Spicy Stuffed Tomatoes

October  1, 2013
6 Ratings
Photo by Linda Xiao
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour
  • Serves 4 to 6 as a side dish
Author Notes

Call it heresy, but I'd much rather eat my summer tomatoes cooked than raw. This is one of my favorite summer side dishes, adapted from the New York Times's Temporary Vegetarian column: tomato halves stuffed with a green tangle of zucchini, onions, pistachios, and parsley. Don't skip the sprinkle of parsley at the end—the contrast between cooked and fresh parsley kind of makes the dish. —ieatthepeach

Test Kitchen Notes

Though the recipe from which it was adapted recalled the flavors of the Marrakesh souk, ieatthepeach’s Moroccan Stuffed Tomatoes are actually more Mediterranean or Provençal in flavor, thanks to the garlic, thyme, and parsley, which accent the grated zucchini stuffing. The perfect make-ahead summer side, the dish is light (the filling isn’t weighed down by breadcrumbs or rice) yet substantial enough to be served as a vegetarian dinner party dish. Rather than cutting the tomatoes in half, you can also simply slice off the tops and scoop out the core, leaving you ample space in the tomato’s cavity for the pistachio-studded stuffing. —Lauren Shockey

What You'll Need
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 8 medium globe tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup shelled unsalted (raw) pistachios
  • 1 medium yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chile flakes, or to taste
  • 1 pound zucchini (about 3 medium), coarsely grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and position a rack in the middle. Lightly brush a 9- × 13-inch baking dish with olive oil.
  2. Cut each tomato in half around the equator and use a spoon to scoop out the insides. Sprinkle the cleaned cavity of each tomato lightly with salt, then lay the tomato halves cut side down on paper towels to drain while you prep the filling.
  3. In a large skillet, toast pistachios over medium heat, stirring frequently, until they’re golden and fragrant. Transfer the nuts to a cutting board and roughly chop; set aside.
  4. Return the skillet to the heat, add oil, and increase the heat to medium-high. When the oil shimmers, add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the onion is very soft and starting to brown. Add garlic, thyme, and chile flakes, and sauté for 30 seconds to a minute, or until fragrant. Add zucchini and sauté for about 2 minutes, or until the zucchini is just beginning to soften. Remove from the heat and mix in pistachios and about 3/4 of the parsley. Season with salt to taste.
  5. Place the drained tomato halves, cut side up, in the greased baking dish. Divide the filling evenly among the tomatoes. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the tomatoes are soft and the filling is golden on top.
  6. Remove the tomatoes from the oven, and let cool for at least 10 minutes. Top each tomato with some of the reserved parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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6 Reviews

SarahHartnup August 25, 2022
Can you make this the day before, fridge it and cook the next day?
Kim F. September 2, 2020
I believe I may have already left a review for this dish-I love it and served it at a Girls Weekend get together with friends. I made the change of putting fresh grated parmesan cheese on top after it had been heated up and it added so much flavor to the dish. Many raved about this recipe! Thanks!
AniaSweets August 26, 2016
Made these last night, some tweaks since I was concerned that a 100% zucchini filling would be a tad bland so I added some brown jasmin rice (plus I think I was in the mood for rice..) Still worried that they wouldn't be punchy enough (they were the only thing for dinner) I added some butter and lemon into the roasting pan just to spruce it up. Very very satisfying! I think next time will try it with just the grated zucchini but the lemon and butter really made it flavourful.
Smaug August 22, 2016
Morocco's not so unMediterranean itself.
ChefJune August 22, 2016
This recipe looks wonderful, but there's no such word as "roasty!" Come on, you can do much better.
sexyLAMBCHOPx August 28, 2015
looks great!