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!

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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