"I'm a recent college graduate who's just starting to become an everyday cook. This is one of my childhood favorites and a nice alternative to stuffed peppers," says Ruth Schleusener of Stockton, Kansas.
Total TimePrep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
- 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
- 4 medium tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup 2% milk
- 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 egg white
- In a saucepan, bring broccoli and 1 in. of water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and set aside. Cut a 1/2-in. slice off the top of each tomato; with a spoon or melon baller, hollow out each tomato, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Discard pulp. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice into each tomato; place upside down on paper towel for 10 minutes to drain.
- Meanwhile, in a skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. In a bowl, combine the flour, milk and broth until smooth. Stir into onion mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in Parmesan cheese, basil, salt, pepper and reserved broccoli. In a bowl, beat the egg white until stiff peaks form. Fold into broccoli mixture.
- Place the tomatoes in an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish. Spoon the broccoli mixture into each tomato, mounding in the center. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and the tops are golden brown.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 118 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 345mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.
Originally published as Broccoli-Stuffed Tomatoes in Light & Tasty June/July 2002