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Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese

July 30th, 2011 in Appetizers & Snacks by
Total cooking time: 45min
Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe

These campari tomatoes stuffed with fresh quark cheese, chopped greens and garlic can be nice addition to any celebration table or a cookout: they look festive, taste good and can be easily eaten with fingers.

If you can’t find quark cheese (sometimes called farmers cheese, or fresh white cheese, or tvorog in russian) it may work with feta cheese, but I like it more with quark.

Seeds and pulp from tomatoes as well as top parts – once removed – are not needed for this recipe. You can discard them, or use in some other dish.

Many kind of stews and soups would only benefit from fresh tomatoes. I used seeds and juice from this batch to marinate a nice ribeye steak.

Ingredients:


How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients: pick tomatoes of the same size, bigger and firm tomatoes are easier to seed:
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 1
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 1
  2. Start by seeding tomatoes: if you do angled cuts like I did it will look more festive, however if you want to save some time, you can simply cut top part straight off:
    Cut top part of tomato with sharp knife, then cut once more at about 60 degrees
    Cut top part of tomato with sharp knife, cut once more at about 60 degrees
    Continue cutting the same way around
    Continue cutting the same way around
    Then remove top part, you will not need it
    Then remove top part, you will not need it

    Carefully cut seed holders from the sides with a knife (don’t slice through)
    Carefully cut seed holders from the sides with a knife (don’t slice through)
    Remove seeds with small spoon and discard
    Remove seeds with small spoon and discard
    Clean inside of tomato from the remaining juice and seeds
    Clean inside of tomato from the remaining juice and seeds

  3. Repeat for all tomatoes, rub each tomato inside with salt and set on the paper towel upside down for 20-30 mins (while we prepare stuffing):
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 3
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 3
  4. In a bowl mash fresh quark cheese with a fork:
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 4
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 4
  5. Rinse and chop all greens – onions, dill and parsley:
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 5
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 5
  6. Add them to the bowl:
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 6
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 6
  7. Peel and mince garlic:
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 7
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 7
  8. Add up to 2 tablespoons of mayo (can be replaced with sour cream, if you like); salt to taste and mix:
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 8
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 8
  9. Fill each campari tomato with stuffing using a teaspoon:
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 9
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 9
  10. And serve as an appetizer or a snack:
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 10
    Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Cheese Recipe: Step 10
Enjoy!

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dreamyvocals

Whenever I make this dish, everyone LOVES it. It is also very filling!

aida

It looks fantastic , I am going to make it right now 🙂

Tio

Hi Julia!

Would a mild blue cheese work out for this recipe? (instead of the quark cheese)

genta

One of my favourite combinations of food. Looks such a beautiful dish with the cute shape you have given to tomatoes. I will definitely try this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely work of passion with us.

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