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Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 17 mins
- 12 large ripe tomatoes
- 1⁄2 lb ground lamb
- 1 medium finely chopped onion
- 2 cloves chopped garlic
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- granulated sugar
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 fluid ounces white wine
- 6 tablespoons long-grain white rice
- 2 fluid ounces water
- 2 sprigs of fresh mint
- 1 pinch grated nutmeg
- salt and pepper
- Wash the tomatoes then turn each one stem side down, and with a sharp knife cut the end to make an opening, leaving a"cap" on the tomatoes.
- With a small spoon, scoop the pulp out of the tomatoes into a bowl.
- Place the tomato shells in a baking dish.
- Sprinkle the inside of the shells with salt and sugar.
- Heat the oil in a skillet and add the onions.
- Cook over low heat until the onions are soft then add the garlic and parsley, and blend.
- Add the meat, the wine and water.
- Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the rice and tomato pulp and stir.
- Cover the skillet and simmer for 7 minutes, then add salt, pepper, mint and nutmeg.
- Remove from heat, and fill the tomatoes up two thirds of the way with the stuffing and liquid.
- Cover with the tomato caps and brush each one with oil.
- Bake at 350°F for 60 minutes.
I really loved them. So did my guests, it seemed. The only trouble i had, which is not part of the recipe but a trouble with the tomatoes is that i had a hard time with the stem. I bought huge tomatoes and they have very big, spread stems, it was a bit hard to carve around that. Other than that, it was a wonderful recipe and will definitely be made again.
The proportions and flavours were really good but I think that more detailed instructions on the oven part for the cooking-challenged like me would have been helpful. Since I also stuffed some peppers as they do in a Greek tavern near me, I was wondering if that changed the cooking time at all and if I should have put other things too. But it was the only recipe for yemistes that I found that had meat which is what I really wanted!