Stuffed Tomatoes – Grow. Eat. $ave.

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 14, 2010

To-may-toes, To-mah-toes…

It’s what we’re talking about this week on Grow. Eat. $ave! Stuffed Tomatoes to be exact…

Got an over abundance of tomatoes?!? Looking for a cool, light and refreshing side…or even a main dish dinner?!? Well, stuffed tomatoes are THE way to go!

Stuffed Tomatoes with Spicy Avocado Salad

4 large tomatoes
1 avocado, diced
About 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Cut a cone around the stem bud, cutting out the center portion of the tomato.  Scoop out the seeds. (So it won’t be so “runny” when you fork into it.)

In a mixing bowl, toss together the avocado, onion, jalapeno, crushed garlic, ground cumin and lemon juice.  Season with a little salt and pepper.

Stuffed the Spicy Avocado Salad into the Tomatoes.

Grilled Stuffed Orange Tomatoes with Black Olives and Provencal Goat Cheese

4 orange tomatoes
1 15 oz. can sliced black olives
1/2 cup goat cheese, provencal flavor

Cut a cone around the stem bud, cutting out the center portion of the tomato.  Scoop out the seeds.

In a mixing bowl, toss the black olive slices and the goat cheese and stuff into the awaiting tomatoes.

Place the stuffed tomatoes on a hot grill and grill for about 5-8 minutes, or until goat cheese gets oozy…and the tomato skin begins to wrinkle.

Devour.

Are you drooling yet?!?

More Stuffing Ideas

  • Tuna Salad
  • Savory Chicken Salad
  • Corn and Black Bean Salsa
  • Guacamole

Do you have a favorite filling for Stuffed Tomatoes?!

What’s your favorite way to use up the overabundance of tomatoes from your garden or from your trip to the farmer’s market?!

Link up those MATER recipes…

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie August 14, 2010 at 8:59 am

We belong to a CSA and the tomatoes aren’t even in full swing yet & we are getting close to 10 lbs per week! I have been making tomato basil salad, bruschetta, and this week i made homemade tomato sauce. I have about 2 lbs of tomatoes on my windowsill ripening as we speak, and I am looking forward to dicing them up & canning them for use in soups & sauces through out the winter, because there are only so many days of fresh tomatoes I can handle before I am ready to start dropping care packages off by the basketful to unsuspecting family & neighbors!

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Wendy (The Local Cook) August 14, 2010 at 10:22 am

I’m hoping to be able to can tomatoes this year. We’ll see if I get around to it. The fresh tomato soup recipe I’m linking up is from last year, but oh my word, it is SO tasty!

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zellion August 14, 2010 at 10:34 am

Oh yeah, I’m drooling. I’m canning more salsa with the excess tomatoes this week but I’ll have more in just a few days and then I think that the black olives and goat cheese one sounds to die for!

I get a lot of cherry tomatoes too – even though I only planted one cherry tomato plant. One! And I’m still getting 10+ a day. I like to make couscous with roasted garlic and olive oil, then pan cook the cherry tomatoes cut into 8th’s, along with onion and zucchini.

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Alea August 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I love the idea of stuffing a tomato with chicken salad! I also think your Double Bean Stuffed Peppers recipe would work well with tomatoes, but that would mean turning on the oven…

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Paula August 15, 2010 at 9:50 am

@Alea,
I love to make a tuna salad using:
2 cans drained white albacore tuna
1 apple diced
1/2 cucumber peeled and diced
1 carrot shredded
1/4 cup raisins
enough mayo to make it the right consisitency, maybe 1/4-1/2
Mix this all together and then stuff in a cored tomato and serve with your favorite crackers. We sometimes have mac and cheese with this as well.

My mom used to make this when I was little on hot evenings and I loved it. My children are now teens and adults and they all love it too.

Another thing my mom made in the summer was cold plates. These would include all kinds of things, basically whatever was in the fridge and didn’t need heated. Cold cuts, cheese, cottage cheese, potato salad, macaroni salad, slaw, tuna, fresh veggies or fruit cut up and maybe a dip, banana, pumpkin, or zuchinni bread with honey butter or cream cheese. These were always a surprise and always yummy. If there were left over deviled eggs to go on these they were a celebration;-)

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Alea August 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm

@Paula, Your tuna salad sounds incredible!

A cold plate dinner would be a great way to use up all of the “cold” leftovers that accumulate through out the week. Thanks for sharing this idea; I think my kids will enjoy the novelty!

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JodieMo August 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I just love tomatoes and I love stuffing them too! I just did a Tuna Curry Salad Stuffed Tomato as well as the Tomato Gorgonzola Bake. The tomato is just so versatile!

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Yasmin August 14, 2010 at 7:11 pm

OMG. I LOVE tomatoes! So many things you can with them. Some of my favorite things:
Roast tomatoes on the grill (need green or slightly under-ripe tomatoes).
Roasted red pepper & tomato Gouda soup.
Tomato salads
Salsa (I lost 20 pounds on a “salsa diet” but it wasn’t exactly “pure” salsa).
Salsa on roasted chicken breasts
Pan-fried tomatoes

This post made hungry now for tomatoes so now I’m eating yellow pear tomatoes.

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Rona August 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm

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I was just thinking about having a tomato salad for lunch. Yummy.

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Tiffany August 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I’m so very jealous of your tomatoes. I’ve had exactly 3 ripe tomatoes and 2 of those were rotten on the bottom. I’m not sure what we’re doing wrong with our tomato plants. The cherry ones are doing pretty good though. I’m still holding out hope that our plants will perk up and produce!

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Laura @ Let's Get Homey, Homies! August 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I love to stuff tomatoes with couscous and some minced onion, peppers, garlic and whatever herbs I have. Sometimes I put some cheese in it and on top and stick it under the broiler for a few minutes.

I just love tomatoes. Especially this time of year!

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Betsy August 16, 2010 at 8:06 am

These look great! I’m definitely going to try the avocao ones. I love tomatoes, too. My husband grows them for me, and this year has been average, which is better than nothing. Last year was stellar–we ate fresh tomatoes every day for 77 days straight. It was like heaven. These days, I’ve had tomatoes every day, but not often enough to share with the rest of the family. LOL

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Chaya August 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

I love the avocados in the tomatoes. That is some combination, filled with flavor.

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Kristy @momhatescooking August 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Looking forward to trying the pancakes, I have lots of blueberries!

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