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This is a fabulous recipe to help use some of those beautifully ripe tomatoes in your garden. If you use extra large tomatoes you may want to add in a little more (sausage, bread and/or cheese) when making the filling. Using a homegrown tomato with a lot of flavor just makes this recipe. I like to use large cupcake baking cup liners to help hold the tomato upright on the pan. I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as we have!
- 4 large tomatoes
- 8 ounces bulk sausage
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2⁄3 cup onion, diced
- 2⁄3 cup celery, diced
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced (or 1 tsp dried)
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced (or 1 tsp dried)
- 1 cup bread, torn into small pieces
- 1⁄2-2⁄3 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or use fresh cut into small pieces)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- fresh parmesan cheese, grated
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Coat cooking pan large enough to hold tomatoes with cooking spray (or use cupcake baking cups to hold tomatoes in pan).
- Slice top off tomatoes large enough to remove inside (about top third or less. You want to be able to fill the tomato easily).
- Remove inside of tomato with spoon or melon baller. I find a grapefruit spoon with serrated edges works well for this.
- Arrange tomatoes in pan secured in baking cups if using; set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium heat brown sausage, stirring to crumble (about 5 mins).
- Add butter, onion, celery and garlic and continue cooking until onion softens, stirring occasionally (3-5 mins).
- Add rosemary, oregano and bread. Cook and stir 2 more minutes.
- Add in chicken broth, mozzarella cheese and season with salt and pepper.
- Fill tomatoes with sausage mixture.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, or until tops are browning and tomatoes are softened.
- Sprinkle with grated Parmesan Cheese and cook another 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted.