With the topic of this ongoing series with Free People being Restricted Diets, I have tried to have fun with the various recipes and give as many options to as many diets as possible. I myself am 100% gluten-free and I consume very little dairy these days, but if I do have any dairy I usually limit it to goat or sheep’s milk cheeses or yogurt, as I tend to have no issues with these.
I find myself getting so much more creative when I do eat cheese these days, since it happens so very rarely. I want to really enjoy and savor each bite of it. These stuffed cherry tomatoes are the perfect way to do just that. A simple one-bite fresh summer treat. These would be a perfect appetizer for your labor day BBQ or picnic, celebrating the last of what summer has to offer. The kalamata olives and the fresh oregano are the perfect compliment to both the creamy goat cheese and the beautiful bright heirloom cherry tomatoes (which I picked fresh from my garden just minutes before I made these).
***If you are vegan, I recommend stuffing your tomatoes with some delicious homemade guacamole instead. I made a few that way too, and they are incredible. Add some fresh cilantro on top with the chives and you are set.***
Kalamata Olive & Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
24 heirloom cherry tomatoes (about 1 pint), washed and dried
4 ounces goat cheese
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, chopped finely (optional, if you don’t like olives, you can leave them out)
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, roughly chopped (fresh basil would be great, too)
Freshly ground black pepper
Dash of sea salt
1 tablespoon fresh chives, sliced thin
Slice the top off of cherry tomato, about 1/4-inch. Gently scoop out the seeds using a small spoon — I find a 1/4 teaspoon works perfectly. Drain off any juice that accumulates in the shells. (If your tomatoes are rolling around, you can slice a tiny sliver off the bottom of each so it will sit without rolling.)
In a bowl, mix together the goat cheese, Kalamata olives, fresh oregano, black pepper and sea salt together. Get it stirred up really well so it is creamy — I found a fork works perfectly. You may want to add just a small splash of water to get it moving.
Gently spoon the mixture into the tomatoes. Arrange on a serving platter, top them with the fresh cut chives and serve immediately.
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