Spicy Egg-and-Cheese-Stuffed Tomatoes

This is a fine way to use up the end-of-summer tomatoes in your garden.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 8 medium tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or put through a garlic press
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1⁄2 cup grated Monterey jack or Cheddar cheese
  • 8 tsp. gluten-free cornbread crumbs


  • Cut the tops off the tomatoes, core, and using a melon baller, scoop out seeds and pulp. Place the tomatoes on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, mix salt, black pepper, cayenne, cumin, and oregano together. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Heat butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 5 minutes. Spoon the butter and garlic mixture into the tomatoes. Sprinkle half the spice mixture on the insides of the tomatoes.
  • Break an egg into each tomato. Sprinkle with the rest of the spice mixture. Loosely spoon the cheese over the eggs, then sprinkle 1 teaspoon cornbread crumbs over each tomato. Bake for 20 minutes. The tomatoes should still be firm, the eggs soft, the cheese melted, and the bread crumbs browned.