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CREAMED SPINACH STUFFED TOMATOES

We’re making: Stuffed tomatoes with traditional creamed spinach, spicy ricotta cheese and potato wedges.

CREAMED SPINACH STUFFED TOMATOES

We’re making: Stuffed tomatoes with traditional creamed spinach, spicy ricotta cheese and potato wedges.

CREAMED SPINACH STUFFED TOMATOES

We’re making: Stuffed tomatoes with traditional creamed spinach, spicy ricotta cheese and potato wedges.

How many people does it serve?

This should be an easy question to answer, but in South Africa, it’s complicated, due to our colourful multi-cultural rainbow nation.

  1. In an Anglo Saxon household, each pizza/meal should feed between 4 to 6 guests.
  2. In a Mediterranean, Ethnic or African home it could feed as little as 1 to 3 people for a single meal as food needs to be experienced in large quantities.
  3. If you’re of Scandinavian extraction, each meal could last you a month!

Then we need to look at your emotional state, as that is a determining factor when dealing with quantities.

  1. Have you had a terrible day with your boss?
  2. Did you fight with your spouse?
  3. Are your kids driving you insane?
  4. Is your wi-fi slower than the Groot Trek?
  5. Is the lockdown getting to you?
  6. Did that hot guy from the gym eventually whatsapp you?
  7. How are you doing with those skinny jeans?
  8. Is your mother-in law doing what mother-in laws do?
  9. What season of Game of Thrones are you watching?

All these contributing factors could influence the amount you will choose to eat; Ranging from “just a slice/bite” to “call in the kitchen Calvary we’re going down babies”!

How many people does it serve?

This should be an easy question to answer, but in South Africa, it’s complicated, due to our colourful multi-cultural rainbow nation.

  1. In an Anglo Saxon household, each pizza/meal should feed between 4 to 6 guests.
  2. In a Mediterranean, Ethnic or African home it could feed as little as 1 to 3 people for a single meal as food needs to be experienced in large quantities.
  3. If you’re of Scandinavian extraction, each meal could last you a month!

Then we need to look at your emotional state, as that is a determining factor when dealing with quantities.

  1. Have you had a terrible day with your boss?
  2. Did you fight with your spouse?
  3. Are your kids driving you insane?
  4. Is your wi-fi slower than the Groot Trek?
  5. Is the lockdown getting to you?
  6. Did that hot guy from the gym eventually whatsapp you?
  7. How are you doing with those skinny jeans?
  8. Is your mother-in law doing what mother-in laws do?
  9. What season of Game of Thrones are you watching?

All these contributing factors could influence the amount you will choose to eat; Ranging from “just a slice/bite” to “call in the kitchen Calvary we’re going down babies”!

YOU WILL NEED

SHOPPING LIST

QUANTITIES OF INGREDIENTS

  • 1 x Green Valley’s Traditional Creamed Spinach
  • 12-14 x medium slicing tomatoes
  • 4 x large potatoes
  • 1 x flat tsp chilli flakes
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • ½ x cup ricotta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 x tsp white sugar
  • ½ x cup olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves to garnish

METHOD

How to prepare your stuffed tomatoes!

  1. Firstly, pre-heat your oven to 180˚
  2. Take your 4 potatoes, peel them and slice them into wedges and place into a large bowl filled with water, ensuring all the potatoes are submerged in water. Now microwave the potatoes wedges to par-cook them for 20 to 25 minutes.

Now let’s start with the tomatoes which you’ve already washed and dried.

  1. Using a sharp knife cut about 1-2 cm off each tomato and set the tops aside into a bowl. Don’t throw them away, you’ll be using them later.
  2. With a teaspoon, scoop the inside of each tomato, making sure you leave the outer walls of the tomato intact. All the flesh must be removed but don’t discard it. Cover and keep in the fridge for when you’re making fresh tomato sauce. When you’ve hollowed out all the tomatoes, place them into your pyrex dish or oven tray.
  3. Season the inside of each tomato with a pinch of sugar, a pinch of salt and a pinch of white pepper and set- aside with the tops.

Time to get started on the stuffing mixture.

  1. Take your box of traditional Creamed spinach and in the microwave it goes for 7 to 8 minutes. When done, decant into a mixing bowl.
  2. Now the ricotta cheese, about ½ a cup of grated or crumbled it into the spinach and mix it all in.
  3. Time for some zing, how much, depends on how hot you like it. I put a flat teaspoon. Give it a good mix until all the ingredients have combined thoroughly. At this point you can taste and add some additional salt if you like.

Let’s stuff the tomatoes!

  1. Spoon the filling into each tomato, but be sure not to overfill them – the mixture should be roughly just under the level of the cut, so that there is room for expansion under the tops.
  2. Lastly, place the tomato tops back onto each tomato.

There you go, your creamed spinach tomatoes with spicy ricotta.

  1. Now at this stage, bring your par boiled potatoes , add some salt to taste , give them a toss and now wedge them in-between the tomatoes.
  2. Let’s drizzle olive oil over the top. About ½ a cup, and in the oven they go for 25 minutes.

… and before you know it your 25 minutes are up!

  1. At this point place your oven on grill and allow the stuffed tomatoes and potatoes to cook for a further 3 to 5 minutes, just to get a slightly charred on the top.

And 3 to 5 minute later, you are ready to serve dinner.

Deliciously Mediterranean and oh so more-ish. This is so going to become a staple in your kitchen. And completely meat-free.

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