Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Stuffed Tomatoes with Grey Shrimps (Tomaten met Grijze Garnaaltjes)

This is a typical starter or appetizer served in many belgian homes. It looks luxurious but is actually very easy to prepare. This dish is known as "Tomaten met Grijze Garnaaltjes" in Dutch and "Tomates Crevettes" in French. The key ingredients are North Sea shrimps (also known as grey shrimps) and tomatoes, not to forget mayonnaise. The shrimps are actually "crangon crangon", a species of shrimps which are fished mainly from the North Sea. It is called "grijze garnaalen" in Dutch and "crevettes grises" in French, both of which translate literally to "grey shrimps" in English.

This is how the shrimps look like, but they have already been peeled and cooked when I bought them in the supermarket, so they don't look very grey. :)

INGREDIENTS (for 3 persons)
6 big firm tomatoes
300g grey shrimps (North Sea shrimps)
5 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

1. Slice off the top of each tomato with a sharp knife. Reserve the tomato lids for later. Use a teaspoon to scoop out the tomato flesh and sprinkle the inside of each tomato with a pinch of salt and pepper. Turn the tomatoes upside down to drain away the tomato juice.

2. Mix the shrimps and mayonnaise in a bowl. If you wish, you may add a tbsp of lemon juice to the mayonnaise to give it a tangy flavour.

3. Fill the insides of each tomato generously with the shrimp and mayo filling until the tomato practically overflows with shrimps. Cover with the tomato lids and place them in the fridge to chill. Best served when chilled.

Smakelijk eten!

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