Romaine Pesto and Egg stuffed tomatoes

I have been looking forward to this one ever since I found the recipe.

I have been looking for some new breakfast/brunch potluck ideas as well as some meatless options. I have always enjoyed having breakfast for dinner but the same old french toast or pancakes gets old after a while. This also caught my eye because I have a good friend who has Celiac’s and requires gluten-free foods. If it’s good, I’ll be sending a few tomatoes her way!

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large head romaine (about 1 1/2 lb)
1 large garlic clove
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 oz finely grated parmesan (1/2 cup), plus additional for serving  (yeah, I used my green can of grated parmesan from the fridge. Sue me. It’s what I had on hand.)
6 large tomatoes (about 3 inches in diameter)
6 large eggs at room temperature

Strip romaine leaves from stems, reserving both separately, then tear leaves into roughly 2-inch pieces. Measure 4 loosely packed cups of leaves and reserve remainder. With motor running, add garlic to food processor to finely chop. Turn off and add the 4 cups romaine leaves along with the parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and cheese, then pulse until finely chopped. With motor running, add remaining cup oil in a slow stream, blending until incorporated.

Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 400°F.

Cut off about 1/8 inch from top of each tomato with a sharp knife. Gently scrape out pulp and seeds with a spoon and discard them. Put tomatoes, cut sides up, in a 9-inch glass or ceramic dish and spoon 1 tablespoon romaine-parsley pesto into each tomato (you will have extra pesto). Crack 1 egg into each tomato and season with salt and pepper. Bake eggs in tomatoes until whites are set and yolks are still runny, 18 to 22 minutes.

2 comments
  1. oh, my god. LOVED these. So much, in fact, that I neglected to take a picture. 🙂 they were great! I’d totally make these for brunch. They were different than the usual stuff, very light but very tasty.

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