Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes

When I found out that Oprah was holding an open casting call/audition for her new “Own” television station, I couldn’t wait to apply!  I’ve spent the majority of my life dreaming and telling everyone my grandeur ideas.  But, I have a bad habit of not following through with those aspirations.  This year, I decided to turn over a new leaf and take action.  No more wasting time dreaming about what could be.  Instead, I want to take the steps to make those dreams a reality.

In order to portray who I am while showing my culinary point of view, I had to come up with a recipe that would essentially be “Katie on a plate” (in less than 3 minutes!)  With my food, I really value using seasonal, local ingredients in recipes that are packed with flavor yet still healthy (without being diet food).  For my featured recipe, I wanted to come up with something that utilized seasonal vegetables with other ingredients you can find at any grocery store.

I love these tomatoes because you can mix up the stuffing and use tons of different ingredients to switch up the flavors.  They work great paired with a salad for a light summer dinner, or you can make a big batch as a side dish for a large crowd.

stuffed tomato recipe
Couscous Stuffed Tomato Recipe

yields 1 dozen

1 dozen medium sized “on the vine” tomatoes

1 box of couscous
1 can of garbonzo beans, chopped
1/4 cup of toasted pine nuts
1/4 cup chopped basil
1/4 cup chopped spinach
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 shallot (or half an onion) chopped
1/4 cup italian breadcrumbs
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan
olive oil

stuffed tomato recipe

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Slice a very thing section off the bottom of the washed tomatoes to allow them to stand up without rolling around.  Then slice off the tops and scoop out the insides with a spoon or melon baller.  Spinkle the interior of the tomatoes generously with salt and then place upside down on a papertowel for 30 minutes.  (If you skip this step, all that moisture would combine with the couscous mixture to make for a soggy stuffing).

In the meantime, pour the couscous grains into a large mixing bowl.  Refer to the couscous box to find out the recommended amount of water to use to cook the grains.  Bring that amount of water to a boil and once boiling, pour over the couscous.  Stir together and cover with a lid for 5 minutes so the grains will steam and absorb the hot water.  After 5 minutes, mix the garbonzo beans, pine nuts, basil, spinach, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper into the couscous.

In a small saute pan, cook the shallots over medium-low heat with about a tablespoon of olive oil.  As the shallots start to become translucent, add in the garlic and a pinch of salt.  If the pan is dry, add more oil.  After adding the garlic, saute for about 30-60 seconds longer, or until you can start to smell the garlic and it softens.  Add the cooked shallots and garlic into the couscous mixture and stir to combine.

In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs and parmesan.

Spray a glass baking dish with non-stick spray. Spoon the mixture into the tomatoes and top with about a teaspoon of the breadcrumb mixture.  Place the tomatoes into the baking dish.  Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the breadcrumb topping.

couscous stuffed tomatoes
Bake uncovered in the 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the tomato skin starts to split and soften.

Eat right away.

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Comments

45 Responses to “Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes”
  1. I love stuffed tomato recipes…. all variations… this recipes seems mouth-watering… Thanks for sharing.

  2. Joey McFeron says:

    Tomorrow is grocery day and I am going to pick up the ingredients for this recipe! It looks delish. Your mom and I had fun tonight at Lombardi’s tasting San Juan and Whidbey wines…missed ya! The whites were so-so, the reds were goooood. No leather purses this time. One of them was described in the literature as having notes of “graphite”. Really. I didn’t taste the pencil lead myself. ;o)
    Love,
    J

  3. Katie says:

    Thanks Joey! I know you’ll love this one! The possibilities are endless : ) I missed you guys at Lombardi’s, but I went to a wine tasting this weekend. I swore that I smelled bacon in one of the wines and everyone thought I was crazy until the winemaker mentioned “essence of smoked meats” haha

  4. Katie says:

    Thanks Neel! I love your site and book marked it. I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot of time on there : )

  5. Wow, these look wonderful. Thanks for visiting my site. Your blog is beautiful – love the photos, and your recipes are… well, they are making me drool all over my keyboard! I should know better than to check out new food sites when I’m hungry. ;)

    Good luck with the OWN audition!

  6. Kirstin says:

    Great job on the video! You definitely chose an easy, video-worthy recipe to make, and it made me hungry to watch it! Good luck with the audition!

  7. Thanks for visiting! I still need to try your blueberry curd recipe! I’ve bookmarked your site and hope to browse it often : )

  8. Sandy Uberuaga says:

    I am so proud of you! Beautiful food…

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