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       Title: DOMATES YEMISTES ( STUFFED TOMATOES )
  Categories: Main dish
       Yield: 6 servings
  
      12    Firm, ripe tomatoes
            Salt
            Granulated sugar
       3 tb Olive oil or butter
       1 md Onion; finely chopped
       2    Garlic cloves; chopped
     1/4 c  Chopped fresh parsley
     1/2 lb Lean lamb or veal, ground
     1/4 c  Dry white wine
     1/4 c  Water
       6 tb Raw long-grain white rice
            Tomato juice (if necessary)
            Freshly ground pepper
       2    Sprigs fresh mint or basil
       1 pn Grated nutmeg
  
   Wash the tomatoes, then turn each stem-side down, and with a sharp knife
   carefully cut the end now up to make an opening or “cap” being careful not
   to detach the cap entirely.  With a small spoon, carefully, without
   breaking the outer skin of the tomatoes, scoop the pulp into a bowl.
   Place the tomato shells in a baking-serving dish large enough to support
   them touching.  Sprinkle the inside of the shells with salt and sugar.
   Meanwhile, prepare the stuffing.  Heat the oil in a heavy skillet and add
   the onions.  Cook over moderate heat until soft and transparent, then add
   the garlic and parsley, and blend.  Add the meat, mashing with a fork,
   then add the wine and water, cover, and simmer for a few minutes.  Add the
   rice and tomato pulp and stir.  (Tomato juice may be added if necessary,
   since the mixture should provide enough liquid for the rice to absorb.)
   Cover the skillet and simmer about 7 minutes, then add salt, pepper, mint
   or basil, and nutmeg.  Taste for seasoning. Remove from heat, and fill the
   tomatoes up about two-thirds of the way with the stuffing and liquid.
   Cover with tomato caps, brush with oil.  Bake in a moderate oven (350 F)
   until the rice is tender (approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour), basting
   inside the tomatoes with liquid released by them.  Serve warm.
   Note: For Tomatoes stuffed with Rice, use 1 1/4 cups raw long-grain white
   rice instead of the meat and rice in the above recipe, eliminate the wine,
   and include with the other seasonings a few tablespoons each of black
   raisins and 2 tablespoons pine nuts, if desired.  Rice in baked stuffed
   dishes takes much longer to cook then over a burner.  Stuffed green
   peppers, also popular in Greece, can be made the same way with an entirely
   different flavor.
  
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