Baked Tomatoes

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I have a tonne of tomatoes in the house. Every time I go to the supermarket I forget that I already have a mass and put another bag in my trolley. It’s like a nervous tick. I am terrified that I may go the fridge one day and have less than 3kg. Normally, the tomatoes I cook with either go into a salad or into a pasta sauce but here’s a great little recipe for baking them. It intensifies the flavour and is a great side dish for meat or fish. This recipe was adapted for 2-3 people, but just double it up and it’ll work for 4-6 people.

RECIPE:

INGREDIENTS:

3 large tomatoes
Salt
1 clove garlic
1 anchovy fillet
1 1/2 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley (finely chopped)
100g breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil
Pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Cut the tomatoes in half horizontally. Gently squeeze out the seeds and juice. Sprinkle with salt and leave for 10 minutes. Place upturned in a collander and let the juice drain out for 1-2 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels.
Preheat the oven to 220ºC.
In a pestle & mortar, pound together the anchovy and garlic into a paste. Add the parsley and pound more. Arrange the tomatoes in an ovenproof dish facing upwards. spread a little of the anchovy mixture over each tomato. Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs then drizzle over the olive oil and a little pepper. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Cool for 3-4 minutes before serving.

SERVING:
A side dish with anything from fish to meat, chicken etc.

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