CHEESY TOMATO CUPS WITH CREAMED SPINACH

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Rose Mary Mogan

By
@cookinginillinois

My husband loves my original Tomato cups with spinach. I wanted to make this one a little cheesier than the other recipe.

The addition of swiss, cheddar, & parmesan cheeses added just what was needed to elevate the flavors & creaminess of the spinach.

I made 14 halves of these, I did share with the neighbors, but my husband loves them so much, I hope they last @ least 2 days.

I love veggies , & this was one of 4 sides to make our meal complete for our CHRISTmas Dinner.

By cooking the whipping cream over a low simmer to half the reduction, adds a lot more creaminess & flavor.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
7-14 depending on appetites & Portion size
Prep:
40 Min
Cook:
25 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 7 medium
    fresh tomatoes, washed, halved, & cored
  • 2 c
    heavy whipping cream
  • 40 oz
    frozen chopped spinach ( thawed & squeezed dry)
  • 1 large
    sweet onion, chopped (vadalia or similiar) chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    each butter & olive oil
  • 12
    mini sweet peppers (red, yellow & orange) chopped
  • 1 c
    cubed sharp cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
  • 8 oz
    cubed swiss cheese
  • 1 1/2 c
    shredded parmesan plus extra for top & inside tomato cups
  • 8 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp
    lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp
    nutmeg (you will be surprised @ the flavor it adds)
  • 2 tsp
    onion powder
  • `1/2-1 tsp
    kosher salt or to your taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    basil

How to Make CHEESY TOMATO CUPS WITH CREAMED SPINACH

Step-by-Step

  1. Add the heavy whipping cream to a small sauce pan and allow it to simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes or so till it has reduced to about half. PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES F.
  2. Spray a 9X15 X2 inch size casserole dish with non stick cooking spray, set aside till needed. Wash & Chop peppers to be added to spinach.
  3. Wash core & halve tomatoes. Using a table spoon.go around inside of tomato with a tablespoon to remove center of membrane. Save for another use. Repeat till all of the tomatoes have been cored. Place in prepared casserole dish,sprinkle a small amount of parmesan into each tomato cup, and set aside till ready to fill with creamed spinach mixture.
  4. Squeeze spinach till all excess water has been removed.
  5. In a large skillet add butter & olive oil, melt together, then add chopped onions, minced garlic, sweet peppers & spinach & saute till veggies are transparent. Now add the spices, cubed swiss & cheddar and 1 cup of shredded parmesan, stir till cheese begins to melt.
  6. Pour in reduced whipping cream & stir to blend together.
  7. Remove from heat then fill each tomato half with spinach mixture. Divide evenly among each cup, then top with shredded parmesan cheese. Place in preheated 350 degree F. oven & bake for 20 to 25 minutes till cheese melts & mixture is hot & bubbly. Remove from oven and serve while hot.
  8. Allow 1 to 2 portions per servings.

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About CHEESY TOMATO CUPS WITH CREAMED SPINACH

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American



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