Three Cheesy Caper-Stuffed Tomatoes on a slate serving dish on a dark wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Cheesy Caper-Stuffed Tomatoes

Combine cheese, herbs, and breadcrumbs to make a delicious filling for stuffed tomatoes. Perfect as an appetizer or a side dish.

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The last few times we have done our local produce co-op, it’s been full of tomatoes. So many tomatoes. There are only so many fresh tomatoes that our family can eat in one week. When we realized we had more than we would eat, Justin asked if we could try to make stuffed tomatoes. I found this recipe for tomatoes stuffed with capers and breadcrumbs. I like capers. and breadcrumbs, plus the seasonings, so we decided to give it a try. That’s how we ended up with Cheesy Caper-Stuffed Tomatoes.

As usual, we made some changes to the base recipe. Mainly, I needed some cheese. Of course, by adding the cheese, the recipe is no longer vegan or dairy-free if you need that. Luckily, at our house, we don’t have any major allergies or dietary restrictions. 

When I looked through the recipe, I decided that it either needed mozzarella cheese or parmesan cheese. Mozzarella would probably go well with the tomatoes and sherry part of the recipe while parmesan matches with the breadcrumbs and capers. 

After much debate, I went with mozzarella cheese. It’s one of my favorite cheeses. And it happened to be the only one we had in the refrigerator at the time! And it also pairs well with the salty flavor of the capers.

Step by Step

Bamboo cutting board with three tomatoes and a chef's knife on top next to stainless steel bowls with bread crumbs, herbs, capers, and cooking sherry with a cheese grater to the side all on a wooden surface

Start by heating the oven to 500F then slice the tomatoes in half. Use a spoon or your hand to pull out the seeds. 

Bamboo cutting board with sliced tomatoes next to a spoon, chef's knife, and a bowl of scooped tomatoes all next to a glass baking dish with hollowed tomatoes and stainless steel bowl with other ingredients above all on a wooden surface

Pour the cooking sherry into the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish and lay the tomatoes in there with the cut sides facing up. Sprinkle them with a bit of salt.

In a small mixing bowl combine the parsley, capers, oregano, garlic, and half of the breadcrumbs.

Stainless steel bowl with herb, bread crumb, and caper mixture next to a glass baking dish with hollowed tomatoes and a bowl of bread crumbs all on a wooden surface

Put a pinch of mozzarella cheese in each tomato, then top that with the caper mixture.

Glass baking dish with tomatoes filled with shredded cheese and herb-caper mixture next to a stainless steel bowl with the remnants of herb mixture inside, another stainless steel bowl with bread crumbs, and a cheese grater all on a wooden surface

Sprinkle the rest of the breadcrumbs on the tomatoes and drizzle the olive oil.

Glass baking dish with tomatoes filled with cheese and herb-caper mixture drizzled with olive oil all on a wooden surface

Bake the tomatoes for about 10-15 minutes, until they start to soften and the breadcrumbs are golden brown. 

Three Cheesy Caper-Stuffed Tomatoes on a slate serving dish on a dark wooden surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: September 6, 2018

Last Updated On: October 9, 2019

Three Cheesy Caper-Stuffed Tomatoes on a slate serving dish on a dark wooden surface

Cheesy Caper-Stuffed Tomatoes

Combine cheese, herbs, and breadcrumbs to make a delicious filling for stuffed tomatoes. Perfect as an appetizer or a side dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cheese, tomato
Servings: 4 servings
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes (large)
  • 2 tbsp cooking sherry
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 2 tbsp capers (drained)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 500F
  • Slice the tomatoes in half and remove the seeds
  • Pour cooking sherry into an 8×8 baking dish then lay the tomatoes, cut side up, in the pan
  • In a small bowl, combine the parsley, capers, oregano, garlic, and half of the bread crumbs
  • Fill each tomato with a pinch of cheese
  • Put one scoop of caper mix into each tomato
  • Top with the remaining bread crumbs and drizzle with olive oil
  • Bake for about 10-15 minutes until the tomatoes are soft and the bread crumbs golden brown
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Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Caper-Stuffed Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 791mg33%
Potassium 301mg9%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1155IU23%
Vitamin C 18.6mg23%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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42 thoughts on “Cheesy Caper-Stuffed Tomatoes”

  1. I’m much more familiar with stuffed peppers than with stuffed tomatoes so these would be a fun twist on an old classic for me! Plus, you really can’t go wrong with the additional cheese and breadcrumbs- sounds delish!

  2. OMG! I love stuffed tomatoes. I have never tried caper filling but it sounds delicious. I am going to Pin It so that I can use this recipe later. 🙂

    1. I’m not a big fan of tomatoes unless they are in a sauce (such as marinara or ketchup) but they work really well for a meal like this! It’s pretty easy to put together, so you could try making them again 🙂

  3. These stuffed tomatoes look like they would be so delicious. I have definitely done this with peppers but never tomatoes, so I will definitely need to give this a try.

    1. I’ve made pasta sauce before and froze it, too! We try not to waste food as much as possible, and this was a great way to use a few of the tomatoes. If they are already just a tiny bit soft, they still work since they are baked anyways.

  4. Melanie williams

    Ooo how cute are these. Perfect for a starter or to add to a main salad dish for a lunch too. Will be giving these a go xx

  5. Holy yum! These are perfect! I needed a recipe for a dinner party and I am so making these! I can’t handle how good they look!

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