Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes*

Sometimes the simplest things can be the best things. These Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes are one of those things. They are nothing overly fancy, but when all put together they are pure heaven. My Granny has been making these for many years and she recently gave me the recipe to help use up some of the tomatoes from my overflowing garden.

I am thrilled to have found this recipe again! With Jorge leaving, I will need things that I can make in single portion sizes. This recipe can easily be cut down to make just one big one for me! :-) While I am on that subject, anyone have any recipes or ideas to share of things I can make just for one? I don’t want to go back to my single girl days of cereal for dinner…not saying that is not going to happen…but it would be good if it was not every night!

Check out that juice….yummmm…..


Cheesy Stuffed Tomatoes

According to Spark People's Recipe Calculator these are about 180 calories per tomato. But that depends heavily on the type of breadcrumbs and cheese you use! I searched and found cheese and breadcrumbs with a little lower calories and got them down to about 150 calories per stuffed tomato! Oh ya!


4 medium tomatoes
1/4 cup of your favorite breadcrumbs
2 tbl butter, melted
8 basil leaves, chopped
1/2 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Parsley for garnish


Slice off top of tomato, hollow out (leaving 1/2 inch thick shell), and chop pulp and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, butter, basil, salt and pepper. Next stir in cheese and tomato pulp. Fill each tomato shell and then wrap each tomato individually in foil.

Grill, or bake (at 400 degrees) for 10 to 15 minutes, until cheese is completely melted. Garnish with parsley and serve hot!

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70 Responses to “Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes”

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    Angie's Recipes — June 13, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

    I have never seen any tomato dish looking so pretty! And your photograph tells me how delicious these cheesy stuffed tomatoes taste!
    Thanks, Jessica, for dropping by my blog. :-)


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    Jenn — June 14, 2010 @ 12:02 am

    Oh these look awesome! What a cool appetizer!!

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    tigerfish — June 14, 2010 @ 12:31 am

    I agree. It’s always so simple so good! These cheesy tomatoes must be so spurting out deliciousness when bitten on….

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    Chanel11 — June 14, 2010 @ 12:54 am

    You really have made a simple dish look fantastic! I wish I had some tomatoes growing in my yard…

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    Katerina — June 14, 2010 @ 1:40 am

    Jessica Hi, Thanks for stopping by my blog. You gave me the chance to know you and your beautiful blog. These tomatoes look delicious. Here in Greece we stuff them with rice, herbs and raisins. This is a very summery dish.

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    sweetlife — June 14, 2010 @ 2:39 am

    love your tomatoes, perfect for summer bbqs


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    Chiara — June 14, 2010 @ 3:09 am

    I loooove stuffed tomatoes. And I especially love stuffed tomatoes that are ass friendly! Great blog, I’ll make sure I check it out often.

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    FOODESSA — June 14, 2010 @ 5:09 am

    Jessica…these stuffed tomatoes look incredibly appetizing.
    The photo transmits perfectly through the screen.
    I love the ingredients. The only thing that I personally change is the breadcrumbs for crushed whole grain bran cereals. Besides that…everything is fabulous ;o)
    Flavourful wishes, Claudia

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    Pam — June 14, 2010 @ 6:16 am

    This looks and sounds delicious and that’s a great calorie count! I’ll have to try it! Thanks!

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    Becca — June 14, 2010 @ 6:37 am

    Per usual, your pictures left me drooling all over myself and giddy with excitement for when my bumper crop of tomatoes is ready to pull off of my Topsy Turvy (no, I do NOT have a garden… *sniffle*)

    As for meals for one, here is my suggestion:

    Bake a fish fillet of your choice “En Papillote” (in a package)
    The parchment paper is cut into a cute heart shape, which should help remind you how loveable you are while Jorge isn’t there to tell you in person! Keep the calories down by using just a LITTLE compound butter. Don’t drown the poor thing! :-)

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    Raina — June 14, 2010 @ 7:08 am

    These look wonderful. I love things like this..anything with cheese and breadcrumbs has me written all over And with the fresh garden tomatoes..yum! I have my grandmother still with me too and I know what you mean..I really treasure her advice and instruction with cooking.

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    Lea Ann — June 14, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and the comment. Great blog you have here, I’m a new follower.

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    caronae — June 14, 2010 @ 7:41 am

    These look absolutely gorgeous and perfect for one person! Unfortunately, tomatoes are my most hated food so I probably won’t be trying them, but I could definitely make it with peppers or something instead! I’ve lived by myself for several years so I’m used to cooking for one. There are actually a lot of options, especially if you embrace leftovers! I like to do stir-fries, quesadillas/wraps, single serving steaks/salmon with roast veggies, etc. Good luck!

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    Polwig — June 14, 2010 @ 7:55 am

    These look amazing. Great presentation also. I wonder if you can stuff cherry or grape tomatoes this way for little fingers.

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    Catherine — June 14, 2010 @ 8:03 am

    You have such a lovely site here! These tomatoes look wonderful! I have to try these soon!Yummy!

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    Nicole — June 14, 2010 @ 9:05 am

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog and I’m so glad I found yours! This recipe looks delicious and I love the story of your granny. So cute.

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    Chocolate Freckles — June 14, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    Your recipes look amazing!!! Loved your blog .. will be visiting often!

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    Chef E — June 14, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    I love popping these into my mouth! Tomatoes has to be my all time favorite food, and then you add cheese, well, need I say more!

    I am laughing at the bottom post- mine just left me this morning :( he travels a lot for work and then I have no one to cook for!

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    Ameena — June 14, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    Beautiful photography Jessica! You certainly are not a novice anymore, if ever.

    Anything stuffed with cheese is a winner in my book. :)

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — June 14, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    Look at that juice coming out of the tomato!!! Yum!

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    Debbie — June 14, 2010 @ 9:59 am

    I love reading your blogs, I know it is always going to be something I want to make, thanks!

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    Krystal R. — June 14, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    YUM, these look fantastic. I can’t wait for my tomatos to start blooming already so I can make this!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 14, 2010 @ 11:40 am

    That last picture with the perfect water droplet – Oh! So amazing. This looks like a scrumptious recipe. Thank your Granny on behalf of all your drooling readers!

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    Barbara — June 14, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    What mouth-watering photos! I love stuffed tomatoes, Jessica. And if you can make them less calories, all the better. Be fun to try this in the cherry tomato size too.

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    kalli@fitandfortysomething — June 14, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

    oh these tomatoes looks amazing…..super yummy :)

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    Rock — June 14, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

    Very Nice, indeed.

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    Ivy — June 14, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing this family recipe. These are perfect for a light lunch.

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    Cooking with Kait — June 14, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    Hi Jessica, thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you will give the dumplings a try. These stuffed tomatoes look delicious. Thanks for sharing the calories information.

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    Lawyer Loves Lunch — June 14, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    Yay! So glad to have found another fabulous Texan in the blogging world. These look awesome and the pictures are beautiful! :)

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    Doc — June 14, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

    Fantastic! So delicious with the fresh from the garden tomatoes here in Fla! Pics are lovely as well. Excellent site!

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    Simply Life — June 14, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

    Oh my gosh, those are beautiful! What a great blog you have!

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    Faith — June 14, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

    These tomatoes are gorgeous! And wow, 150 calories a tomato? There is absolutely no way I could pass up a meal like this!

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    Juliana — June 14, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

    What a beautiful dish…and sure your stuffed tomatoes look very tasty…absolutely gorgeous. Love the pictures!

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    Krishnaveni — June 14, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

    first time here…lovely space…colourful tomatoes…tempting a lot…delicious recipe

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    elra — June 14, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

    Jessica, any stuffed vegetable instantly become my favorite. Your tomato is no exception. Looks delicious!

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    julie — June 14, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

    wow girl your blog is amazing! and soooo are these tomaters :) i love spark recipes! the daily ones make me want to cook something serious like this everyday!

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    Reeni — June 14, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

    These tomatoes are gorgeous! And a bonus that their so low in calories. They look insanely delicious!

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    Deborah — June 14, 2010 @ 8:48 pm

    These are so beautiful!

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    Katie@Cozydelicious — June 14, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    Yum! These look so tasty. I have a ton of tomatoes from my CSA share, so this is a great idea.

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    Jen_from_NJ — June 14, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

    This stuffed tomato recioe will be great for our famous Jersey tomatoes! Thank you to you and your Granny! The photo is perfect!

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    Donna — June 14, 2010 @ 10:35 pm

    I disagree: you’re no novice in the kitchen! Your recipes look beautiful. I’ll be back!

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    Christine @ Fresh Local and Best — June 14, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

    These look like a terrific appetizer, and if you have enough a great dinner. It is such a blessing to have people around you who instill the virtues of gardening and cooking.

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    5 Star Foodie — June 14, 2010 @ 11:02 pm

    Those stuffed tomatoes look absolutely gorgeous and sound so good with the yummy cheese!

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    Mary — June 15, 2010 @ 12:22 am

    Jessica these look and sound delicious. I definitely will be trying these when our tomatoes come in. I hope you’ve had a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Jeannie — June 15, 2010 @ 12:26 am

    Hi! Just dropping by the say thanks for visiting! Wow! you have a very lovely blog…I love your slide photos at the top of your blog, how did you do that?

    The tomatoes certainly look healthy and delicious! Look at the juice indeed!

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    theUngourmet — June 15, 2010 @ 12:50 am

    I can hardly wait for my garden tomatoes to be ripe and ready! I will be making this recipe for sure. Such gorgeous photos!

    I love your blog header too!

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    Tom — June 15, 2010 @ 5:28 am

    I’m not a huge fan of cooked tomato, though these looks absolutely delicious!

    Could I cook the ingredients and then stuff into a raw tomato?? d’ya reckon that would taste gross? 馃榾

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    Sharlene — June 15, 2010 @ 6:25 am

    Mmm! These look so good. I’ve never tried to make these kind of tomatoes but whenever I see them at gatherings I’m all over them. Such a perfect side dish!

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    Joanne — June 15, 2010 @ 6:41 am

    I couldn’t help but laugh because I can totally use some ass friendly recipes at the moment. Especially ass friendly recipes that are delicious and involve cheese. Those are HARD to come by!

    I love that these use homegrown tomatoes! So amazing. And yeah grandmas are EXCELLENT creatures!

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    Laetitia — June 15, 2010 @ 7:06 am

    those tomatoes are stunning!! and so well photographed!

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    Mansi — June 15, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

    This is always my go-to recipe when I need something warma nd comforting:) your picture looks amazing!

    do send it in for the Magic Bullet recipe contest/giveaway hosted on my blog:)Your recipe could win you a Free Magic Bullet To Go!

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    grace — June 15, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

    mmm. i often think of stuffed tomatoes as an okay dish, only worth the effort if i’m feeling particularly energized. your filling, however, changes all that–i LOVE me some jack cheese. gorgeous work, jessica!

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    Nisrine@Dinners & Dreams — June 15, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    Simple, beautiful and delicious!

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    denise @ quickies on the dinner table — June 16, 2010 @ 5:37 am

    Wow!! Those pics just pop right off the page!! These look absolutely paw-the-screen good!

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    lisaiscooking — June 16, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

    Tomatoes are so lovely right now, and stuffing them sounds delicious. Great to know they’re low calorie too!

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    Cookie Sleuth — June 16, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

    Beautiful! What a great summer treat!

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    Martha — June 18, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

    These look really wonderful – they’re going on the menu plan this week for sure :-)

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    lisa — June 29, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    What a great recipe! Thank you.

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    jennifer B — July 3, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    These look so good that I’m trying them tonight with my boyfriend!

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    Kelly — August 17, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

    Hi! I stumbled in here last night for the first time, I am definitely a novice, but you make everything so easy to understand. I am trying the tomatoes tonight, the look DELICIOUS! (PS, I am trying the chicken souvlaki and tzaiki sauce tomorrow night) Thanks so much!!

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    JennF — December 30, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

    Hi these look fantastic & they’re exactly what I needed to add to my menu tomorrow. Just one question though, why wrap each tomato individually in foil?

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    Holley — March 8, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

    I am making these right now. I will let everyone know how they turn out. They looked so good, had to try it out:-)

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    Jenna @ Newlyweds — June 1, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    Oh my goodness my hubby will love these as will I. Perfect way to enjoy some of our garden veggies. Thanks for sharing.

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    sisir — March 19, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    I am making these right now. I will let everyone know how they turn out. They looked so good, had to try it out:-)

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    Jay — July 14, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    I did this today with some fresh off the vine early girls and it was delicous. I set the oven temperature to 450 degrees and baked them for 15 minutes. This recipe is going into my regular rotation.

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    Kendra Little — September 6, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    Love this! I’m making some meat-stuffed bell peppers for company tomorrow night. I can make these as well for the perfect stuffed-veg party!

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    Debra M. — September 28, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    I made this recipe with cherry tomatoes for appetizers, and they are delicious! I doubled your ingredients and used 2 pints of tomatoes. Thank you!!!

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