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Stuffed Tomatoes

Have you ever tried a stuffed pepper? Well, you can also stuff tomatoes, and they taste just as good. For this appetizer, you can stuff cherry tomatoes with a variety of yummy mixtures, such as chicken or tuna salad. This stuffed tomato will contain a creamy broccoli filling. You can dress this up to be a full meal and it’s the perfect size for kids, too. The recipe should be just under a $1 per serving and offers you 10 servings in total.

Ingredients List

50 cherry or grape tomatoes

1 10 oz. package of frozen chopped broccoli, thawed

1/2 cup reduced-fat mayo

1/2 cup non-fat sour cream

1/4 cup grated Parmesan

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper

salt and pepper to taste

First, you’re going to slice the tops of the tomatoes, about half an inch down. Place these aside. Use a small teaspoon to scoop out the pulp inside the tomato and discard. Invert the tomatoes onto paper towels, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until you are done preparing the stuffing.

Dry the broccoli first with a paper towel and squeeze out any moisture left. Place in a food processor and add mayo, sour cream, Parmesan and crushed red pepper. Pulse in the food processor a few times to blend it all in. However, you don’t want a puree. Season with salt and pepper. Place in the fridge until ready to serve.

Use a spoon and load 1 tsp. of filling into each tomato, place tops back on the cherry tomatoes and serve chilled or at room temperature.

Stuffed Cheese Puffs

This is a delicious recipe bound to be a favorite at the dinner table for adults and kids. In addition, it will give you 8 servings but it’s only about $.20 per serving! Perfect for a food stamp budget and yet filling as well.

Ingredients List

3 tbsp. unsalted butter

3/4 tbsp. salt

1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper

1 cup all-purpose flour

4 large eggs

1/2 cup finely shredded cheese

A filling you enjoy, such as tuna salad, crab salad, or sautéed mushrooms.

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter up two large baking sheets. Bring one cup of water, butter, salt and pepper to a boil over medium to high heat. Add in the flour, then beat with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a ball. Transfer the dough to a large bowl, and with an electric mixture, mix on high-speed, adding in eggs one at a time, and beating well after each addition. Beat until mixture is smooth and cools, then beat in cheese.

Scoop a spoonful of the cheesy mixture one inch apart on the baking sheet. With damp fingers, smooth out the tops. Bake until puffed and golden, about 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Slice off the tops and scoop out any dough in the center. Fill with your favorite stuffing and place the tops, and serve!

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