|For the filling|
|2 cloves||(0.21 oz)|
|5 ½ oz|
|½ tsp||(0.08 oz)|
|2 ⅛ oz|
|2 ¾ oz|
|For the tomatoes|
|Optional: for the buckwheat crunch|
|1 ¾ oz|
|¼ tsp||(0.02 oz)|
|Seasoning and serving|
For the filling
Peel and mince the garlic. Add the millet, garlic, chili flakes, and reduced-sodium vegetable broth to a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Allow to boil for about 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat and let simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.
The author uses quick-cooking millet which cooks in about 10 to 15 minutes. If you use regular millet as called for above, it will take longer to cook. We use reduced-sodium vegetable broth to decrease the amount of salt as compared to the original recipe.
While you are waiting for the millet to cook, finely chop the sun-dried tomatoes and olives. Toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet until golden brown. Remove the oregano leaves from the stem and coarsely chop.
Other types of oregano also work well in this recipe. We have purposely chosen the most aromatic type that will retain its flavor when cooked.
For the tomatoes
Wash the tomatoes and then cut the tops off. Use a knife or a spoon to carefully scoop out the seeds and some of the pulp, leaving a hollowed-out shell.
As the author notes, beefsteak tomatoes are the best choice for this recipe. You can also use any other type of large tomato or distribute the filling among smaller tomatoes.
Optional: for the buckwheat crunch
To make your own buckwheat crunch, rinse the buckwheat with cold water, place in a bowl with plenty of water, and allow to soak overnight. Rinse well the next day.
Stir the ground paprika into the buckwheat. Spread out on a flat plate, allow to sprout, and then let dry for at least two days. In an airtight container placed in a dark place, excess quantities can be stored for several weeks.
You can also use store-bought buckwheat crunch, but it will usually contain additional ingredients, be puffed, or be processed in other ways. Or you can simply omit this ingredient from the recipe if you like. The original recipe for buckwheat crunch can be found in the cookbook “Free your Food” on page 214.
Fill, season, and serve
Add the dried tomatoes, olives, pine nuts, oregano, and four tablespoons of the buckwheat crunch to the cooked millet. Mix well and season with salt and pepper.
Spoon the millet mixture into the hollowed-out tomatoes and then bake at 200 °C for approximately 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy the stuffed tomatoes while still warm.
This delicious Italian version of stuffed tomatoes contains millet, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and pine nuts and is a good source of vitamins and minerals.
Millet: Millet or common millet is a grain that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Compared to other grains, it contains especially high levels of silicic acid, iron, and vitamin B6. Millet belongs to the sweetgrass family and has been used in central Asia for the preparation of unleavened flatbread for over 8000 years. The hulled millet available in stores (in German: Goldhirse) refers to millet that has had the outer hull removed. However, since most of the minerals are contained in the hull, the mineral content of hulled millet is lower than that of unhulled millet.
Dried tomatoes: The drying process removes moisture from the tomatoes and blocks the growth of microorganisms. This allows the tomatoes to be stored for a longer period of time. The drying process also increases the concentration of aromatic substances, which is why dried tomatoes have a very intense flavor.
Pine nuts: Pine nuts are the peeled seeds of the pine tree. The seeds have a creamy-white color and a sweet, subtle flavor. They spoil quickly because of their high fat content.
Beefsteak tomatoes: These large, firm, smooth, and round beefsteak tomatoes don’t lose as much juice when sliced as do “regular tomatoes.” Because of their large size, they are a favorite for stuffing. Like all tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes have a high water content and provide vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, niacin, and phytochemicals. Green, unripe sections including the stem contain the toxin tomatine and should be avoided.
Storing tomatoes: When purchasing tomatoes for future use, avoid storing them in the refrigerator. Storing any variety of tomatoes in the refrigerator will result in a loss of flavor. This is also true for bell peppers and eggplant.
The results of a U.S. study published in 2016 came to the conclusion that chilling tomatoes results in a loss of flavor. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27791156).
The study indicated that temperatures below 12 °C have a negative effect on flavor-associated volatiles. These volatiles have a major impact on the flavor quality of tomatoes.
Buckwheat crunch: You can also use store-bought buckwheat crunch, but it will usually contain additional ingredients, be puffed, or be processed in other ways. Or you can simply
omit this ingredient from the recipe if you like. The original recipe for buckwheat crunch can be found in the cookbook Free your Food on page 214.
Tomatoes: As the author notes, beefsteak tomatoes are the best choice for this recipe. You can also use any other type of large tomato or distribute the filling among smaller tomatoes.
Cedar nuts: Depending on your individual preferences, you can also use cedar nuts instead of pine nuts. Cedar nuts have a more intense, slightly spicy flavor and are less expensive
than pine nuts.