Cheese & Herb Stuffed Tomatoes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | May 11th, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

Highlight the flavors of freshly picked tomatoes with a simple filling of goat cheese and herbs.

plum tomatoes stuffed with goat cheese and herbs

Cheese & Herb Stuffed Tomatoes

Michele Pesula Kuegler

Sure, we can call this a serving of veggies!

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Course Appetizer
Cuisine vegetarian



  • 6 plum tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 4 oz. goat cheese softened
  • 8 fresh basil leaves minced
  • Artisanal balsamic vinegar optional



  • Preheat oven to 325
  • Slice tomatoes in half widthwise; remove seeds and pulp
  • Drizzle olive oil on tomatoes, rub to coat inside and out.
  • Place tomatoes cut side up in muffin pan.
  • Sprinkle each with a small amount of salt
  • Roast for 15 minutes
  • While roasting, combine goat cheese and basil.
  • After 15 minutes, divide goat cheese evenly among tomatoes.
  • Cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, if desired.

Keyword goat cheese stuffed tomatoes, stuffed tomatoes, tomato appetizer, tomato goat cheese appetizer

Full confession time: When I made this recipe, it was late April, and I was living in New Hampshire. That means that this recipe was tested and made with tomatoes shipped from a great distance. Although they were yummy, I know that they would be so much tastier made with freshly picked tomatoes. Thus, I will be making it again to remind myself of all the flavors I missed the first time around.

To learn more about this recipe, originally published in May 2019, keep reading.

I enjoy having time by myself. I always have it seems. Apparently once my older brother went to school and I was home with just my mom for a few hours every day, I found a group of imaginary friends. I’d play for great lengths in my bedroom with these characters.

I still enjoy alone time, although there aren’t any imaginary people joining me. So, when my husband needed to travel for work recently, I declined to join him and decided to take the time to work from home and enjoy a bit of quiet. This all worked well, except for two things.

The first issue was his travels didn’t bring him home until later on Friday. While I could have stayed in, it was Friday, gosh darn it, and I wanted to do something fun. Being a person of a certain age, most of my friends are busy with spouses and kids, so it would need to be solo. This brought my first conundrum, what fun thing could I do solo?

The answer was: go to the movies. I’m a member of a local, independent theater (Hello, Red River Theatres). I knew that a movie I had wanted to see had been released, so I decided to go to the movies alone. Thankfully in the darkness I didn’t feel too out of place. Even better, The Mustang was an amazing movie- put it on your need to watch list.

The second issue was having recipe testers. I didn’t have any meetings scheduled for Friday. I could have brought treats to my husband’s office, but I don’t like to do that when he’s away. I also didn’t want to be the only reviewer of this new item.

Solution- make a small batch. Eat some of it as my lunch. Save the rest for the husband, who could reheat and have for the lunch the next day. Problem solved. Granted it was a smaller test group than usual, but it got As from both of us, so here it is.

Whether you need a hearty appetizer or a new side dish, these tomatoes will work quite nicely.

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