Stuffed Baked Tomatoes with Ricotta, Sweet Corn and Pesto

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on September 9, 2009

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Can I just say that this dish is spectacular to make while the lovely summer tomatoes are still around! This is a great make- ahead tomato recipe. Once youve stuffed the tomatoes, you could keep them covered in the fridge for a day or two before baking.

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Juicy, round, vine ripened tomatoes are just perfect for stuffing. Red or green peppers will also be great for stuffing.

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Cut the the tomatoes in half horizontally. Scoop out the flesh and membrane using a spoon. Be careful not to scoop all the way into the skin. Save the tomato flesh for another dish that calls for tomatoes. Dab the cavities of the tomatoes with a paper towel. You need to dab away all the juice and moisture inside the tomatoes.

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Mix together ricotta cheese, sweet corn, pesto, garlic and parmesan. Stuff the tomatoes with the filling. Then sprinkle bread crumbs on top.

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Place the stuffed tomatoes in a buttered or oiled baking dish. Drizzle a little butter or olive oil on top of the tomatoes. Bake till the tomatoes are soft, about 15-20 minutes. Then broil till the tops are golden. Done!

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They come out warm, smelling like basil, juicy on the inside and crispy-golden on top. The ricotta is creamy and the little bursts of sweet corn are oh-so-yummy. A perfect dish!

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Serve these stuffed, baked tomatoes as a side dish. Or serve them with a green salad as a main course.

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A sprig of thyme makes things pretty..

Ricotta, Sweet Corn and Pesto Stuffed Baked Tomatoes Recipe
makes 12 pieces
6 small tomatoes
8 tbsp Ricotta cheese
3 tbsp Parmesan cheese
3 tbsp store bought pesto
2 cloves Garlic, minced
6 tbsp Sweet corn
Salt, pepper (keep in mind that the parmesan and pesto already have salt)
10 tbsp Bread crumbs, I used Italian garlic and herb bread crumbs.
Butter or olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 f.Cut the tomatoes in half horizontally. Scoop out the flesh using a spoon. Dab the tomato cavities dry (See pictures above). In a bowl, mix together all other ingredients except tomatoes, bread crumbs and butter/olive oil.  Spoon this mixture into each tomato half. Top with bread crumbs (approximately 1 tbsp breadcrumbs per tomato half). Gently pat the bread crumbs down. Drizzle a little butter or olive oil on top of the stuffed tomatoes.

Place stuffed tomatoes in a buttered or oiled baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Then turn the oven to broil and broil till the tops are golden, about 1 minute.

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1 Soma September 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm

He heee! we did have the tomatoes in mind! & I am having quite a few from my yard too. I love tomatoes, in any form. This is a fabulous recipe & the best part about it is the pesto that you put there. i am not too fond of Ricotta or paneer or any cheese to speak, but i think the pesto adds the zing in it.

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

@Soma, if you dont like cheese, you could use breadcrumbs, spinach, couscous, rice or mashed potatoes in there!

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2 lisaiscooking September 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm

These sound so good with the pesto! I had a mishap with stuffed tomatoes last weekend. I stuffed mine with goat cheese, garlic, and basil, and they smelled delicious as they baked. When I picked the baking pan out of the oven, it slipped out of my hands. The tomatoes landed upside down on the oven door and the floor. I spent an hour cleaning instead of eating stuffed tomatoes!

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3 Rosa September 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm

A delightful dish! I cannot resist such a wonderful flavor combo!

Cheers,

Rosa

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4 Manasi September 9, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Looks super! love the filling and I can see that there can be so many variations as well!

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5 Chakh...le...Re!!! September 9, 2009 at 7:31 pm

wow, Looks the yummiest. Loved it. Cant wait to try it…!

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6 varsha September 9, 2009 at 7:48 pm

That looks spectacular..those tomatoes look so pretty Sala..:)

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7 varsha September 9, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Spectacular..those tomatoes are some gorgeous beauties Sala..!

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8 Cham September 9, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Eyecatching and spectacular those tomatoes!

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9 Pavani September 9, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Simple to make and utterly delicious with the addition of pesto and ricotta. Yummy pics.

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10 Roses R Red September 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm

They certainly look delicious! But like alot of work :)
Gorgeous photos too.

Rose

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11 shaz September 9, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Beautiful tomatoes! They looks super scrumptious

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12 nags September 9, 2009 at 11:03 pm

this is such a pretty little dish that can wow guests! i love the red of the tomatoes :)

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13 Priya September 10, 2009 at 1:34 am

Very innovative..those tomato cups are very cute..

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14 Dana September 10, 2009 at 10:44 am

Truly perfection on a plate. This is such a perfect end of summer combination.

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15 a2zvegetariancuisine September 10, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Looks lovely, absolutely delicious.

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16 yasmeen September 10, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I’d love to try these cheesy stuffed tomatoes :)

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17 Mari at Once Upon a Plate September 10, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Sala, You do it every time! Everything you show us ~ I want to try! This looks particularly delicious (and your photos are so very beautiful, as always!)

Hmmm, would you consider adopting me as one of your aunties? :) I would love to help you taste-test!! xo ~m

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18 Anh September 11, 2009 at 12:51 am

I was just thinking about this very combo! Delicious!

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19 Meghan@traveleatlove September 11, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Holy yum those look amazing,t hanks!

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20 the Provident Woman September 16, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Anything with Ricotta is good. That’s all you need.

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21 Lubna Karim September 17, 2009 at 8:16 am

Wow…love that cheesy baked tomato recipe…very yum…..

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22 Sandie (Inn Cuisine) September 17, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Oh my, these look so tempting and tasty, and have just been added to my “to make” list. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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23 Deesha September 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Hey ..

I love tomatoes .. this dish looks really fancy .. awesome

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24 HoneyB September 21, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Those tomatoes are beautiful! The recipe looks delish!

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25 Sara @ Our Best Bites September 25, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Okay first of all, those are the most perfectly round tomatoes I have ever seen in my life! I have stuffed tomatoes on my menu this week; I think I might make these ones, they sound divine!

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26 Kevin September 26, 2009 at 5:26 pm

What a great way to stuff some tomatoes!

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27 Sara October 4, 2009 at 6:19 pm

these look so lovely. I think we still have some great tom with our late summer in so cal. Corn.. not so sure but i love it!

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28 Anu Menon August 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm

i love how thw tomatoes have stood their ground :) Its my hubby’s bday in a few days and we were planning to have a small get together… The only thing is i need just 1 more main course dish. Its going to be an italian affair… Any suggestions? Lasagna is already in :)
The others being mini pizza, omlette rolls, rye bread with olive oil. And desert :) need to fill the gap inbetween…
p.s: Any suggestions will be taken very seriously!

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

Take alook at the spaghetti and spinach balls recipe http://www.veggiebelly.com/2010/05/spaghetti-spinach-balls.html

It has spinach and zucchini which is nice for the summer. Plus its deeeelicious with a great wow factor – perfect for a birthday meal.

The spinach balls take a bit of time to make, but hey, its the hubbys birthday ;)

Let me know if you have any questions and how your Italian meal goes. A very happy birthday to your husband!

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29 Anu Menon August 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Sweeet… Thanks… and this is what im making… will send the pics when done :)
Thanks sooo much for getting back so soon :)

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30 Emily August 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I made these earlier…ate them as a side dish with grilled pork chops…they were absolutely delicioussss!!! And I dont really care for tomatoes much either. I made some with tomato and some with green peppers and I have to admit the stuffed tomatoes tasted better. I definitely will be making these again.

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31 Premalatha Aravindhan September 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm

wow truly tempting,lovely clicks as ever…

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