Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Last night, when our weekly CSA shipment arrived on our doorstep, I could barely lift the box.  Because of the heavy rain early in the summer, a lot of our produce here in Oregon was pushed back, and evidently, we have just arrived at the peak of the tomato season. I got three large bags of colorful, sweet, farm fresh, vine ripened tomatoes, ranging in size from little pear and grape tomatoes, all the way up to big slicers. I simply couldn’t let these beauties go to waste. So, after eating a fair amount of smaller tomatoes straight from the bag, I decided that stuffing the cherry tomatoes sounded like a good plan. But with what? I scoured the refrigerator to see what I had on hand that would make a good filling. Hummus? Egg salad? Marinated feta cheese? They all sounded delicious. But then I laid my eyes upon a package of fresh goat cheese. You have to understand that ever since I was five years old, I have had a deep affinity for deliciously tangy goat cheese. That summer, when I was five, we visited my great grandmother’s farm in Washington, where she kept chickens, rabbits, pigs, cows, and goats. While I was not, unlike my siblings, very keen on the idea of milking the goats, the tangy, salty, earthy, homemade cheese was a revelation. And, even today, I still consider it to be a decadent treat. I began by slicing the tops off of the cherry tomatoes, and, using a melon baller, scooped out the seeds and pulp. (You may also want to make a tiny slice on the bottom of each to give any uncooperative tomatoes a flat surface upon which to stand.) In a mixing bowl, I then combined four ounces of goat cheese, about a third of a cup of Greek yogurt (which helped to loosen the cheese up a little bit, though sour cream, or a splash of buttermilk would work equally well), about a fourth of a teaspoon of prepared horseradish (or to taste), one small garlic clove (which I grated on a microplane zester), about two tablespoons each of minced fresh basil and chives (though dill, tarragon, or any fresh green herb would also be equally delicious… these are just what I happened to have on hand today), a dash of salt, and freshly ground black pepper. I loaded the cheese mixture into a zip lock bag, snipped off the corner, and “piped” the filling into each of the tomatoes. (Depending on the size of your tomatoes, you should be able to fill about a dozen or so.) The sweet tomatoes are a perfect backdrop to the herbaceous, creamy, tangy, filling. They are beautiful served on a bed of fresh chives (splayed out “pick up sticks” style), and garnished with either more fresh chives or a chiffonade of fresh basil, and the tiniest sprinkling of pimentón (for color, and hint of smoke).  These are the perfect little bites to serve with cocktails.  They are easy to make, quick to put together, and people really go crazy for them. Enjoy!  (And don’t forget, there is only one day left to enter for your chance to win my first giveaway – a $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card!!! )

This post made the Foodbuzz.com Top 9!!!

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28 responses to “Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

  1. woman&warrior

    Gorgeous! And delish! Hope to try this soon. Thanks for sharing a simple summer recipe.

  2. stylin’ photos, and a late-summer seasonal treat. Theresa

  3. Yum. Those sound like such a great combination of flavors and the photos are gorgeous. I just got a bunch of cherry tomatoes in my CSA too. I’ll have to give this a try.

  4. Wow. Those look beautiful. I love your pictures….you make food look like art. :) I’m definitely adding this of my list of recipes to try…what a great appetizer for a party!

  5. Wow. Those look beautiful. I love your pictures….you make food look like pieces of art that I would hang on my wall. :) I’m definitely adding this of my list of recipes to try…what a great appetizer for a party!

  6. b kinch

    Looks good! I’ve been suffing mini sweet peppers with goat cheese all summer, but this sounds even better.

  7. I have a serious glut of cherry tomatoes in my backyard, and am running out of things to do with them. I love how simple this recipe seems, and how beautiful these look! These would make a great appetizer at any party.

  8. I might have to try these! I’m making a baked sauce with bread crumbs and some salsa. Thanks for another wonderful suggestion.

  9. Excellent photos, great post!

  10. Adorable and tasty, I’m sure! Just lovely :)

  11. Hello Jacob, they look wonderfull, I love stuffed tomatoes, and yours are very good proposal for it,
    Thanks for share you wonderfull recipe :)

    I also have a stuff tomatoes in my blog http://desdelacocinadeniuconamor.blogspot.com/2010/08/tomates-rellenos-la-catalana.html
    I would like to share them with you if you want to check it out, they are stuffed with cheese, some Catalonian sausage (could be any sausage you prefer), mushrooms and black olives :)

  12. These would make wonderful appetizers, so beautiful and tasty.

  13. love goat cheese…nice picture….I’d pop everyone of these in my mouth!!

  14. Sue

    Anything with goat cheese is good but those look especially delicious. I will need to try that since here in central western Washington our tomatoes are FINALLY ripe

  15. These are irresistible – and also remind me that it is nearing cocktail hour . . . Cheers, Michelle

  16. I’m with you, goat cheese is one of my favorites. These look so cute and delicious, I can almost taste them through the computer!

  17. The presentation is simply fantastic!

  18. I love this – they’re sooo adorable and look delicious, too. Also, that’s how I “pipe” things too, as I only recently acquired an actual piping bag and have yet to make anything which requires its services!

    Congrats on the Top 9 too, well deserved ;)

    Jax x

  19. That CSA box sounds like it’s bursting with amazingness! (yeah not a real word but still) I’d love to have some nice big tomatoes like that with dinner :)

  20. Loving this plate! Mmmmm tomatoes and goats cheese

  21. With my recent tomato obsession, these will be a perfect addition to our table! Unfortunately my cherry tomato plant was a bit of a bust this summer, but our Farmer’s Market is filled with what seems to be peak tomato season as well. Nicely done!

  22. Amazing photography as usual. :D Simplicity is the king. Just a few main ingredients with great contrasting colors makes a wonderful dish.

    Congrats on top 9!

    Matt Kay

  23. Congrats on the top nine!!! As always a great post and wonderful pictures. You should do a post on how you get such lovely photos. Keep it up!!!!

  24. well done on the top 9! :)

  25. Absolutely lovely! Might have to try this soon as I am most fond of goat cheese and the small little tomatoes!

  26. Not a huge fan of cherry tomatoes, but the fact that they’re gutted and filled with my favorite cheese makes me want to overlook my bias. Great appetizer idea.

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