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5 Ingredients You Can Replace With Tomatoes


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Peppers
If the taste of green bell peppers does nothing for you, try replacing them with tomatoes.
If the taste of green bell peppers does nothing for you, try replacing them with tomatoes.
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Do you like everything about stuffed, baked green bell peppers except the green bell peppers?

Tomatoes would make a great substitute. You can stuff them with anything you'd use to stuff peppers. Tomatoes have the added benefit of not needing to be blanched or microwaved first.

Preparing the tomatoes is easy. Choose large tomatoes that are ripe but firm. Don't peel them. Slice the stem ends off. Gently scoop out the pulp, leaving a half-inch (12.7 millimeter) wall to hold the filling. Chop and save the pulp if you plan to use it in the filling. If you wish, salt the hollowed tomatoes and turn them upside down to drain for 10 or 15 minutes. Then you're ready to prepare whatever filling you choose.

Use your imagination: You can stuff them with a mixture of the tomato pulp and other ingredients such as sautéed chopped onions, celery and breadcrumbs or rice. Cooked bacon or sausage can be in the mix. You can even use the browned ground beef mixture often used in stuffed peppers. Or forget the tomato pulp, and make a delicious crab meat concoction in a tasty sauce.

Bake in a greased pan, or one with a little water or sauce (even mushroom soup) added. If the tomatoes are too flimsy to hold up, bake them in a muffin tin.

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