this Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes recipe is a perfect appetizer for any event - two bite hand held snacks that are bursting with fresh flavors!
recipe originally published July 29, 2010
Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes
Some of my favorite dinners are made up of small plates. I love an appetizer spread, and love to throw any sort of party. From a casual weeknight of inviting a few friends over to the back yard, to the more planned out full on party.
With all sorts of tasty eats.
Make Ahead Recipe Tips
This is one of those half prep ahead and half assemble day of recipes. Otherwise known as totally easy. I make the Vegan Herb Ricotta the day before and store it in a covered container the refrigerator.
The day of the event, I slice up some fresh Roma tomatoes, quickly chiffonade some fresh basil, and fill the tomatoes with the ricotta. Top with the chiffonaded basil and voila - a brightly colored and vibrantly flavored appetizer is done!
Using fresh ripe tomatoes in the summertime is my favorite - literally walking outside to my patio herb garden and choosing the warmest, ripest tomatoes on the vine.
Sweet fresh jewels, they are.
How To Make Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes
I have two ways I make this appetizer, and they are both incredible!
The recipe is written for a fresh raw tomato filled with the vegan ricotta cheese. If you want a flavor explosion (and a kitchen that smells divine!) do this!
Follow the recipe as is, and then:
- preheat your oven to 350 °F
- top each filled tomato with more cashew dust, salt and pepper
- arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet
- bake at 350 °F for 15-18 minutes
- remove from oven and cool slightly before enjoying!
Vegan Ricotta Recipe
My tried and true, dairy free version of ricotta is also a quick and easy recipe. I have been making this one for years, and from it, my Vegan Boursin Cheese was eventually born! They are similar in flavor, with the Boursin being creamier in consistency, while the ricotta is more crumbly.
It will take you minutes to make this Vegan Ricotta. I like to make this ahead even when I don't have plans for a party - the flavors have time to marinate and marry. Mmm.
We love to have this ricotta on hand to top salads with, dip crackers in, or a spoon...
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Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes
a perfect appetizer for any event - two bite hand held snacks that are bursting with fresh flavors!
- 1 (14 ounce) block extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
- ½ cup cashew pieces (I have used raw AND roasted / salted)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
- ½ teaspoon dried chives
- fresh Roma tomatoes
- fresh basil leaves, chiffonaded
- Drain tofu. Using a tofu press or paper towels and something heavy, press tofu until most liquid is removed.
- Add cashews to blender and blend almost completely to dust, mostly very small pieces. Be careful to watch and stop blending before the cashews turn to cashew butter.
- Transfer pressed tofu to a large mixing bowl and mash with a fork to break into pieces. Add the cashew dust, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, dried onion flakes and chives. Continue to mash tofu, combining all ingredients thoroughly, until the tofu has a crumbly ricotta consistency.
- Slice Roma tomatoes in half lengthwise. Using a small spoon, scoop out the seeds to leave a tomato shell. Using that same spoon or a piping bag, fill each tomato half with the ricotta mixture.
- Arrange on a serving tray and top with fresh chiffonaded basil.
dairy, egg, oil, and gluten free, vegan
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Serving Size:¼ cup ricotta / 4 tomatoes
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 167mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g
nutrition calculations results vary by calculator, are for informational purposes only, and are not intended to replace medical advice or treatment.
Kristina is spabettie! She found cooking at an early age, and created spabettie in 2010 to share vegan recipes. Kristina turned her culinary training into sharing vibrant vegan food! She loves dachshunds, karaoke, and travel.
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Yummmm! I am not vegan, but this looks good! Sounds like you and your Mom have an amazing relationship1 🙂
Cute dogs! 🙂 And the stuffed peppers sound yummy.
Jackie (Peaces of Earth) says
I can't believe I still haven't used Garlic Gold! I think it will definitely kick things up a notch in the great words of Emril. These look so good!! And those pups are adorablee.
good call - Garlic Gold definitely brings the BAM ! 😉 it will be in my store, and I'm talking with them later today about a fun promo... 🙂
hbobier @ Basil Vodka says
This may or may not be on my menu for this weekend. We've officially entered tomato season, so this is the perfect time for me to give this a try.
Yet another meal inspired by the infamous Spabettie. 🙂
aww... "infamous" 😉 wow! that feels cool !
you should Most Definitely do this... the "ricotta" is AWESOME - and oh my... romas... are there romas in your garden...? SO YUM.
Basil says hello - lick - bark - roll - 🙂
Have a great weekend, Heidi + Sheldon !
I need to try Garlic Gold, it's on my ever growing list of things to try.
Those pups are absolutely adorable 🙂
Garlic Gold is SO good... I use it all the time!
it's going to be in my store - opens August 10 🙂
I don't veganize too many things, probably because I was a vegan for about four years and really had a hard time with it in the end. I just love dairy and eggs so much. But I sometimes make a pizza without cheese, and load it up with veggies instead.
I'm not sure why, but long dog party sounds kind of dirty! I really need to get my mind out of the gutter. 🙂
HAAA ! see? and I kept it clean for YOU today! 😉
that is too funny... and I'm going to stop now...
Alycia @ Fit n Fresh says
Those look so good! And I've seen daiya at WF - are there any close to you?
PS - you're mom sounds awesome 🙂
we used to shop WF, and since we moved (okay, TWO YEARS ago!!) it's not as close. but you know I'll make a trip just to try Daiya. I've been wanting to for SO long...
thank you... my mom IS awesome. 🙂
wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas says
I hear you on the vegan thing. I love how I feel when I eat vegan, but I have a hard time giving up a spot of cheese here and there. Sometimes I need a bit of yogurt, too.
I love stuffed tomatoes! I like to make them with brown rice and black beans, and pretty much whatever else I have on hand, as long as they're spicy and topped with bread crumbs!
Aw! I love my mom lots too, I hear you! I wish I could get mine to cook with me though. She HATES cooking! My father too for that matter so it's good I spent lots of time with my grandma otherwise I probably wouldn't love cooking as much as I do!
As for Garlic Gold, the day they decide to ship to Canada I will be all over those products, until them I will admire them semi-jealously on the interwebz!