Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Seafood Wednesday: Stuffed Tomatoes - Tomates Rellenos

I've been really looking forward to Today's Seafood Wednesday's recipe for three reasons:
  1. It includes some of my favorite ingredients,
  2. It's a very special dish that my Grandmother used to make for me when I was a young girl, 
  3. It's a Chilean dish.

(BTW - Chile celebrated 200 years of Independence this past Saturday, September 18)

I seriously went to the grocery store and got all the ingredients in less than 20 minutes. Now that's a record for me :-) I walked into the store and headed straight to the produce section. I found the tomatoes and sorted through them until I found eight beautifully shaped tomatoes. I split them into two bags to make sure they wouldn't get squished along the way.

notice how well the tomatoes made it home


Fresh tomatoes (2 per person)
Canned Tuna in oil (2 cans to make sure we get a really amount of the fish)
Cooked Rice



1. Rinse off the tomatoes and remove the sticky labels.

2. Remove the stem of the tomato.

*  This is what all your tomatoes should look like now:

3. Here comes the fun part - Scoop out each tomato.

I used a knife to remove the center part and scooped out the tomato.

4. Almost ready to stuff!

5. Having your tomatoes in one bowl, add the remaining ingredients one at a time.  Mix well.

I have got to tell you this was my favorite part of making this dish! The fresh smell of tomatoes with tuna and corn made my day!!!

6. Stuff the tomatoes - it took two full spoons to stuff them.

Now look at all of them:

I started feeling like a Chef at this point :)

7. Get your plates ready! - It's time to eat!

It is Chilean tradition to garnish the stuffed tomatoes with a bit of mayonnaise at the top. You could also use a black olive with a small leaf of basil to decorate the dish.

It is also part of the tradition to serve this dish with white rice.   It's served in a round shape; you could use a cup to obtain the same results.

Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice

Time to eat!

~ The Wife


  1. YUM! Way to go Fabi! The pictures looks great too!

  2. Thanks, Jill!
    Hope you can try this recipe too :-)