kennels, as we usually do. When Bonnie started feeling poorly we decided a house / pet sitter would be a better idea. Bonnie seemed to be rallying but we thought it would be less stressful for her to stay in her own house.
Then she died….
We couldn’t possibly put Guapa in a kennel without her sister…..
Thankfully, we had arranged to have the house sitter,stay. He gets along well with Guapa and she seems to really like him.
I made him promise to give her lots of cuddles but not too many pig ears.
I still worry – but I would have worried anyway.
Mon mari says that’s my job – to worry….
On the positive side…. I get to spend a wonderful week with family. It’s been too long!