Vegetarian Cheesy Stuffed Tomatoes with Balsamic Glazed Vegetables
Ripe summer tomatoes stuffed with a mixture of parmesan, rice, garlic, onions, and herbs and chunks of fresh mozzarella and topped off with a crispy layer of parmesan and panko bread crumbs.
This is one of those dishes that I want to eat all the time when tomatoes are in season. It’s light and packed with the fresh summer flavors of tomatoes and herbs. Plus…. like hidden treasure, there are chunks of melty fresh mozzarella cheese in there.
Serving these with balsamic glazed vegetables is, of course, not required. But the flavors were made for each other.
Weekly Meal Plans that Include Cheesy Stuffed Tomatoes:Print
- 5 tbsp of olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 8 large tomatoes, ripe but still firm
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, divided
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 cup grated parmesan, divided
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add 2 tbsp olive oil to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and spread the oil around to coat the bottom. Set aside
- Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a skillet and place over medium heat. Add the diced onion and sauté until soft and golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Scrape the onion and garlic into a large bowl.
- Cut the tops off the tomatoes and discard. Scoop out the inside of the tomatoes, reserving 3/4 cup of the pulp and juice and discarding the rest. Set the hollowed out tomatoes inside the baking dish.
- Add the 3/4 cup tomato pulp and juice to the bowl with the onions and garlic along with the cooked rice, chopped basil and parsley, salt, 1 tsp black pepper, red pepper flakes, and 1/2 cup grated parmesan.
- Push about 1 ounce of fresh mozzarella cheese into the center of each stuffed tomato, burying it in the stuffing.
- In a small bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup grated parmesan with the panko bread crumbs and remaining 1/2 tsp black pepper. Sprinkle evenly over the tops of the tomatoes.
- Bake for 35 minutes. Turn on the broiler and let cook for another 1-2 minutes to brown the bread crumbs. Watch carefully – the bread crumbs will go from golden brown to burnt in a matter of seconds.
- Remove from the oven, drizzle the tops with another 1-2 tsp olive oil and serve.