Stuffed Tomatoes

I found this recipe via Pioneer Woman's site who was having yet another blogger visit her ranch. How do I get an invitation to cook in that kitchen?

The blogger is a cool dude named Pastor Ryan. I am not sure if this dude has a church or congregation, hence the name pastor, but he has a neat website called This is Reverb.

He does a lot of missionary work in poor countries, has tons of cool tattoos and is a great cook and an even better photographer. I have been enjoying his blog.

I made his recipe for stuffed Roma tomatoes, but did not use Ritz cracker crumbs for the topping as Ryan does (not that there's anything wrong with that.....), I used panko instead.

These get the 2 E's. Easy and Excellent.

Stuffed Roma Tomatoes: (adapted from Pioneer Woman's site and This is Reverb)

8 Roma (plum) tomatoes, cut in half
1 1/2 cups(approx) of ricotta cheese
handful of fresh chopped basil
handful of fresh chopped parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
kosher salt
olive oil

Cut your tomatoes in half and scoop out the pulp and seeds with a melon baller or anything else that you can use to get the insides out.

Turn the tomato halves upside down on paper towels to drain out the moisture.

Make your ricotta filling with the garlic & herbs. You could add parmesan or other herbs if you like.

Spoon your tomato halves with the ricotta mixture and line the tomatoes on an oiled baking sheet.

Top with dried seasoned bread crumbs, or Ritz cracker crumbs (I used panko crumbs).

Drizzle with olive oil and kosher salt and bake in a 400F degree oven for 20-30 minutes. Let rest a few minutes.

These were heavenly!


Ciao Chow Linda said…
Stacey - I've been following his visit too and he's producing some delicious looking things. Brava to you for actually taking the time to try some. Your tomatoes look crunchy and yummy with that panko. I could eat some for breakfast if they were on my table right now.
I'm with Linda about eating them for breakfast! How easy and yummy sounding, I even have 1 pound of ricotta in my frig right now! I love this idea. Good Morning Stacey!
yes for breakfast - I'll have mine with two poached eggs on the side please-
Meseidy said…
Dude! I live in OK just about an 1hr away from her ranch and I am wondering how I can get into that kitchen. I muct come up with some kind of plot....hmmmm.

Btw, your tomatoes look super delicious and I like the panko idea, great sub.
Foodiewife said…
I discovered his blogsite via PW's blogging about his guest appearance at "The Lodge". I know what you mean... her kitchen looks bigger than my whole house! I just posted PW's strawberry cake that I made. No, it's not low-fat.
Back to the tomatoes... I like that, the 2 E's. I know what's on my menu, this week. Great call on the panko. That's exactly what I would have done.
PS: I also posted my event with Alton Brown. So much fun and I took over 100 shots.
StaceyEsq said…
Yum. Think I can replace the ricotta with goat or boursin cheese?
Pam said…
Mmmm. They look so tasty! I will be making these beauties soon.
I'd love to be a guest in that kitchen too. I want her food and her horses! That Pastor Ryan certainly does have some good recipes.

These are super yummy. They're a great summer treat for those days when the tomatoes are good and plentiful.
Patsyk said…
They look like something I would have a hard time resisting! So simple and delicious!
Maris said…
I would LOVE to hit the Pioneer Woman kitchen but trust me, your kitchen sounds like it would be a close runner up! I love tomatoes - this looks delicious!
Maria said…
We are growing tomatoes this year. I will save this one until they are ready:)
Debbie said…
Just looking at these gorgeous pictures is making me drool. Beautiful tomatoes....they look wonderful!
LaDue & Crew said…
I made these too this weekend! I saw them on PW's site also and couldn't resist. They were SO good, and you are right about the easy part. Even my kids loved them! I did use the Ritz though, that's all I had. Pretty tasty.
Dana said…
Those look great. What did you serve them with?
The Food Hunter said…
They look great. I love tomatoes so much.
Lovely stuffed tomatoes. I am using more Panko and think your idea of substituting it for the Ritz crackers was an excellent one.
Culinary Cory said…
I just read all of the posts about his visit. I totally want to have a groovy house where I can invite people far and wide to cook for me. Some day I suppose. :)
Dewi said…
I really like stuffed vegetables, especially tomatoes. This is simply delicious Stacey!
Kim said…
WOW! These look addictive! Looks like you can't eat just one!
kat said…
Those look great! Good idea switching the Ritz crackers out for panko.
I am a firm believer that just about anything is good stuffed with ricotta... These look wonderful!
Melissa said…
Ree and Ryan both rock. Wouldn't that be great, to cook at that ranch? Sheesh. The tomatoes looks great!
Colleen said…
These look absolutely amazing. I have had them starred for awhile too and now i REALLY want to make them!
what a great idea for a part app!
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