Thursday, November 12, 2009

Macaroni and Cheese-Stuffed Tomatoes

Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved eating macaroni and cheese with a side of sliced and salted tomatoes. I don't know what it is I enjoy so much about that combination, but it's always appealed to me. So when I saw this recipe for macaroni and cheese stuffed inside tomatoes, I knew it would be right up my alley.

Served with a salad and crusty buttered bread, these tomatoes were a delicious, simple, and quick weeknight dinner. The original recipe suggests using boxed macaroni and cheese, but I elected to make a batch of our favorite mac and cheese to use for the filling so that I could freeze whatever was left for a future meal. You could even leave the bacon out of these to make them a vegetarian entrée (although, honestly: why would anyone ever omit bacon from anything?). The buttery breadcrumbs on top added nice crunch, and the green onions added a crisp, fresh flavor. I loved the velvety texture and taste of the warm tomatoes. I'll definitely make these again!

Macaroni and Cheese-Stuffed Tomatoes
source: adapted from

1 package macaroni and cheese, cooked according to package directions (or about 2 cups of cooked homemade mac and cheese)
4 large, fresh tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
4 slices bacon, fully cooked, drained and crumbled
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons butter or margarine, melted

1. Hollow out tomatoes, leaving a 1/4-inch wall around sides and bottom. Salt and pepper insides of tomatoes. Place in 9-inch-round cake pan or pie plate to prevent tipping.

2. Combine hot macaroni and cheese, bacon and onion in medium bowl; fill tomatoes with mixture.

3. Combine bread crumbs, cheese and butter in small bowl; sprinkle mixture evenly on top of each tomato.

4. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Debbie said...

Looks so cute and delicious. Your lasagna looks terrific. I just made the Pioneer Woman's version...

Sonya said...

Cassie this looks like a real winner to me!!

Keri said...

This sounds delicious-- and for some reason, kind of reminds me of grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches. I love those, so I'm betting I would love this dish, too:-)!!

Donna-FFW said...

Oh and with bacon.. how fabulous!! Love this Cassie, what a great presentation.

Stephanie said...

This looks so good!