I never met a stuffed tomato I didn't like and who can resist the flavor of bacon, fakin' or not?
This recipe is simple and satisfying as a main dish or you can turn it into an appetizer by using cherry tomatoes and cutting the cooking time in half.
It's the perfect starting bite or quick weeknight meal suitable for vegheads and carnies alike. Dee-lish!
Vegan BLT Stuffed Tomatoes
4 slices Fakin' Bacon, cooked and chopped
3 Roma Tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1/2 cup Romaine Lettuce, diced
1/4 cup Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup Quinoa or Couscous, leftover/cooked
2 tbsp Vegan Mock Parmesan (see below*)
1-2 tbsp Olive or Grapeseed Oil
Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
2 tbsp fresh Basil or Parsley, chopped (optional)
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut tomatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds leaving a firm shell to stuff. Set aside. Cook fakin' bacon, drain and allow to cool.
In a mixing bowl, combine chopped fakin' bacon, lettuce, quinoa or couscous, breadcrumbs, mock parm, pepper and 1 tbsp olive oil. Mix well.
Drizzle some oil into tomato wells. Fill halves with stuffing mixture and sprinkle tops with sea salt as desired. Drizzle remaining oil over the tops.
Roast BLT tomatoes on baking pan or shallow baking dish, 10 minutes or until tomatoes start to crinkle slightly at edges.
Serve warm, with or without fresh basil or parsley sprinkled over the tops. Enjoy! :)
*Vegan mock parm you can buy in a can just like other shakey parms. You can also make your own by pulsing equal parts raw walnuts and nutritional yeast flakes in a blender or food processor, salt and pepper to taste.
*To turn this recipe into an appetizer, substitute cherry tomatoes and cook for a shorter time. Oven temperatures vary so expect to cook cherry tomato halves for two to five minutes or until lightly browned on top and edges crinkle slightly. You can fill a sheet pan with these delights, it's great!
*Have kids help stuff all those little maters to make it fun for the whole family!
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