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Tomato ladybirds

Tomato ladybirds

Tomatoes filled with a tuna mayonnaise and rice mixture, in a fun ladybird shape that kids will love, served with a puree of fresh garden peas. A good way to encourage them to eat vegetables.

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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

For 6 tomatoes, you will need:

How long does it take?

Fulfillment
PreparationCookingStart to finish
1 hour 37 min.10 min.1 hour 47 min.
Preservation:
Several days in the fridge, covered by a plastic film.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
30 min.
Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #1 Peel 6 tomatoes.

Cut across the stalk end to form a flat base, leaving the largest possible dome.
Stage 2
5 min.
Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #2 Remove flesh inside tomatoes with a teaspoon or a pommes parisiennes spoon (easier), and keep all that you remove.
Stage 3
3 min.
Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #3 Salt inside tomatoes, and leve upside down on a tray.

Set aside.
Stage 4
5 min.
Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #4 Dispcard tomato seeds, keeping the flesh and cut off pieces (minus hard green stalk end), chop roughly, salt and leave to stand in a strainer.
Stage 5
10 min.
Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #5 Boil a pan of salted water, put in 200 g peas and cook until soft (2 or 3 minutes usually).

Remove from pan, drain and put into cold water. Drain again when peas are cold, then dry.
Stage 6
5 min.
Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #6 Blend peas, and if possible pass through a fine strainer to remove skins and get a very smooth puree.
Stage 7
5 min.
Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #7 Mix 3 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

Add 2 tbs of this mix to the pea puree, salt, pepper, and keep covered in the fridge.
Stage 8
10 min.
Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #8 Prepare stuffing: cut 2 radishes into very small pieces, put in a bowl, add 3 tablespoons Mayonnaise, 50 g tuna in oil, 50 g cooked rice, 1 bunch chives chopped, and the chopped tomato flesh. Mix well.
Stage 9
5 min.
Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #9 Fill tomatoes with this mix.
Stage 10
5 min.
Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #10 Place a tomato upside down on a serving plate, coat with remaining olive oil-lemon juice mix.
Stage 11
5 min.
Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #11 With a very sharp knife, cut out tiny circles of olive, as thin as possible.
Stage 12
19 min.
Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #12 Stick olive circles on tomato to get the ladybird effect. Tip: position them with the point of a knife.

Make the head with 1/2 olive and 2 blades of chives, then surround with pea puree.

Do this with all your tomatoes, and serve without delay.
Stage 13
Tomato ladybirds : Photo of step #13 For adults you could make a quicker version without olives.

Remarks

With this recipe you will become a god or goddess of cooking for your young children or grand-children. After this they will frequently ask you to make ladybird tomatoes again... To make it a real surprise, close the kitchen door if possible while you cook, and then see their eyes open wide when you put the plates on the table.

To cook rice, use the pilaf method or rice-cooker.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Source

Home made, from a photo seen in a women's magazine a long time ago.

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