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

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For 6 tomatoes, you will need:

Change these quantities to make: 2 tomatoes 3 tomatoes 6 tomatoes 12 tomatoes 18 tomatoes
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1 hour 37 min.10 min.1 hour 47 min.
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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.
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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.
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.
Several days in the fridge, covered by a plastic film.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,553 Kcal or 6,502 Kj31 gr61 gr132 gr
78 %12 %6 %20 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
137 Kcal or 574 Kj3 gr5 gr12 gr
7 %1 %1 %2 %
Per tomatoes
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
259 Kcal or 1,084 Kj5 gr10 gr22 gr
13 %2 %1 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Egg, Sulfites, Mustard, Fish, Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 tomatoes : 7.12 €
  • Per tomatoes : 1.19 €

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Home made, from a photo seen in a women's magazine a long time ago.
This recipe uses (among others)
PeasPeas: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Baby broad beans and peas with rice and mascarpone , Chinese Soup, Chinese style chicken, Salmon "en papillote" with small vegetables, Chicken breasts in a potato crust, ... All
Cooked riceCooked rice: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Seared tuna with lemon and lime, Rice and purple-sprouting broccoli salad, Crunchy salad, Cajun pork with rice., Pollack fillet baked with rice and vegetables., ... All
Tuna in oilTuna in oil: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Rice and fresh spinach salad, Baker's pizza, Cretan salad, Pan bagnat, Tapenade, ... All
Black olivesBlack olives: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Tapenade, Salade Niçoise, Pissaladière with puff pastry, Souda salad, Greek salad, ... All
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  • These are simply adorable JH. I must save this idea and share it with my blog visitors. Thank you!
    Posted by Louise august 31th 2009 at 18:52 (n° 1)
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