Preprep: Halve tomatoes;
mince garlic, herbs; grate cheese; chop olives.
1. With a spoon (a grapefruit
spoon works best), remove and discard seeds and soft
center of each tomato half.
2. Combine bread crumbs,
garlic, herbs, cheese and olives. Season with salt and
pepper. Spoon about 2 tablespoons filling into each
tomato half; spray with cooking spray. Place tomatoes
under broiler until filling is golden, about 5 minutes.
You can also cook these tomatoes on the grill for a
wonderful smoky dimension.
Easy bread crumbs: Anytime
you have some good bread left over, throw it in the
food processor with some garlic for easy homemade bread
crumbs. Freeze in a zip-top bag to use with recipes
such as Tomatoes Provençal or to add a special
finish to other dishes.
Use fresh mint and feta
cheese, or use parsley and Roquefort cheese in place
of the basil and Parmesan.
Melon Baller - You could
use a melon baller if you don't have a grapefruit spoon.
And of course it can also be used as a melon baller!