Stuffed Smoked Tomatoes
I love smoking veggies; these Stuffed Smoked Tomatoes are stuffed with a bunch of fantastic ingredients and are a perfect side to have with the rest of your meal. This post first appeared over at Noshing With The Nolands.
This recipe is one that we have played around with over the past few years; I think we have almost perfected it! They are so good; they can be the star of the show too and be enjoyed as a main dish with a great salad to accompany them.
If you like roasted tomatoes or stuffed roasted tomatoes you are going to love these smoked tomatoes. They are stuffed with mushrooms, bacon, onion, and garlic, of course! Although they do take a little time to put together the results are definitely worth the effort.
How To Make Stuffed Smoked Tomatoes
- Large Beefsteak tomatoes
- Parmesan cheese
- Whipping cream
- Bread crumbs
- Salt and fresh ground pepper
Start with large firm, ripe tomatoes. Cut off the top and remove the flesh from the inside and reserve, being careful not to puncture the skin.
Place them on an aluminum foil pan or a small aluminum foil wrapped baking pan and set aside. Saute up the onions, garlic, and mushrooms in butter until soft.
Add the tomatoes that you reserved earlier, season with salt and pepper and continue to cook.
Then add the bacon, cream, cheese, and bread crumbs to the pan and stir to combine. Salt the inside of each tomato and spoon the mixture in, until full.
How do you smoke a tomato?
Prepare your smoker and heat to 225 degrees F, then add your wood chips. You can use a fruitwood like apple or cherry; you could if you like use something else like hickory or even oak. Often times I will mix my wood chips which creates a nice mix of flavors in the food. Once your smoker is ready, and you have your tomatoes stuffed, simply get them in the smoker.
Smoke them for about one and a half hours, or until they are heated through. You will want to serve them warm, but they can be held in a warming drawer or low oven for a while if needed.
HOW TO SERVE A STUFFED SMOKED TOMATO
As you can see from the picture the skin does split and becomes loose as the tomatoes cook in the smoker. If you prefer, you can remove the skin of the tomato after it comes out of the smoker just before serving.
This is totally your preference but it does present a nice even stuffed smoked tomato on the plate.
Either way, with the skin on or the skin off, you are going to love these little tasty gems!
What veggies are good to smoke?
You can smoke almost any vegetable and they will absorb a nice smoky flavor. I do find that the fleshy veggies, like tomatoes, work particularly well in the smoker.
Just make sure your vegetables are of even sizing. This helpful guide will get you started in smoking and loving vegetables done this way.
- 4 large Beefsteak tomatoes
- 1/8 cup of butter
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms
- 1/8 cup diced onion
- 1/4 cup crumbled crispy bacon
- 3 TBSP grated parmesan cheese
- 1/8 cup of whipping cream
- 2 TBSP dry bread crumbs
- Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- Cut off the top 1/2 inch of each of the tomatoes and remove the pulp from the inside. Be careful not to pierce the skin of the tomatoes, reserve the pulp.
- Place the tomatoes on an aluminum foil pan.
- Salt the inside of each of the tomatoes.
- Seed and chop the pulp.
- Prepare your smoker and heat to 225 degrees F.
- In a medium fry pan melt the butter over medium heat.
- Add the onions, mushrooms, and garlic to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the tomato pulp and pepper and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until tender.
- Stir in the crumbled bacon, parmesan cheese, whipping cream, and bread crumbs, stirring to combine, remove from the heat.
- Stuff the mixture into the tomatoes dividing it evenly between them.
- Place them in the prepared smoker and smoke for 1 1/2 hours or until warmed through.
I use a fruitwood such as an apple or cherry wood; you could also use hickory for a different flavor.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 380mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 6g
Recipe calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is estimation only. If you need nutritional calculations for medical reasons, please use a source that you trust.