How to make it

  • Make Stuffed Tomatoes:
  • Cut off and discard top third of tomatoes and scoop out insides (leave shells intact for stuffing), transferring to a sieve set over a bowl to drain excess liquid. Coarsely chop tomato from sieve and reserve for making braised eggplant.
  • Sprinkle insides of tomato shells with 1/2 teaspoon salt and drain upside down on a rack set in a pan while preparing filling.
  • Simmer lentils in 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan until just tender, 18 to 20 minutes. Drain in a sieve, then rinse under cold water and drain well.
  • Heat oil in a 5-quart heavy pot over moderate heat until hot, then cook pine nuts, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain.
  • Cook onion in oil remaining in pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Add bulgur, chard, remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper and cook, stirring, until greens are wilted, about 2 minutes. Add remaining cup water, then remove from heat and let stand, covered, until bulgur is tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Stir in pine nuts, currants, parsley, dill, lemon juice, lentils, and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon filling into tomato shells. Serve with the delightful Yogurt Garlic Sauce. Wow!
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  • Make Yogurt Garlic Sauce:
  • Mash garlic to a paste with salt using a mortar and pestle (or mince and mash with a heavy knife). Stir together garlic paste, yogurt, and lemon juice.
  • **Sauce may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.

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  • foodfight 5 years ago
    Holi moli! This reads like a list of my favorite things.
    I know what I'll be making tonight..... thanks
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  • chuckieb 7 years ago
    Wow! This looks amazing. Printed off to try!
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    waterlily ate it and said...
    This sounds fantastic!
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    Vickie I love this have all of the ingredients ready.
    I am going to make some with tomatoes and some with sweet peppers.
    another great entry from Florida
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    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    Wow is right!! Many of my favorite flavors and textures all in a sweet ripe tomato... How could it get any better. What a great recipe Vickie... You are the one....

    Answer to Joymarie's question. To find Pinebutts. Turn the Pine Nut around.... ;-)~~~
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    berry ate it and said...
    Vicky... I love these flavors... you are great!
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    " It was excellent "
    misslizzi ate it and said...
    These look so healthy, hearty and delicious! I think I'm going to make this as a main dish and add a side salad for a light lunch. I'm trying to stick with the lighter grouprecipes these days and these tomatoes fit the bill!
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    " It was excellent "
    chriesi ate it and said...
    Sound really good. I was searching for some tomato stuff. Going to try this somewhen.
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    " It was excellent "
    bluewaterandsand ate it and said...
    Sounds fantastic! I also like the ingredients that are in this.
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  • rosemaryblue 10 years ago
    Such a good recipe! Love lentils, and every ingredients listed!
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    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    you got my 5 but tell me where to get pinebuts??
    Now that's funny I will have this tomorrow for sure..lovely!
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