Maschi (African Stuffed Tomatoes)

Maschi comes from the Sudan. Posted for ZWT2

Ready In: 1 hr

Serves: 8




  1. Combine filling ingredients in large bowl.
  2. Cut a Slit in 8 large TOMATOES (very firm), halfway across the center.
  3. Squeeze at the sides to open the slit.
  4. Scoop out all the flesh from inside of tomatoes with a spoon.
  5. Refill tomato with beef mixture and close the tomato.
  6. Melt 2 Tbs. BUTTER and
  7. 2 Tbs. OIL in a large skillet.
  8. Saute the tomatoes carefully in the fat, rolling them gently until they become dark red on all sides.
  9. Remove the tomatoes with the oil and place in a casserole or heavy saucepan.
  10. Prepare sauce as follows and pour over the tomatoes:
  11. Combine: 2 6-oz. cans TOMATO PASTE thinned with water add salt, cinnamon and garlic powder.
  12. Simmer the tomatoes gently over low flame for 10 to 15 minutes until sauce is cooked.
  13. Remove carefully to a 15-inch round platter.
  14. Top each with GREEN OLIVES
  15. If there is more Maschi filling left over after filling the tomatoes place it in a suitable pan and bake it alongside the tomatoes.
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