Cheese-Stuffed Baby Vegetables

Cheese-Stuffed Baby Vegetables

Prep Time: 0

Yield: 10

An herb-spiked ricotta- and cream-cheese mixture fills these colorful vegetable snacks.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup light ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese (tub style)
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded radish
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh thyme, basil, dill, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, basil, dillweed
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion salt
  • 20 to 24 cherry tomatoes and/or 10 to 12 baby summer squash (such as zucchini

Instructions

  1. For filling, in a small mixing bowl stir together the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, radish, chives, desired snipped fresh or dried herb, and onion salt. Mix well. Set aside.

    Slice a thin layer off the top of each tomato. Using a small spoon, carefully scoop out and discard pulp. Invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain. If using squash, cut in half lengthwise for zucchini or horizontally for pattypan; scoop out pulp and invert as for the cherry tomatoes.

    Stuff the tomatoes and/or squash with filling. Serve immediately or chill until serving time. If desired, garnish with additional desired fresh herb. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

    Make Ahead Tip:
    Prepare filling and stuff vegetables as directed. Arrange stuffed vegetables on a plate; cover and chill up 2 hours. Garnish just before serving.
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