Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Tomatoes Stuffed with Barley Grits, Red Bell Peppers & Moroccan Oil Cured Black Olives, Wrapped in Samosa Pastry
This recipe is an adaptation of a recipe by Ilva from Lucullian Delights. Please click here for the original recipe.
Before you ask - yes, I'm still cooking with leftovers! I can't wait until tomorrow when I can go shopping again and buy new ingredients.
3-4 Tbsp Barley Grits (cooked)
4 Tomatoes (remove the seeds so that you have a shell you can fill)
1/2 Red Bell Pepper (slice into short thin pieces)
8 Oil Cured Black Olives (seed and cut into 2-3 pieces each)
Parsley (a handful of it chopped finely)
Fresh Basil Leaves (1-2 leaves per bundle)*
Onion (a small amount - finely chopped)
Parmesan Cheese (grated - and put a liberal amount into the barley grit mixture) *
Step 1: Cook the barley grits in water. The ratio should be 1:3 (barley grits to water). Once it comes to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 7 minutes. Don't overcook because we want the barley grits to have a texture similar to couscous.
Step 2: Braise the red bell peppers in extra virgin olive oil until they are soft, crispy and a bit blackened, and then turn off the heat.
Step 3: Mix the cooked barley grits, black olives, tomato seeds & onion into it. Season with salt, black pepper and chili. Mix in the parsley after the mixture has cooled down sufficiently (so that the parsley doesn't cook).
Step 4: Stuff the hollow tomatoes with this mixture.
Step 5: Wrap the tomatoes in Samosa pastry. Click here for the recipe...or substitute with frozen phyllo pastry. If you follow Manjula's recipe for Samosas divide the dough into 4 parts and just roll them out into circles and wrap up the tomatoes.
Step 6: Deep fry the pastries and serve hot....but be careful to let them cool down a bit so you don't scald your tongue.
*Unavailable due to meager rations in my pantry - but you should put these in to make it taste better!
NOTE: I was afraid the bundles of pastry might explode. They didn't but please be careful should you try making them.