Potato Basil Puree, I decided to add broiled tomatoes as an extra bonus. I often forget how delicious tomatoes can be, when they are filled with bread crumbs, seasoned with fresh herbs and garlic oil. They're also really easy to make. I've tried a few recipes, but this is my favorite version:
I use Roma tomatoes, sliced lengthwise; seeds and pulp are removed.
Season with salt and pepper...
Slowly, drizzle the garlic-herb oil/butter mixture into the panko crumbs, and combine with a fork.
Fill each tomato...then bake at 350F for 7-8 minutes.
Place a small pat of unsalted butter, and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.
VERDICT: I'll let my son be the judge. You see, he's always hated tomatoes... ever since he was a little kid. Brian looked at his dinner plate, and poked at the tomato suspiciously. He took a bite-- he tasted that wonderful garlic and herb combination, and that buttery crunch of the panko crumbs. His eyes grew big, and he liked it! It took 23 years for me to see the day that he ate a tomato. Now, that's a compliment. The tomato complimented the delicious Basil Potato Puree, perfectly. As Ina would say, "How Easy Is That"?