Sausage Stuffed Tomatoes

Sausage and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground Uncle Charley’s Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 8 medium tomatoes, preferably with stems intact
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon
  • Herbes de Provence
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced, plus a handful of celery leaves
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups bread cubes (from about 1/2 baguette)
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Using a serrated knife, slice off top quarter of each tomato and reserve tops. Scoop out pulp from inside each tomato and transfer to a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and cayenne to food processor and process until smooth; pour into 9x13 inch baking dish.
  3. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage, herbes de Provence, bell pepper, onion, diced celery and garlic. Cook, stirring, until sausage browns, about 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer sausage mixture and bread cubes to food processor and pulse until chopped. Pack tomatoes with sausage-bread mixture so stuffing is domed on top. Put stuffed tomatoes in baking dish on top of sauce.
  5. Place basil, walnuts, cheese and celery leaves in food processor and chop. Sprinkle onto tomatoes. Put tomato tops, cut-side down, between stuffed tomatoes. Bake until stuffing is golden, about 20 minutes. Cover each tomato with a top and serve with sauce.
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