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Mexican Stuffed Tomatoes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

5 red tomatoes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 jarred pimentos, drained and chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1/2 zucchini, 1/4" dice
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed in palm of your hand
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons bread crumbs, dried
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Cut the tops off 4 tomatoes and trim a thin slice off the bottoms so that they will sit upright easily. Hollow out the tomatoes with a spoon over garbage bowl or sink. Season tomatoes with salt and pepper. Remove stem of remaining tomato. Seed and chop tomato.
  2. In a bowl, combine chopped tomato, pimentos, onions, zucchini, jalapeno, lemon juice, oregano and cilantro or parsley. Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over the bowl. Add extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the bowl in a slow stream or about 2 tablespoons. Toss mixture to combine and season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Fill the empty tomatoes with stuffing and serve.
Cuisine: Mexican
Holiday: cinco de mayo