|A Most Unusual Recipe|
Recipe adapted from the Hawaii Kai Cookbook
The words candied and tomatoes are rarely seen together. But once you do see them together, they create a strange and compelling idea in the mind, at least in my mind. Since tomatoes are technically fruits, the candied concept seems plausible. Until you consider that eggplant, green beans, and peppers are also fruits, because they too contain seeds. And what’s up with sweet onion in the candy part? Clearly this is one unusual recipe. But since it was served in an iconic NYC restaurant specializing in Hawaiian cuisine, how could it not be good?
|Try it on a Variety of Tomatoes|
|Ready for the Oven|
|It's All About the Topping|
Non-stick cooking spray or oil
3 large or 6 small tomatoes
1 Maui or Vidalia (sweet) onion
2 ½ tbsp. walnut or almond oil
4 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. honey
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
¾ tsp. salt
½ - 1 tbsp. melted butter (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray baking dish with non-stick cooking spray or rub with light oil such as walnut or almond.
Peel tomatoes. If skin doesn’t come off the tomatoes easily using just a knife, blanch them: bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Set up a large bowl of ice water nearby. Drop tomatoes into boiling water for 15 – 30 seconds, depending on their size. Remove with slotted spoon and immediately place in ice water for a minute or two. They’ll peel easily now.
Cut tomatoes in half from top to bottom. Place in baking dish with cut sides up.
Chop onion very fine. You will have ¾ -1 cup.
Heat skillet over medium to medium high heat. When hot, add walnut oil and sauté onion until golden, about 6 minutes. Add brown sugar, honey, and salt, and stir until sugar is melted. Remove from heat.
Add bread crumbs to skillet and stir until well-mixed.
With a small scoop or spoon (I used a melon baller) and your fingers, compress spoonfuls of the bread crumb mixture onto each tomato half in a mound.
Drizzle a little melted butter over each tomato (I used ½ tbsp. total) for extra flavor, or use a sprinkle of salt (optional).