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Vera Cruz Tomatoes Recipe
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Vera Cruz Tomatoes

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"This is a recipe that can be used as an appetizer or main meal. And you can use any size tomatoes you want. Just make sure they are firm. If you use roma tomatoes you can get more servings with the stuffings."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish.
  2. Cut tops from tomatoes; remove seeds and membranes. Place tomato shells upside down on paper towels to drain until filling.
  3. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate, reserve drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside. Return 2 tablespoons of drippings to skillet.
  4. Cook onion in the bacon drippings until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in spinach; cook and stir until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream, reserved crumbled bacon, and hot pepper sauce.
  5. Sprinkle tomato shells with salt; fill evenly with bacon and spinach mixture. Place tomatoes in prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until hot, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove, and top evenly with the shredded cheese. Return to the oven; bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 08, 2010

I'm the lady who stands mesmerized in the produce aisle, smelling the summer tomatoes. If you're at all like me, lucky enough to adore these gems, the health benefit is a bonus. After confessing all of this, I did in fact come home with a basket of the red beauties. Now.. this isn't the first stuffed tomato recipe I've tried, AR and other sites included. Same old, same old; A big fat disappointment. Not to give up though, this recipe had promise. No rice or breadcrumb fillers. Instead, spinach, crumbly bacon, onion cooked in a little bacon fat. (Please, if possible use real bacon so you can stick to the recipe and get the most out of it.) A little sour cream to keep everything together and some Monterey Jack on top. There it is! I did the - take the first bite - pause- OMG? I can see where the tomatoes could be watery. I used a paper towel to blot out the insides. Because salt will draw out the juice, don't salt the insides of the tomatoes till just before filling. This seemed to help but even the juice was delicious. I was quite happy spooning it off the plate. (Well, I really wanted to lick it off!) The filling was enough for the 4 of them. The author gives a great tip suggesting Romas for more servings. Thanks so much.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 27, 2010

I made some changes to the recipe to reduce heavy fat content and provide more of a Tuscany creation. I blanched Basil leaves and used them to linr the tomato cavity. I also blanched red onions rather than saute, then I used a Parma ham and a mascarponi to bind oregano leaves and finished with a Grana Padano cheese. Yummy as a starter with Veal second and wined with a full bodied Valpolicello.

Aug 11, 2010

Made this for the Recipe Group this week. We liked this, but I’d make some changes next time. First I started with 3-3 1/2” diameter tomatoes. I used a melon baller to scoop out the insides of the tomatoes, which worked really well. I left probably a little less than a 1/4" shell. I made the stuffing as directed, but added most of the cheese to it and just reserved a little to sprinkle on top. I barely had enough stuffing to fill the tomatoes, so I would increase the amount of spinach next time. I also reserved some bacon for garnish. I found the baking time to be too much and one of my tomatoes totally split apart when serving. I would make these again because they did have really nice flavor, but I would leave a thicker shell of tomato, increase the spinach, and reduce the temperature and baking time. This was a fun recipe to try.

Aug 17, 2010

I made these for recipe group. I made one big change I subbed 1 cup ricotta for the sour cream because of personal taste and I forgot to add the hot sauce due to personal stupidity. However they turned out fabulous, we all loved the fact that we could taste all the ingredients. Mine were not watery at all considering I also forgot to drain the tomato shell before filling them. I would make them again in a heartbeat. Thanks for the great recipe. Cheers

Aug 10, 2010

Wow! Made this for Recipe Group. It's like a BLT explosion in your mouth! I know, it's not lettuce, and there is no bread. I gave up trying to get fresh spinach for it, it all looked yucky. So I drained frozen really well and used about 1/2 a normal size box. I cut the recipe in half also. Used two medium size firm tomatoes. I cut the tops off the tomato and salted the insides after gutting and put upside down on a rack to drain while I made the stuffing mix. I didn't add any extra salt. I never had a stuffed tomato so I wasn't sure I would like this, but it was fantastic! A little watery but that is from the frozen spinach I'm sure. Next time I'm using fresh. Really good, thanks ChefsyndiG! Hey we live in the same town!

Aug 12, 2010

Made these for Recipe Group this week. We have never had stuffed tomatoes before and we really liked these. Used just picked tomatoes from the garden. Everyone enjoyed the freshness of the tomatoes and commented on being able to taste each ingredient. All of the flavors went together well. I used fresh baby spinach and experienced a little bit of the watery consistancy that "sassyoldlady" mentioned when cutting them open. We usually cut back on the amount of hot sauce called for in a recipe, but everyone thought that in this one, we actually should have added a tad more. Neither of these little complaints will stop me from making these again before the end of tomato season this summer. Thanks for sharing!

Aug 16, 2010

I made these at my parents' house last night as a side to go with sauteed chicken breast and brown rice. I used Roma tomatoes fresh from my friend's garden cut in half and cleaned out for this recipe. I skipped the salting and draining step, because I didn't care if they were juicy. They turned out perfect! I used a 10-ounce package of frozen spinach because it's what I had on hand. I had to add a little extra sour cream because of the extra spinach and I also used 6 slices of bacon instead of 3. I forgot the hot pepper sauce and my parents didn't have any, so I added some salt and pepper to the filling so it wouldn't be bland. We gobbled these down so quickly I didn't have time to take a picture! Thanks, ChefsyndiG!

Sep 27, 2010

What the heck is recipe group and are all 5 of you i it together??? I made these last night just as the recipe called for and the were delish. I used fresh tomatoes from my garden and per one comment did not scrape the tomato too thin. Family loved them, we ate them with a side of angel hair pasta and a salad...perfect meal-didnt even miss the meat. Thanks for a delish recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 262 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.7 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 43 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 21.3 g
  • 33%
  • Fiber
  • 2.9 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 9.9 g
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 378 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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