If life gives you lemons, you always make lemonade. BUT what if life gave you green tomatoes….what should you make? In the south you immediately think, fried green tomatoes. Which by the way are AMAZING!!! However, since my hubby and I are on a grilling kick lately, how about instead of fried, we do grilled green tomatoes?
This week hubby and I will be sharing two posts together, we made bbq chicken pizza and we had to make another beef brisket. So stay tuned for more grilling fun!
Last week in my Watermelon Lime Sorbet post, I shared about my farmers market stop in Pageland, South Carolina. Well on that same stop I also found these beauties, I had to buy them for sure!
Growing up I always loved when my Mom made stuffed green peppers. The idea of stuffing a vegetable with delicious treats is genius to me. I mean hey, we were always told to eat our veggies…..BUT sometimes we need new ideas for eating vegetables.
If you have never had a green tomato, just remember it tastes completely different from a red tomato. That may sound weird to you, but it’s just a tomato that is not ripe yet. The sweetness you have in a ripe tomato is there, along with a little tart flavor too.
Since the green tomatoes are under ripe, they will also be a bit firm. So when you hollow out the inside of the tomato, be ready to maybe break a sweat….just a little though. I used a melon baller to hollow out the tomatoes, it worked pretty well actually. Make sure to get enough of the core out, try to have the sides thin, but not too thin.
This recipe is a little of this, and a little of that, so have fun with it for sure. It can easily become a vegetarian dish, and it is a gluten free treat. I had three tomatoes, and I had left over quinoa mixture, so you could use maybe 6 tomatoes.
A tart, but sweet green tomato, filled with your favorite treats!
30 minsPrep Time
20 minsCook Time
Hollow out green tomatoes until sides are slightly thin.
In a medium pot, cook quinoa with 2 cups of water. Once quinoa is cooked, mix in bacon, blue cheese crumble, and diced green tomato.
Fill quinoa mixture tightly into the tomato, and then place on vegetable pan for grill, grill for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until tomato is softened.
When the tomato is completely grilled, it is time to enjoy!
I decided why not top the cooked tomatoes with MORE cheese? I topped them with a little bit of mozzarella just for fun, and it looked pretty!
We complimented this side dish with baby back ribs, it was perfect. Hubby and I agreed with the tart flavor in the green tomatoes, you need to pair them with specific foods carefully.
You definitely could use a green bell pepper instead, it would be fantastic complimented with baby back ribs.
The blue cheese was intense, and if you are not into intense cheeses, you may want to use less, or mix in a mild white cheese like mozzarella. Using a stronger cheese IS fun in this dish.
There is a lot of bacon love happening here, and that makes my tummy happy!
Have you ever had a green tomato?
Have you ever had a fried green tomato?
What is your favorite way to prepare a green tomato?