By Kelly Bogard
Tomatoes are technically fruit, yet I have never heard anyone say they are going to go get a tomato for a snack. And even though I rarely make anything fruit-wise with them, they are very versatile. Tomatoes are used in everything from sauces to salads and many other culinary delights. Still, they usually play a supporting role, rather than taking center stage. Today, though, they will take the lead in this wonderful dish – Cheesy Baked Tomatoes.
These yummy treats are something I learned to make on a trip to Jonesboro several years ago. My husband and I spent the weekend with two other couples enjoying the cool, fall weather and eating some of the most amazing food. This dish is the one that I always remember from that trip.
In a medium bowl, mix the Bleu, Feta and Parmesan cheeses until well combined. You will want to taste the mixture to see if salt and pepper need to be added. I find if you use seasoned Feta, you sometimes can remove the salt from the recipe.
Finally, stuff the tomato shells with the cheese mixture and place in a small glass baking dish. A loaf pan works great for this, and you can always add a little extra foil to fill gaps in the dish if needed. Also, I usually have a little cheese left over and store it in the refrigerator to put on a green salad.
This side dish is amazing with steak but would complement most any meal. I like it with fish. It is sweet, tart, rich and creamy all at the same time and fancy enough to impress your friends at a dinner party.
From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!
Recipe: Cheesy Baked Tomatoes
- 4 Roma tomatoes
- 1/2 cup Bleu cheese
- 1/2 cup seasoned Feta cheese
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove the tops of the tomatoes at an angle.
- Scrape out the seeds and juice from each tomato and set aside.
- Combine Bleu, Feta and Parmesan cheeses in a medium bowl.
- Season cheese with salt and pepper to taste.
- Loosely wrap each tomato in aluminum foil.
- Stuff each tomato with cheese mixture.
- Place in a small glass baking dish.
- Fill gaps with additional foil to help keep tomatoes upright.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through.
- Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Prep time (duration): 10 minutes
Cooking time (duration): 30 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 4