Mamma Mia! These Cheese-Baked Tomatoes Are A Dream!

Tomatoes are one of those foods that you just can't cook without. Whether it's ketchup, tomato sauce, or in a salad: these plump, round, red veggies (or fruit!?) are indispensable. They've gotten their reputation honestly — they deserve their place in the limelight.

This fool-proof recipe isn't a side, it's the star of the show. 

You will need (for three portions): 

  • 3 tomatoes
  • pizza dough
  • cubed ham
  • mozzarella
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. oregano

Here's how:

  1. Slice the tips off the tomatoes and use a spoon to hollow out a space inside them. With ripe tomatoes it'll be easy. If they're firmer, it helps to use a knife, but be sure not to damage the outer skin!
  2. Cut three big circles in some pizza dough and place each one around a tomato. Press the edge of the dough tightly around the opening so it doesn't fall off.
  3. Then fill the tomatoes with equal shares of ham.
  4. Now put the mozzarella, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl and purée them. Pour the same amount of this mix into each tomato, covering up the ham.
  5. Finally, sprinkle the oregano over each tomato and bake them in the oven at 355°F for 20 min, with the air circulator on.

And if you like, a few sliced olive rings on top of each tomato, or a few fresh basil leaves, certainly couldn't hurt! (Your eyes are partaking too, after all.) Try this recipe right away!


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