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Isle of Wight stuffed tomatoes

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 5
From James Martin's Food Map of Britain
Beef tomatoes stuffed with mince and served with a rich tomato sauce. A great way to use up a glut of tomatoes.


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 or prepare a barbecue.

  2. Slice the tops off the beef tomatoes, reserving the tops to use as lids later. Scoop out the flesh and seeds from the centre and place into a saucepan.

  3. Mix the shallot, mince, breadcrumbs, mushrooms and tarragon in a bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  4. Stuff the tomatoes with the mince mixture (do not overfill as the mixture will expand when cooking and could split the skin), drizzle with oil and place the lids on top.

  5. Place the stuffed tomatoes onto a barbecue for 10-15 minutes, or until the mince is fully cooked. Alternatively bake in the oven for the same time.

  6. To make the sauce, add the tomatoes to the saucepan containing the flesh from the beef tomatoes, then add the oil and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.

  7. To serve, place the stuffed tomatoes onto a large serving platter and drizzle around the sauce.


  • 5 beef tomatoes
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 500g/1lb 2oz lamb mince
  • 25g/1oz fresh breadcrumbs
  • 300g/10½oz button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
  • salt and black pepper
  • 25ml/1fl oz olive oil

For the sauce

  • 8 medium tomatoes (preferably Island Beauty tomatoes), cut into quarters
  • 50ml/2fl oz rapeseed oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

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