Monday, July 13, 2009

Ricotta-Stuffed Tomatoes

Here's an easy dinner idea for you. It scales up or down easily, comes together in minutes and makes for an appealing light supper. We ate ours with salad and whole-wheat crackers. These tomatoes would be a nice addition to a buffet table or potluck - they are good warm or at room temperature.

I used semi-crappy supermarket ricotta, so I dolled it up with grated fontina and parmesan; if you have access to ricotta cheese that actually tastes great on its own, no need to gild that lily. I used basil and parsley in the ricotta mixture, but you can substitute in any herbs you have on hand.

Ricotta-Stuffed Tomatoes
Serves 1 - this will easily scale up
  • 1 medium tomato (a little smaller than a baseball)
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons grated cheese (any firm, flavorful cheese: parmesan, fontina, asiago, even cheddar)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of chopped herbs
  • handful of breadcrumbs, optional
  • olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400.

Cut the tomato in half, through the core end. Scoop out the seeds and pulp, leaving a tomato shell. Sprinkle the tomato shell with salt and pepper.

Combine ricotta, cheese and herbs. Taste and adjust salt to taste. Fill the shells with ricotta mixture. Top with breadcrumbs, if you're using them. Drizzle the tomatoes with a little oil.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the crumbs are browned and the tomatoes are a little softened. Wait at least 5 minutes to serve them as the ricotta will be very hot.


Jess said...

I could so go for one of those tomatoes right now, Mary. They look seriously delicious. Seriously.

Sunday Cook said...

Thanks Jess - they are quite yummy. Simple to make and good to eat - what more could you want?

Coming from you that's quite a compliment. :-)

Kathleen said...

I made these for dinner last evening. Delicious!

Sunday Cook said...

Glad you enjoyed them!

Anonymous said...

This is going to make a great addition to out meals. All the ingredients say success.

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