Stuffed Tomato Parcels over Tilapia

There's fish under all that juicy, tomato-y goodness!

This recipe from “1000 Vegetarian Recipes from Around the World” started off as a recipe simply for the tomato parcels. Then Jake thought maybe we needed to eat something a little more substantial for our meal. I suggested rice. He suggested fish. He won. I’m actually really glad we tried the fish, because the flavors leeching from the tomatoes (which we placed on top) infused the fish with some tastes we probably wouldn’t have come up with on our own. This would probably be even better with chicken, but I draw the line after seafood, so no chicken this time. For my own defense, it would’ve also been delightful with a pot of brown rice (maybe with some chopped walnuts and parsley mixed into it too…yum). You can try it this way over fish, or chicken breasts, or just make the tomato parcels and some rice.

Stuffed Tomato Parcels
4 tilapia fillets, thawed (if frozen)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons walnuts
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 pound spinach, thick stalks removed and leaves shredded
4 beefsteak tomatoes
1 1/2 cups diced mozzarella cheese
pinch of nutmeg
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Heat the oil in a heavy pan. Add the walnuts to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, till toasted brown.
2. Add the onion and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, till soft but not brown.
3. Add the garlic and spinach, cover and cook for a further 2-3 minutes till the spinach is wilted.
4. Remove from the heat and let it cool.
5. Season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
6. Preheat oven to 400F.
7. In a square baking dish, layer the tilapia fillets.
8. Cut off and reserve a thin slice from the top of each tomato and scoop out the flesh. Do not pierce through the tomato.
9. Chop the flesh and stir it into the spinach mixture along with the cheese.
10. Fill each of the tomato shells with some of the spinach and cheese mixture and replace the tops.
11. Position the tomatoes on top of the tilapia fillets.
12. Spoon extra spinach mixture into the baking dish to fill any gaps.
13. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or till fish is cooked through.

Stuffed Tomato Parcels over Tilapia


3 thoughts on “Stuffed Tomato Parcels over Tilapia

  1. Beautiful. I plant TONS of tomatoes in my garden every spring. I can almost taste them now. This recipe is going in the file. Thank you so much for sharing! Oh … and we love tilapia too.

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