Baked Stuffed Tomatoes

stuffed tomatoesThis is a special presentation of simple, flavorful ingredients. It makes a nice dinner dishes for guests.

6 medium tomatoes

1/2 pound ground beef

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

2 cups leftover rice

1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

2 tablespoons butter, melted

2 tablespoons water

Cut a thin slice off the top of each tomato. Leaving a 1/2-in.-thick shell, scoop out and reserve pulp. Invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain.

Meanwhile, in a skillet, brown beef; drain. Add tomato pulp, chili powder, sugar, salt, pepper and oregano; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 45 to 50 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Add rice; mix well. Simmer a minutes till heated through. Stuff tomatoes and place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Combine bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over tomatoes. Add water to baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until crumbs are lightly browned.

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