I hated vegetables as a kid. I really, really hated them. I remember one particular punishment when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I was being really rude and talking back to my mom. She turned to me and said, "Your mouth needs some vitamins, you are going to eat a whole plate of spinach tonight." I was scarred from there on out. Don't get me wrong, I would eat salad and had a particular fondness for many raw veggies, but cooked were not my thing and this was a punishment that I still remember to this day. It truly was torture for me at that time and being a nine year old brat, I am sure the drama I provided to my parents was harder on them than the spinach was on me. As a side note, my children have now provided me with much mouthing off and torture. You know what they say about payback?
In any case, I have recently changed my tune regarding cooked veggies during a ski trip with friends, our friend Eric made the most amazing Stuffed Tomatoes. I have NEVER since my punishment ate any veggie so delicious. I couldn’t find Eric’s recipe, but came across this one for Baked Tomatoes Oregano that were pretty sensational.
I deviated from the original recipe in that I added some bacon, because a little bacon gives almost anything just a little something extra and I know Eric added some bacon to his tomatoes.
Baked Tomatoes Oregano Adapted from the All Recipes website
12 small vine-ripenedtomatoes, cut in half, removing about 2/3 of the pulp
1/8 cup grated Romano cheese
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 clove garlic, minced
2 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Coat a shallow baking dish with cooking spray.
Place tomatoes cut side up in prepared baking dish and sprinkle lightly with salt & pepper. Combine cheese, bread crumbs, bacon garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, and oregano and spoon into tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is lightly toasted.