#SundaySupper Greek Stuffed Tomato Recipe and Growing Herbs #ChooseDreams

I’m so excited to be a part of this weeks #SundaySupper with American Family insurance.  The theme of the week you ask?  Recipes from the Garden!  Yay!  I’ve mentioned several times lately that I am so anxious to plant our garden.  I love the excitement of turning dirt, seeds, and a little elbow grease into food for our family.  It’s extremely satisfying for me.  It is a dream of mine to be able to grow enough fresh produce, that it would satisfy our families produce needs for the entire year.  Unfortunately we don’t have a lot of space and we can’t quite get there yet but that is the goal.  For now I am happy to have fresh produce from our own garden throughout the summer and during a few of the winter months.  What we can do though is have fresh herbs throughout the year.  Herbs are great because they don’t require a lot of maintenance and you can grow them indoors with little space.  I used Italian Parsley and Oregano from our herb garden in the Greek Stuffed Tomato recipe I’m sharing with you today.  I love creating a great recipe that my family will love but creating it with fresh herbs that we’ve grown ourselves is even better.

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Have you grown your own herbs before?  If not, why?  Maybe it seems a little overwhelming but the best way to get started is to just do it!  Every gardener has failures along the way but the great thing about failures is they teach you how to be successful.  To grow most herbs all you need is a sunny window.  No special lights or equipment are needed.  The best herbs to grow inside are basil, parsley, bay, chervil, chives, oregano, rosemary, sage, tarragon and thyme.  I have found basil and parsley to be the easiest to grow and you can grow them from seed so no need to spend more money on buying fancy plants.  If you have children or grandchildren they are going to love watching them sprout from seed.  Heck I’m not a child and I love it!  So, grab some little pots, some potting soil and seeds and start with some basil and parsley.  You are going to be so surprised by the punch of flavor that fresh herbs will add to your recipes.

Do you grow herbs already?  If not do you think you might try?  I’d love to hear your tips, challenges or successes.  You can still make these Greek Stuffed Tomatoes if you don’t have fresh Italian parsley and oregano but make sure to purchase the freshest you can find.  The recipe is really simple but the fresh herbs add a great flavor that canned and bottled just doesn’t provide, at least in my experience.

If you are using fresh Oregano then you will want to prep it a little in advance so that you can dry it.  Simply cut some of the oregano off of your plant with kitchen shears and then wash and dry it.  Throw away any discolored leaves or woody stems.  Preheat your oven to the lowest temperature, if you have a gas stove then the pilot light will do the trick.  Strip the leaves off of the stems and cut the herbs into 1/4” pieces.  Spread in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Place in the oven for 2 to 4 hours – times will vary depending upon climate, humidity etc.  You are waiting for the leaves to get to a point where they crumble easily between your fingers.  You can store any leftover dried oregano in a sealed container in a dry dark place. I like to store mine in the freezer.

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Greek Stuffed Tomato

Ingredients

  1. 4 extra large tomatoes
  2. 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives – halved
  3. 3 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley – chopped
  4. 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  6. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  7. 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  8. 2 cups cucumber – peeled, diced and seeded
  9. 1 cup green bell pepper – diced

Instructions

  1. Cut a thin slice off of the top of your tomatoes.
  2. Scoop out all of the pulp and discard.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl and then stuff into tomato.
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Serve and enjoy!

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About Tammy Northrup

Mother of five sons and one daughter, grandmother to two spunky girls and five of the sweetest boys ever, wife to a mostly amazing man .. okay he's all amazing most of the time, blogger, food lover and onion hater.

Comments

  1. I love greek style food and stuffed in a tomato is just perfect! What a nice light dish! It looks just amazing!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted…Strawberry Basil Pasta Salad #SundaySupper #ChooseDreamsMy Profile

  2. I definitely grow herbs and I can’t wait to use them for these stuffed tomatoes (and with fresh-picked summer tomatoes too).
    Renee recently posted…Chimichurri Skirt Steak for #SundaySupper #ChooseDreamsMy Profile

  3. I adore stuffed tomatoes…and now I know what to make with the leftover feta in my fridge! Your tomatoes look divine!!!
    Liz recently posted…Summer Pasta Puttanesca #SundaySupper #ChooseDreamsMy Profile

  4. What a great stuffed tomato! I can not wait to try this with some of my own. Love the fresh herbs!

  5. Yummy yummy! I love anything Greek flavored. All those veggies just look delicious.
    Lane @ Supper for a Steal recently posted…Quinoa Tabbouleh #SundaySupper #ChooseDreamsMy Profile

  6. Love the tips for drying oregano. And I love this recipe. I’ve done Mediterranean stuffed tomatoes many times, but as a vegetarian main or hearty side dish because I use couscous or quinoa, but I love the idea of making it almost like a Greek salad cup.
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips recently posted…Lemon Herb Slow Cooker Roast Chicken for #ChooseDreams #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Brianne. As much as I like to think I have tried many different foods it seems there’s always new ones to try. I’ve never tried quinoa although I have some in my cabinet. I need to do that soon.

  7. I love stuffed fresh ripe tomatoes, they’re the best!

  8. Mmmmm…kalamata olives and tomatoes! I want that for lunch TODAY!
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious recently posted…Orange Things Fruit & Vegetable SmoothieMy Profile

  9. I love growing my own herbs and can’t wait to try this beautiful recipe. Thanks for the inspiration Tammy!!

  10. What a fun side dish recipe! I love growing herbs too. They add so much flavor to dishes like this!
    Courtney @ Neighborfood recently posted…Three Cheese Naan Pizza with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Arugula #SundaySupper #ChooseDreamsMy Profile

  11. This looks like a fabulous summer treat! I have to try these!

  12. I love Greek-inspired anything, and these stuffed tomatoes are definitely calling my name. They look so delicious!
    Alida recently posted…Rosemary Cornbread #SundaySupper #ChooseDreamsMy Profile

  13. Yes, growing your own herbs is easy and gratifying. Love your recipe

  14. Now I *really* can’t wait for our tomatoes!
    Sarah recently posted…Fancy British “Pub Sauce”My Profile

  15. Yum! Your tomatoes look gorgeous.

  16. I just love everything about this! Those gorgeous tomatoes and filled with greek flavors!

  17. I love anything with the Greek flavors and I can’t wait to try these stuffed tomatoes! Perfect for a summer picnic.

  18. The tomatoes sound delicious! Thanks for the great tip on drying the oregano and storing it in the freezer! pinning!

  19. chopped greek salad is one of my favorite lunch meals. This way of preparing looks like so much fun!
    Cathy recently posted…Recipes from the Garden, Individual Indian Corn Pudding Soufflés, #SundaySupper #ChooseDreamsMy Profile

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