Oven-Roasted Tomatoes Stuffed w/Goat Cheese

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I’m sorry, but when do tomatoes and cheese ever sound like a bad combination? Um… NEVER! If you like goat cheese, this is your recipe. Stuffed tomatoes to the nth degree. Roasting them gets them creamy… and buttery… and luscious.

Size: 12 servings

Ingredients:
12 medium tomatoes (3 lbs)
1 2/3 lbs fresh goat cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp finely chopped basil
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425F.  Slice off the top 1/2″ of each tomato and reserve the tops.  Scoop out the tomato cores and seeds.  Cut a very thin sliver off of the bottom of each tomato to help them stand up straight.  Arrange the tomatoes in a 9 x 13″ glass or ceramic baking dish.

In a bowl, combine the goat cheese with the egg, garlic, basil, salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.  Spoon the goat cheese mixture into the tomatoes, mounding the filling 1/2″ above the rim.  cover with the tomato tops and drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Bake the tomatoes for 35 minutes, until tender and browned in spots and the cheese is hot.  Let stand for 15 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature.


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Author: Emily Sarah Downs

Cuisine Coordinator, Tips From Town, Ridgewood, NJ

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