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Stuffed Tomatoes with Basil Sauce


Mother’s Day – Italian Style. Stuffed Tomatoes with Basil Sauce make a warming addition to an easy-going luncheon with a sampling of small plates – casual dining with Mom. La Dolce Vita.

Whenever I can’t decide what to cook or run short on time (often), I revert to one of my favorite meals to serve – an antipasti-style lunch, preferably al fresco. For simple, everyday beauty at its best, I like to serve an abundance of small plates and platters. Some items are picked up from the local Italian market, but centered by a platter of warm, creamy Stuffed Tomatoes with Basil Sauce.

Tomatoes, filled with creamy goat cheese are baked until puffed and brown, served with a verdant green basil sauce. Vine-ripened market tomatoes will do until the garden kicks in, and since it is planting season, consider Basil Verde Piccole variety, the intense green leaves are perfect for pesto.

These little stuffed tomato jewels can be served warm or at room temperature, so no need to rush. More Bijouxs recipes to consider for an easy, rustic Mother’s Day lunch served family style include: Melon & Prosciutto, Strawberries with Balsamic & Black Pepper, for dessert a Lemon & Fig Tart or Anise Pound Cake. Add a platter with cheeses, marinated artichokes and peppers with crispy bread sticks for some no-cook menu additions.

Make it an easy-going day with Mom. Bella! Wishing everyone a very Happy Mother’s Day!

As always, enjoy. B

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