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
Peel 6 tomatoes.

Cut across the stalk end to form a flat base, leaving the largest possible dome.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Tomato ladybirds
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
Salt inside tomatoes, and leve upside down on a tray.

Set aside.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
Tomato ladybirds
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
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
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
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
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
Fill tomatoes with this mix.

Stage 10 - 5 min.
Tomato ladybirds
Place a tomato upside down on a serving plate, coat with remaining olive oil-lemon juice mix.

Stage 11 - 5 min.
Tomato ladybirds
With a very sharp knife, cut out tiny circles of olive, as thin as possible.

Stage 12 - 19 min.
Tomato ladybirds
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
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.
Home made, from a photo seen in a women's magazine a long time ago.
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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  • These are simply adorable JH. I must save this idea and share it with my blog visitors. Thank you!
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