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Stuffed breakfast tomatoes

I get nostalgic when I think of tomatoes being stuffed with any sort of anything. My mother often made stuffed tomatoes for me growing up. Her stuffings ranged from meat to cottage cheese to many different types of salads. Sometimes I wish I could be a kid again for the sole purpose of eating all of my mom's wonderful creations.

One thing my mother never did was use breakfast foods as a stuffing for tomatoes. At least not that I remember. So I thought I would give it a try myself!

I have to preface this recipe by saying that it is so incredibly light and healthy, yet insanely tasty. My husband bit into thinking it would not be the most flavorful thing he's ever tasted, but he was pleasantly surprised.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Hollow out 2 large, ripe tomatoes. Do this by cutting a large circle into the top of the tomato and removing the core. With a spoon or a knife (I used both), carefully scoop out the ribs and seeds. Leave the walls of the tomato intact as best you can.

In a small bowl, combine:

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

With your finger, rub half of the mixture onto the inside of one tomato, covering the inner walls as thoroughly as possible. Rub the other half of the mixture onto the inside of the other tomato. Set the tomatoes aside.

In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.


3 green onions, white and light green parts only, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

Cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

Divide the green onion mixture in half and place into the bottoms of the 2 hollowed-out tomatoes.

Top that with a layer of finely chopped fresh spinach. I used approximately 1/4 cup between the two.

And top the spinach with a layer of shredded Parmesan cheese. Squish as much cheese in as you can, keeping in mind you need enough room for 1 egg. You'd be surprised how much you can fit into a tomato.

Carefully crack an egg into each tomato. If you want to make sure you don't break the yolk, crack it into a bowl first and then pour it in.

Place the tomatoes onto a greased baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the egg is cooked through.

Sprinkle the finished product with Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley and eat immediately!

Mom, I'm making these for you the next time I see you!

Stuffed Breakfast Tomatoes

I LOVE stuffing my breakfast into the shell of a delicious tomato!

Serves: 2

Total time: 45 min

Stuffed Breakfast Tomatoes


  • 2 large ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • Shredded Parmesan, salt & pepper and fresh parsley for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut a large circle into the top of each tomato. Remove core, stems and seeds, leaving the wall of the tomato intact. In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of parsley. Rub half of the mixture onto the inside wall of one tomato and the other half onto the inside wall of the other tomato.
  2. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the green onions and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Divide the mixture in half and place into the bottoms of the tomatoes. Divide spinach in half and place over top of the onion-garlic mixture. Divide the Parmesan cheese in half and place over the spinach. Crack a raw egg into each tomato as the top layer.
  3. Place tomatoes on a greased baking sheet and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until egg is cooked through. Top with shredded Parmesan and fresh parsley and serve immediately.



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Reader Comments (26)

Great idea with the spinach and Parmesan! It looks like such a delicious light breakfast! I did the same thing, but with a stuffed red bell pepper. I can't wait to give yours a shot though!

04.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Wow! This is a very cool recipe. Not a tomato fan so I might still Jeff's idea of doing it with a pepper instead but I gotta say, your stuff tomato looks outstanding. Well done!

04.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

You are so creative! These look awesome and so delicious! I love eveyrthing about this recipe and definitely want to try this recipe :-)

04.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I love stuffed tomatoes (and peppers and avocados) and I had never seen a brunch version! Congratulations on making it to the Top 9; this is absolutely wonderful.

04.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdriana

What a great idea! I am always looking for new breakfast ideas and this is pretty spectacular! congrats on the top 9!

04.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

This looks soooo good. Tomatoes are one of my fave omelet fillings; now omelet can be one of my fave tomato fillings. :-)

04.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCelia

i also love stuffed tomatoes, but never would have thought about making it for breakfast. those are gorgeous and i can imagine how great they'd taste! thanks for the idea, and congrats on top 9!

This looks incredible. I love the egg on top - gorgeous!

There are so many versions you could make - I'd like to add some jalapenos and avocado for a Mexican-inspired breakfast (I can never get enough spice :) ). Mmmm!

OMG I am a tomato fiend, I can not wait to give this recipe a try! I think I'm going to fatten it up a little with some bacon or sausage though. I love Laura's idea to spice it up with some jalapenos. Thanks for the breakfast inspiration and congratulations on making into the top 9!

04.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBigFatBaker

Beautiful dish made gorgeous also with great photography! I have never tried anything like this but it looks delicious.

04.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSnippets of Thyme

I cannot wait to make this! Wow! It looks and sounds so very good. Your creations and your appreciation for good food and a full life are inspiring. And thank you for your kind words on my own blog...they made me smile. I hope you have a bountiful week!

04.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonet

I've always loved eggs with tomatoes - one of my favorite things about a British breakfast is the baked tomatoes. This is better!

04.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Coolest tomato stuffing ever! Such a cool idea.

04.19.2011 | Unregistered Commenterbriarrose

Wow! Looks delicious!!

04.22.2011 | Unregistered Commentersara

Oh that looks soooo amazing! I'd love to wake up to that! God, I'm drooling on my key board!

04.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee

i HAD to give this one a try... its insane, one of the easiest yet most delicious things i've ever tasted, i love tomatoes, so this one is the new must of the week.

04.25.2011 | Unregistered Commentersteph

Thanks for participating in April's YBR :) This is something I can't wait to try very soon.

Did you get my email?

05.4.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpicie Foodie

OMG. Found you through Spicy Foodies YBR. These look SO easy and SO divine!!! I'm definitely going to make this recipe as SOON as I find some good tomatoes. Thanks for sharing! GREAT post!


05.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterByn

Hi, I loved these! Whenever I make stuffed tomatoes I place them in a muffin pan to bake off. It makes it really easy to get them into the oven without sliding around like crazy.

05.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

I made a version of these for my blog and they were divine! Thank you SO much for the idea!:) Love your blog!

05.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterByn

What a cute idea! They look delicious.

06.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlida

Thank you! I made two todays! sadly i couldn't put eggs on it! but next time! Here's a picture! It was delicious!!!!

07.15.2011 | Unregistered Commenterholly

I was going to make this but realized I had Roma tomatoes :( I am going to the grocery store right now to pick up the right ones! Can't wait to make this!

10.6.2011 | Unregistered CommenterNyssa

Mmm! Looks awesome, I'm going to try it this weekend, perhaps with hollondaise sauce though...

03.14.2012 | Unregistered Commentermad

How many calories does this have?

04.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGabe

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