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Course: Mains
Keyword: Sides, Stuffed Tomatoes, Summer, Vegetarian

Stuffed Tomatoes

ACTIVE TIME: 40 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 46 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Photo by Lynne Calamia
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  • 6 medium tomatoes, preferably heirloom
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 6 ounces fresh mushrooms, any combination of portabella, cremini, chantrelle, or shitake, roughly chopped
  • 0.5 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 0.5 cup pinenuts, toasted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 3 1/2 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature
ACTIVE TIME: 40 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 46 minutes
Yield: 6 servings


  • Thinly slice off the top of the tomato using a serrated knife, exposing the core and seeds. Discard the seeds. Using a grapefruit spoon, remove the inside flesh or core of the tomato. Coarsely chop the cores and tops of the tomatoes and set aside. Sprinkle the hollowed out tomatoes with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and place cut side down on a rack set inside a half sheet pan. Let sit until ready to stuff.
  • Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the garlic and onion. Cook until the onions are translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the wine to the pan and cook until most of liquid is absorbed, an additional 4 to 5 minutes. Add the chopped tomato and the panko and cook another 1 to 2 minutes. Add the pinenuts and heat through. Season the mushroom mixture with the remaining salt and the black pepper. Remove from the heat and add the sherry vinegar and 1 tablespoon of the fresh parsley.
  • Heat the broiler to high and set a rack in the top third of the oven.
  • Combine the goat cheese and remaining parsley in a small mixing bowl. Stuff each tomato with approximately 1/3 cup of the mushroom mixture. Top each with the goat cheese mixture, dividing evenly among the tomatoes. Place the tomatoes on a half-sheet pan and broil until the cheese is slightly melted and golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.
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