7.12.2010

Broiled Pesto Tomatoes

This is one of my favorite and easy recipes. Also, they are always a hit with my friends.......very yummy!

2 beefsteak tomatoes
1-1/2 cup of fresh basil, stems removed
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
3 tbsp nutritional yeast mixture*
1/2 cup pine nuts
EVOO

Start by cutting the tomatoes in half. Scoop out all the seeds and "gooey" part of the tomatoes. In a small food processor put the basil, garlic, nutritional yeast mixture, and pine nuts. Add a bit of EVOO and begin to pulse until all ingredients begin to puree. Continue adding EVOO and pulsing until the texture is that of a very wet paste. Most of you have seen pesto, so you know what you're looking for. Spoon the mixture into the tomato halves until full. Put the filled tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Put into a broiler and broil for 2-4 minutes until golden and bubbly on top. Enjoy!

** To make the nutritional yeast topping, grind equal parts of nutritional yeast and flaxseeds in a coffee grinder until the mixture is a powder. This can be stored in the fridge and used as a substitute for parmesan cheese in pesto, soups, pasta, etc.

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