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Delicious is Always Healthy..

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My favorite recipes combine ‘healthy with delicious’..and I am always in search of ingredients to help me in this ‘mission’..artisan ingredients are the healthiest version of foods..so when  I found a lite version of a freshly made Gouda cheese I began working on something special in The Basic Art of Italian Cooking  test kitchens here..and this is what we came up with. This works well as an appetizer or as a light dinner to be eaten on the terrazzo  ‘al fresco’… on a warm summer night with a loaf of crusty whole grain bread and a glass of chilled white wine. ( Falenghina, or Est!Est!Est!)

Baked Tomatoes with Gouda

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3 large tomatoes (washed)

4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves chopped finely

4 ounces gouda cheese

3 leeks finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut tomatoes in half. Grease a baking pan with 1 tablespoon of the oil, spread in pan  with clean fingers. Place tomato halves in greased pan On each tomato half place 1 tsp of olive oil.  Warm 2 tablespoons olive oil in  saute  pan.  Saute finely chopped garlic with finely chopped leeks over low heat, just until golden. Remove from heat, place garlic mixture on top of tomato halves divided evenly. Bake tomatoes for 10 minutes. Grate Gouda cheese and place on top of tomato halves place under broiler until cheese is bubbly. Remove and serve…hot or cool…

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