This recipe comes from the canton of Fribourg, where tomatoes are stuffed with Gruyere cheese and potatoes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Scoop out most of the flesh from each tomato half, discarding discard liquid and seeds. Sprinkle the flesh with 1 teaspoon brown sugar.
- Mix 1/2 cup grated cheese with mashed potatoes, onion, and season with pepper. Stuff each tomato with equal amounts.
- Place tomatoes into a buttered, shallow oven proof pan and dot each with a little butter. sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, sprinkle with chopped chives and serve.
There is a use for the scooped out tomato as garnish for other dishes, as in the recipe for Swiss poached perch. Serve the tomatoes as a side to the perch and there are not leftovers.
Why sugar? Tomatoes are acid and a little sugar makes their taste more palatable.
It is perfectly all right to use leftover mashed potatoes. If in a hurry, use prepared instant mash.
When seasoning the filling, remember the potato mash already has already been seasoned and the cheese is savory. There would not be any need for extra salt, and only a dash of pepper should be required.
Substitute butter with margarine or cooking oil spray, if you wish.