I was expecting alot of work creating these little beauties, but I had some issues with the ingredients themselves. I had to add cream chese to the goat cheese which improved the texture tremendously. Before adding the cream cheese, the mixture was too brittle and crumbly to work with. I used prepared basil from a spice jar and found that approximately 2 tablespoons was more than enough or the mixture would have looked more black than white. I have never had a problem substituting basil from the spice jar for fresh basil before. Cutting and gutting the tomatoes did not actually require too much effort, but I found myself getting a bit short on patience with the stuffing procedure. This could be because I had these for an appetizer on Thanksgiving and I was a bit busy preparing the actual meal. I thought I had this covered as I did everything the night before except prepare the cheese mixture (easy) and stuff the tomatoes. I had some leftover goat cheese and this recipe was the perfect solution, but I would add the cream cheese again simply to improve the texture. For those who are budget-conscious, adding cream cheese is also an inexpensive way to stretch the amount of servings. This was not my intention, but the wonderful goat cheese flavor did not suffer at all. In the long run, these were quite tasty, but I don't think the taste was really worth the effort or the cost of goat cheese. I might make these again someday, but it won't be for awhile and not on Thanksgiving.
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I was expecting alot of work creating these little beauties, but I had some issues with the...