Take advantage of juicy summer tomatoes.
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Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes with Piquillo Peppers
Credit: MARTIN MORRELL

1. Stuffed Tomatoes

Stuffed Tomatoes
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Chef Daniel Gouret uses both ground pork and veal to give these tomatoes a more complex flavor. Fresh bread crumbs make the stuffing especially light.

2. Oven-Roasted Tomatoes Stuffed with Goat Cheese

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes Stuffed with Goat Cheese
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Garlic and basil boosts the creamy goat cheese filling for these buttery-soft roasted tomatoes. The result works both as a side dish or a main course with a salad and crusty bread.

3. Spinach-and-Ricotta-Stuffed Tomatoes with Piquillo Peppers

Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes with Piquillo Peppers
At Commanderie de Peyrassol, the wonderful Provençal winery, chef Guillaume Delauné uses ingredients from his kitchen garden to make dishes like these excellent stuffed tomatoes. He uses a melon baller to scoop out the insides of the tomatoes, leaving a sturdy shell to hold the spinach-and-cheese filling. The accompanying sauce is made from the scooped-out tomato seeds and juices.
| Credit: MARTIN MORRELL

Using a melon baller to scoop out the inside of the tomatoes leaves a sturdy shell to hold the spinach-and-cheese filling. The accompanying sauce is made from the scooped-out tomato seeds and juices.

4. Stuffed Tomatoes

"These are the perfect picnic food," says chef Amanda Lydon because they're utterly portable. They're almost like an inverted tuna sandwich: creamy tuna with zippy capers, mellow cannellini beans and crunchy toasted croutons stuffed inside scooped-out tomatoes.