In the early 20th century, several churches and organizations released cookbooks compiled with vintage recipes from their respective communities. Mrs. G. E. Seyholt of the Union Church of Manila in the Philippines submitted this traditional stuffed tomato recipe in 1919. The dish utilizes simple ingredients that blend well and taste savory—without the meat.
Recipes from this era don’t usually specify oven temperature or timing. (Most cooks back then used their best judgment while cooking.) For best results, stick to a 400-degree oven and cook for about thirty minutes. These stuffed tomatoes are vegan-friendly and can be served as a side or a main dish. If you need to bulk up the meal, consider pairing it with a traditional Zappa di Fagiuoli bean soup.
About the Cookbook
The Manila Cookbook by Union Church of Manila. Published in 1919.