Baked Cheesy Tomato Basil Cups are a wonderful way to use fresh garden tomatoes and basil, not to mention a fabulous appetizer for any party.
Whether you're a gardener or not, tomatoes home grown or ripe vine from the market are the perfect little veggie to stuff! These little ones are from my garden which seemed for us to take forever to get some ripe, red, juicy ones this year. Finally now I've got an abundance and I'm finding unique ways to enjoy them.
Stuffed with fresh basil and mozzarella they epitomize the summer season of caprese salads. Though when baked they take on a fall season flair that will work for an appetizer or side dish for any social gathering.
This dish is especially perfect for those reducing or eliminating grains in their diet. No grains are involved in the stuffing of these babies. The filling here will provide you a good amount for about 12 small tomatoes. Enjoy the flavors of summer with this fall side dish!
Baked Cheesy Tomato Basil Cups
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Scoop out the inside seeds of the tomatoes.
- Place tomatoes cut side down on paper towels to drain juices for abut 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl whisk together the garlic, oil, salt, and pepper.
- Place tomatoes into bowl and using your hands coat the tomatoes all over with the oil mixture. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes.
- In another bowl mix the cheeses and basil.
- Fill each tomato with some filling, level with the height of the tomato. (Obviously the amount will vary according to the sizes of the tomatoes.)
- Lay parchment paper on a baking pan and place tomatoes.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted.