Friday, June 24, 2011

Tomato Baskets

Tomato baskets are crispy shells filled with succulent tomatoes and sweet onions. Add a dash of spice and cheese and these are the perfect appetizers.
I fillede them with tomatoes but corn, spinach, mixed peppers and peas would work too. The shells are made of all purpose flour with a little salt added. It is similar to a kachori dough. The portion below makes approx 8 baskets.

Ingredients:

For dough

1 cup All purpose flour (maida)
1/4 cup oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Water for kneading

For filling

4 medium tomatoes
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
3/4 teaspoon Mix Italian herbs - Basil, Oregano and Parsley
1/2 tablespoon oil
Black pepper
Salt

Mix the flour and oil and mix till it forms a crumb-like texture. When you press the flour between fingers it should clump. Slowly add water to bind into a tight dough. Cover with wet cloth and keep for 10-15 minutes.

In this time, start preparing the filling. Cut the tomatoes in half, deseed and dice. Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add the onions. Saute for 2 minutes and add the green peppers. Cook till both are softened. Add the tomatoes and spices and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. When cooled add half the cheese and keep aside. 
Pre-heat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Portion the dough in 8 equal pieces and roll out into 4 inch rounds. Place these over muffin moulds and press well. I did this as I wanted to make them a little larger, you can also place these inside mini muffin pan for bite-size portions. Blind bake them for about 10 minutes till they start to brown. Remove and cool. The stuff each of the moulds with the tomato stuffing and sprinkle a little cheese over it. Bake again for about 5 minutes to till the cheese starts to melt.

Enjoy hot or warm with a glass of wine or a cup of tea!

18 comments:

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Yum, I love how you made those baskets, amazing. We can then fill them with anything, love your tomato filling :)

divya said...

wow, looks superb dear, delicious !!!

Priya said...

Those cute looking tomato baskets are truly elegant and pretty inviting..

Cool Lassi(e) said...

The baskets look Super appetizing!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Loved the cute cups with filling....nice presentation...

Torviewtoronto said...

beautiful snacks looks wonderful

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Baskets r looking so perfect n cute.. i love the filling too..

shammi said...

Oh this looks good! I like the idea of being able to vary the fillings too. Thanks for the idea!

Archana said...

Looks superb! Love the filling and of course the cups are wonderful.

Sayantani said...

thats an incredible recipe. lovely idea and a must try.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Wow... super munchy crispies..

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These look adorable!

Now Serving said...

delightful looking baskets and the stuffing looks DELICIOUS and tempting!

aipi said...

These tomato baskets look SO GOOD! Love the idea of them!
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A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Hey love those baskets, I remember mom used to make tokri's like such for tokri chaat..tokri = basket. Yours look more healthy as you baked them..

Sobha Shyam said...

cute baskets and absolutely fabulous idea..love it..

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Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

These look like such a simple yet delish appetizer. I have put this on my list to make. Enjoy the 4th of July holiday!

Rajani said...

Saw a pancake fruit basket sometime back,this one looks great too. Will try this! You have a really wonderful array of food in your blog :)

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