Tomatoes here are used as a container for a delicious Spanish stuffing
Preparation time: 20mins Refrigeration time: 1hour Serves: 4 Recipe Ingredients:
8 small tomatoes
4 hard-boiled eggs
6tbsp garlic mayonnaise
1tbsp chopped parsley
1tbsp white bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut out the core with a sharp knife and making a '+' incision on the other end of the tomatoes. Put the tomatoes in a pan of boiling water for 10 seconds, remove and plunge into a bowl of iced or very cold water to stop the tomatoes from cooking and going mushy. Slice the tops off the tomatoes, and just enough of their bases to remove the rounded ends so that they will sit squarely on the plate. Remove the seeds and insides, either with a teaspoon or small, sharp knife.
Mash the eggs with the allioli -or the mayonnaise, salt, pepper and parsley. Stuff the tomatoes, firmly pressing the filling down. Replace the lids at a jaunty angle. If keeping to serve later, brush them with olive oil and black pepper to prevent them from drying out. Cover with cling film and keep. If you use shop-bought mayonnaise or allioli, add white breadcrumbs until the mixture reaches the consistency of mashed potatoes. Refrigerate for 1 hour, and then slice with a sharp carving knife into rings. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
If you would like to make this a vegetarian course, leave out the chicken and add more vegetables or tofu. The secret to making a good curry is to check that your spices are fresh and to cook them until they are aromatic and have lost their ‘raw’ taste.
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