Tomato farcies (Toulouse sausage stuffed tomato)

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1
Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3.5
2
Remove the tops of the tomatoes and set aside. Carefully scoop out the pulp of each tomato and place in a bowl, leaving the flesh attached to the skin
3
Place a pan over a low-medium heat and add oil. Once the oil is hot, add the shallots and sweat for 5 minutes, or until translucent and soft. Stir in the reserved pulp and cook for 10 minutes, or until reduced to a jam-like consistency. Transfer to a plate and allow to cool
4
Add the sausage meat to a bowl with the herbs, lemon zest and cooled tomato pulp mixture. Fry off a teaspoon of the sausage mix to cook through and taste it - adjust the seasoning of the raw mix if necessary, or add some garlic if desired
5
Season the insides of the scooped-out tomatoes and stuff the sausage mix into the cavities, to just below the brim. Place the lids onto the tomatoes and transfer to a roasting tin, along with the white wine. Cover the tray with foil and cook in the oven for 30 minutes
6
After this time, remove the foil and increase the heat to 180°C/gas mark 4. Cook for a further 10 minutes - if the wine looks like it might evaporate completely, add a splash of water
7
Remove the tomatoes from the oven and ensure that the sausage meat is completely cooked through - a temperature probe inserted into the centre should read at least 72°C
8
Plate the tomatoes and spoon pan juices over the top. Serve immediately
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