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Elizabeth Bard’s Petits Farcis Stuffed Tomatoes and Zucchini

This recipe comes from Elizabeth Bard’s latest book Picnic in Provence: A memoir with Recipes. This delicious summer recipe is published with her permission. The stuffed vegetables can be served as a lunch or light dinner.

Petits Farcis beef stuffed tomato Provence @ElizabethBard

Stuffed Tomatoes and Zucchini Légumes d’Été Farçis

This dish instantly transports me back to Jean’s garden — big, bright beefsteak tomatoes and croquet-ball-size round zucchini stuffed and baked to sagging perfection. Lovely for a casual dinner in the garden. Serves 8 as a light dinner
Course Main Dish
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 8 People


  • 2 Slices Slightly stale bread (sourdough or dense whole-grain)
  • cup milk
  • 4 ripe Beefsteak Tomatoes (10–12 ounces each)
  • 4 Round zucchini (7–8 ounces each) - see note
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large Red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Fennel chopped (about ½ bulb), with some fronds
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tsp herbes de Provence
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 handful Flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 large Egg
  • pounds best-quality pork sausages (you can use Toulouse, saucisse fraîche, or Italian, sweet or hot)
  • 1 pound Ground beef
  • ½ cup White Wine


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Put the bread and milk in a small bowl to soak.
  • Cut the tops off the tomatoes and hollow out until you have about a ½- to ¾-inch shell. Chop the pulp and reserve with the liquid.
  • Hollow out the zucchini as you did with the tomatoes. Chop the inside zucchini flesh and reserve in a separate bowl. Place the hollowed-out vegetables in a large ovenproof dish, preferably one pretty enough to bring to the table.
  • In a medium frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sauté onion, fennel, and zucchini pulp for 5 minutes, add garlic, and sauté for 3 minutes more. Add chopped tomato pulp, herbes de Provence, and a grind of black pepper; simmer for 5 minutes. Add parsley and stir. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  • Squeeze a bit of the excess milk out of the bread, chop into coarse crumbs, set aside. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg.
  • Remove sausage meat from its casings and break it up without overworking the meat. Add the beef, bread, and tomato mixture and combine — I use my hands for this part. Then add the egg and give the stuffing a final mix. Divide the stuffing evenly among the vegetables. Drizzle with the additional 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the white wine to the bottom of the dish.
  • Cover the dish tightly with tinfoil and bake 1½ hours, until the sausage is cooked through and the vegetables are perfectly tender; the saggier the better, as far as I’m concerned. Remove the foil and pass under the broiler for 3 minutes to brown. There will be quite a bit of yummy sauce at the bottom of the dish.
  • Serve on a bed of quinoa or wild rice. Pass a bowl of sauce.


stuffed tomatoes #Recipe @ElizabethBardTip: Round zucchini are sometimes available at farmers’ markets and high- end grocers. If you can’t find them, buy 1 extra-large zucchini or 2 medium ones, cut them in half lengthwise, and hollow them out like a hot-dog bun. Stuff according to the recipe.
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