Parmesan stuffed tomatoes with balsamic glaze

Parmesan stuffed tomatoes with balsamic glaze and brown butter is a delicious side dish that is just perfect for the holiday season. Made with fresh organic tomatoes that are baked in a delicious brown butter, Parmesan,herbs and Panko mixture, these delightful stuffed baked tomatoes are served with a side of balsamic glaze. Need something fancy and vegetarian for a party? Look no further! 

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A few days back D fell sick. I mean seriously ill. Bad case of stomach flu that had me at her sides for three days continuously. Needless to say there wasn’t much less on my mind barring the health of my usually boisterous lil baby now cuddled beside me like a 1 yr old. But something caught my eye on social media. Facebook to be honest. Something that made me see red and ponder and yet again come to the conclusion that India as a nation was simply unfathomable.

For a country with 70% of population falling in the “dusky to dark” complexion category, we Indians are still enamored by the call of the white. Everything in India screams that its the fair skinned women/men who make it big. Truth: Its not always the case. For a nation where so many of the dusky skinned actresses, super models and socialists have shown the world that we are not defined by the color of our skin, we Indians have failed in understanding and living this simple truth.

“I am not defined by my dress size.

I am not defined by the color of my skin.

I am not defined by what you think of me.”

When will we get this? Oh and when will be stop belittling our own for looking like Indians instead of their fairer skinned friends? So yes, I am fair by Indian standards but does that mean things come easily to me or that I don’t have to slog as much at work? If anything, it comes with its own plethora of demerits which I don’t wish to enter into at this point. That’s a topic for another day.  But when a national TV show belittled and made fun of a rising new actress for her dark skin, and then gave it the name of creative freedom, to be honest I felt a little ashamed that I was a part of this creative industry. If we are still thinking and proclaiming such regressive thoughts in the name of entertainment, that too in 2016, what chance does our future have?? For the love of God, please wake up!  A person is much more than what meets the eye, so much deeper than the color of skin, the type of body, or the brand of her clothes. Don’t make me feel bad about my not so fair daughter by shaking your head slowly and whispering “sad D didn’t inherit your color”!! Seriously??? The next person who does this will hear my unhindered opinion on the matter and will get a wake up call of the sort they never knew. This has to stop. Please!! Grow up and forget the unfair obsession with being “fair”. The only way to end this bullshit is by putting a stop to it when you hear some ill informed moron talking about it. Put a stop. Right there. Right then. Sure you may lose a friend or acquaintance, but honestly you are better off without such people!

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Phew!! Sorry for the rant but I just needed to address this. Anyways, it was one of those days and after sometime when the house was asleep and dark, I slowly pushed my drained and tired body to switch on the laptop that’s been shut for 4 days. That’s when I saw these Parmesan stuffed tomatoes in my drafts folder! Drat. I had gone and forgotten about these beauties! I am getting old. Being easily riled up, feeling tired and forgetting things (important things) are a sure sign of old age right? Oh wait.. Is it possible to call yourself old when you are 30, pushing 31?

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So I checked out the images and just remembered how much I had loved shooting these set of pics. It was a violently rainy day. The kind that makes you want to crawl under the blankets with a steaming mug of something hot and delicious, like this roasted red bell pepper and tomato soup, close the windows and read a book. It was a day when I longed for a bit of sunshine after a spate of four grey wet days. And it was then that I decided to go for this simple side dish of stuffed tomatoes. I shared the whole making  process of the Parmesan stuffed tomatoes  on IG stories. I don’t  know if you are following me on Instagram yet, but if you aren’t already, well please do now!

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Parmesan stuffed tomatoes with balsamic glaze and brown butter in itself is a rather easy dish that takes a mere 30 minutes to make.

As is my usual style, I like keeping meals that are fun, fast and fabulous and absolutely love that this super delicious Parmesan stuffed tomatoes falls right into the category. Combine brown butter with loads of Parmesan, panko and herbs, stuff the tomatoes and bake. Its filled with all kinds of good things.

Talking of good things, I must share a great piece of news with you guys. So, get this, me, S of Lapetitchef am now an Editor at The Feed Feed!!! Say whatttttt!!??? I am curating a brand new feed to start with, something that matches my blog’s niche , fast and fun food, so we are talking about Take out at Home! Yes!! Isn’t that something everyone needs? I am hoping to share many such interesting and inspiring recipes on the Feed Feed to help you plan out your meals better and lead a better lifestyle. Thanks so much for all the love.

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Now again, coming back to the Parmesan stuffed tomatoes with balsamic glaze and brown butter, these are pretty versatile to be honest. I kept the stuffing really simple but you can easily stuff it with quinoa or couscous , even rice for a more filling dish. The balsamic glaze is something that’s always in my fridge and we love drizzling it over many things. These caprese crostini wouldn’t be the same without the glaze. Nor would this simple breakfast of strawberry cottage cheese toastie the same without the glaze. Point to be noted:  Dont skip the balsamic glaze! Be a grown up 😛

The stuffing for the Parmesan stuffed tomatoes with balsamic glaze and brown butter is quite possibly the simplest thing ever. Just brown some butter till nutty and the house smells like heaven. Mix that together with parmesan, bread crumbs, garlic salt, herbs (dried basil,rosemary, thyme), stuff the cleaned and hollowed out tomatoes with it and bake at 180C for 20 mins. Remove, drizzled with balsamic glaze and tada…  done!!

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Oh and while you are at it, if someone comes by and says you eat too much parmesan, just walk away. You dont need that kind of negativity in your life. 

Xo,

S. 

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Parmesan stuffed tomatoes with balsamic glaze and brown butter
Parmesan stuffed tomatoes with balsamic glaze and brown butter is a delicious side dish that is just perfect for the holiday season. 30 mins and a delicious, wholesome, classy side dish ready! Perfect for entertaining.
parmesan stuffed tomatoes with balsamic glaze and brown butter
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
herbs:
For the Balsamic Glaze
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
herbs:
For the Balsamic Glaze
parmesan stuffed tomatoes with balsamic glaze and brown butter
Instructions
For the tomatoes:
  1. Start by cleaning the tomatoes. Cut each tomato into half crosswise, and using a suitably sized spoon, scoop out the seeds. Turn the tomatoes upside down and let the liquid drain on a paper towel. Preheat oven at 180C or 350F.
For the stuffing
  1. Start by heating the butter in a pan till it starts smelling nutty and gets browned. Takes 2-3 minutes approx. DO this on low heat and dont leave the butter unattended at this time. Leave aside to come to room temperature.
  2. Now add the Parmesan, bread crumbs, seasonings and brown butter together and mix well. Now take a tbsp of the stuffing and gently fill the scooped out tomato to the top. Sprinkle a little more bread crumbs and seasoning mix on top and arrange them all on a baking tray. Put into the preheated oven and let it bake for 20 mins or till the tomatoes are soft and tender and the stuffing looks golden. if it starts browning too quickly (usually around 17-18 mins for a smaller sized tomato), simply cover with a foil and bake for 20 mins.
For the Balsamic Glaze
  1. In a saucepan pour the balsamic vinegar and the honey. Let it come to a boil . Then simmer for 15 minutes till the mixture is reduced to half and becomes syrupy. Set aside to cool. Make this while the tomatoes are baking. Serve the baked tomatoes with a drizzled of the balsamic glaze. enjoy while hot!
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  1. Truthfully I love everything in this recipe – but you had me hooked with the brown butter! I browned some to make cookies for my duaghter this weekend and commented to my husband that that particular aroma was my all time favorite food-related scent!!! There’s just nothing else like it!!!

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