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Bursting with fromage flavor

Take a classic pairing to a gourmet level with stuffed tomatoes.

Stuffed tomatoes look great and taste even better. They are easy to make and can include all your favorite cheese and toppings.

Let your imagination be your guide in stuffing tomatoes, as fromages ranging from Ile de France Brie to Bleu d'Auvergne pair splendidly with juicy tomatoes.

Stuffed tomato tips

- Slice off the very bottoms of each tomato so they can be set on a plate and not roll.

- Then slice off the tops your tomatoes to create the serving vessel. You'll want to scoop at least a bit of the insides to replace with your fromage mixture.

- If featuring a stronger cheese like a bleu, try leaving a bit more of the inside of the tomato intact. For milder cheeses like blue, remove more of the tomato and serve with a heartier cheese filling to maximize flavor.

- If using cherry tomatoes, flip them upside down after removing the bottom so they won't roll while you add the filling.

- Refrigerate stuffed tomatoes in a sealed container or cover in plastic wrap until ready to serve.

Basic Cheese Filling for stuffed tomatoes

This simple cheese filling recipe can be served with virtually any fromage and goes especially well with Ile de France goat cheese, Brie cheese and hard cheeses like Fol Epi. For more involved recipes, see below.

1/4 pound cheese of choice, cubed or crumbled
1/4 cup fresh basil, minced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

Mix the cheese, herbs and spices in a bowl with a fork until well blended. Stuff desired amount into hallowed out tomatoes. Serve chilled (with tooth picks if using cherry or roma tomatoes).

Stuffed tomato recipes

Stuffed fresh vegetables with St. Albray - St. Albray's distinct creamy taste is enhanced with the succulent juices of tomatoes. Small cubes of St. Albray - along with sweet corn, parsley, mint and bit of lemon - produce a zesty, fresh-tasting dish that will be a hit at any gathering.

Boursault stuffed tomatoes with garlic – This stuffed tomato recipe highlights the incredible flavor of Boursault, a triple cream cheese with a deep flavor profile. With so much flavor, stuffing a tomato with Boursault is a straighfoward process because few other ingredients are necessary. This recipe calls for a healthy dose of garlic and chives to go along with the fromage, breadcrumbs and soft butter.

Stuffed Tomatoes Provencal with Ile de France Goat Cheese- Featuring crumbled goat cheese and olive puree as well as olive oil and a savory blend of spices, this recipe provides a bit of an exotic take on stuffed tomatoes. Serve these with a spicy ground red pepper or thick black ground pepper sprinkled on top.