In place of a more traditional veal, pork or beef filling, Parisian chef Angèle Ferreux-Maeght stuffs the vegetables in this Provençal-inspired recipe with a firm smoked tofu and plenty of fresh herbs and garlic. The smokiness of the tofu gives the vegetables a slightly meaty quality.
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1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing
3/4 pound smoked tofu, finely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped, plus 3 small yellow onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup packed parsley leaves, chopped
1/2 cup packed mint leaves, chopped
5 scallions, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons white miso
1 tablespoon capers, drained and chopped
Fine gray sea salt
6 firm-ripe small heirloom tomatoes
3 small zucchini
How to Make It
Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large skillet, heat the 1/3 cup of olive oil. Add the tofu, finely chopped onion and garlic and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Scrape into a medium bowl and stir in the parsley, mint, scallions, miso and capers. Season with salt.
Trim as little as possible from the bottom of the vegetables so they sit flat. Cut off the top 1/4 inch of the small onions and tomatoes. Lay the zucchini flat and trim 1/4 inch lengthwise off the top. Set the vegetable tops aside. Using a small spoon, scoop out the insides of the vegetables, leaving 1/4-inch-thick walls.
Brush a large rimmed baking sheet with olive oil and arrange the vegetables on the baking sheet. Spoon the filling into the vegetables and cover with the tops. Bake until the vegetables are tender and the filling is hot, 20 to 22 minutes for the tomatoes and 25 to 30 minutes for the onions and zucchini. Transfer to a platter and serve.
The tofu filling can be refrigerated overnight.
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