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Smothered Tomatoes and Rice

Smothered Tomatoes and Rice

This is a variation on a recipe that my French grandmother used to make. It is relatively easy to make, warm and comforting to eat. This recipe feeds six to eight people, perfect for a large family dinner.

2 c. white rice, prepared according to instructions
2 tbsp. olive oil
8-10 roma tomatoes
1 lb. ground pork
2 eggs
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. oregano
1 tbsp. basil
10 oz. grated mozzarella cheese
2 oz. grated or shredded parmesan cheese

Cook the rice according to the directions. Spread it evenly in one extra large, or two large baking dishes. Drizzle the olive oil over the rice. Wash the tomatoes, cut off the tops, and hollow out the middles. Set the tomatoes in the rice so that they stand upright. I cut up the centers and add them to the rice.

In a large bowl, combine the pork, eggs, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and mozzarella. When it is well mixed, spoon the mixture into the tomatoes, and when they are filled pile it on their tops. Sprinkle on the parmesan cheese, and bake the tomatoes in a three hundred and fifty degree oven for one hour. Allow the tomatoes and rice to cool for ten minutes before serving. Enjoy!


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I actually really dislike Oprah Winfrey as a talk show host and television personality.

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I remember being absolutely disgusted at their behavior. Not only that someone who presents her life story as having grown up in poverty would turn around and make fun of the fact that she doesn’t understand how people who are not as well off as her would live, but additionally to think that her audience is so much less intelligent than she is that not one of us would be offended by her behavior.

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