This turned out to be an excellent use for some tomatoes that had sat on the kitchen counter a bit too long and had become soft but were still sound.
As is typical for my recipes written up from cooking on the fly the ingredients and instructions are not precise. I'm not at all sure about the baking time for this recipe since I baked this batch in my wood burning Beehive Oven in the falling heat after baking some bread.
Core the tomatoes and cut them in half horizontal to the stem ends. Place them cut side up in a baking dish that has been smeared with some olive oil. Sprinkle the cut sides of the tomatoes with some salt and fresh ground pepper and scatter some chopped basil on top.
Whirl a few slices of stale but not dry rustic bread (you can leave the crusts on), preferably part whole wheat, in a blender to make medium fine crumbs. Heat a couple of tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in a saute pan. Add a couple of cloves of chopped garlic and stir briefly, add the bread crumbs and some crushed dried oregano and some crushed red pepper flakes to the pan and saute until the bread crumbs become crispy. Mound the crispy bread crumbs onto the tomatoes. Pour a couple of tablespoons of dry vermouth into the pan and bake in a 350F oven until the tomatoes are hot, about 20 to 30 minutes perhaps. Serve immediately.
|Natural Yeast Bread baked in my Beehive Oven|
When I fire up the Beehive Oven I like to take full advantage if I have the time and the other day I did. I used the hot coals left from the fire that I made in the oven to heat it up to roast some red peppers and used them in one of my husband's favorite salads. The recipe is from one of my favorite Spanish cookbooks La Cocina de Mama by Penelope Casas.
The oven is very hot, about 600F when I put the bread into it. By the time the bread is done the oven has cooled to about 350F and I can put other dishes into it to bake in the falling heat. I managed to assemble the squash blossoms and tomatoes in time to get them into the oven as soon as the bread came out. We had quite a feast that night.