Vegan Goat Cheese Stuffed Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Playing favorites isn’t fair.

No one ever said life was fair.

Everything I made for my vegan French book club dinner was good (I was kind of shocked)…. but we all have favorites, even if you won’t admit it.

 

This is mine.

 

These vegan Goat Cheese Stuffed Oven-Roasted Tomatoes could probably get by on their looks alone.  That isn’t why they were my favorite.  I’m not that shallow.

They were my favorite because of the cheese.

 

Inspired by this recipe from Alain Coumont, founder of Le Pain Quotidien cafés in France, I decided to take his concept and make it vegan.  (Coincidentally, Le Pain Quotidien offers many vegan dishes.)

Everyone has some sort of vegan “cheese” they use in recipes.  Often it’s cashew-based.  Sometimes with nooch or any array of vegan products.  It never really tastes like cheese.

 

With the exception of this tofu-based cheese.  Tofu makes a GREAT sub for creamy cheeses like ricotta and goat cheese.  (It made a helluva ricotta in this Eggplant Rollitini.)

This particular vegan version of tofu-cheese is a goat cheese.  I swear to you – you would NEVER miss the real thing.  The book club didn’t balk at all!

Goat cheese has a tanginess that was captured well with the lemon juice in this tofu creation.  The miso lends a salty-sweetness to it, which helps bring out the cheesy side of the nutritional yeast.

 

Fantastic taste aside, the other plus to this recipe is that it’s easy… yet it looks impressive.  There is a decent list of ingredients for the cheese, but you simply toss it all in the food processor.  I love a one-bowl recipe!

Just be careful not to cut through the tomatoes when you scoop out the middles!

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Vegan Goat Cheese Stuffed Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

  • 12 small-ish tomatoes
  • 1 16 oz. pkg firm tofu, pressed
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 T yellow miso
  • 1/4 C nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 C freshly-squeezed lemon juice (~1.5 lemons)
  • 1/4 C yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano powder
  • 3-4 T finely chopped basil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Pre-heat the oven to 425.

Slice off the top 1/2 inch of each tomato and reserve the tops. Carefully scoop out the tomato cores and seeds. If necessary, cut a very thin sliver off of the bottom of each tomato to help them stand up straight. Arrange the tomatoes in a 9-by-13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish.

Crumble pressed tofu into the bowl of a food processor.  Add remaining ingredients for “cheese,” except the basil. Process until smooth.  Add basil and pulse briefly to combine.

Spoon the “cheese” mixture into the tomatoes, filling them just to the brim. Cover with the tomato tops and drizzle lightly with additional olive oil.

Bake the tomatoes for 30-35 minutes, until beginning to brown in spots and the cheese is hot. Let stand for at least 15 minutes. Serve warm. (They’re also good leftover!)

Notes:

  • I do not have a tofu press.  Instead I drained the tofu, cut it in half horizontally, and wrapped it in paper towels.  Then I stacked a load of cookbooks on top and let it press for 10-15 mins.
  • The cheese mixture can be made up to 2 days in advance.  In fact, they are better on day 2 once the flavors fully marry.  If you do this, do not add basil until just before you bake.

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Tomorrow is Eggplant Bruschetta!  Next week is the Salade Niçoise with Tempeh “Tuna”… then you’ll have a fully vegan-ized French-themed party spread! :)

What’s your favorite “veggi-tized” recipe?  Or is there one you’d like to see made vegan/vegetarian?

What other dishes would you use a vegan goat cheese for?  I’m making another batch this weekend!

 

Comments

    • Laura says

      Spread on a panini is a GREAT idea!

      Miso is hard to sub… I’d try soy sauce (add 1-2 tsp at a time) with a little tahini if you have it on hand.

  1. says

    Does it actually specifically taste like goat cheese? I’ve had glorious vegan mac’n cheese, but nothing as intensely flavored as goat cheese. And trust me, that mac’n cheese is my favorite thing in the world.

  2. says

    Goat cheese is the only cheese I eat anymore. Love it melted into an omelet or topping a crispy bagel. I’ve gotta make these, my husband loves roasted tomatoes above all things and I bet he won’t even notice that the cheese is tofu-based.

  3. says

    I agree that my cashew-based sauces never truly taste like cheese but they are delicious in their own right. I haven’t tried making it with soy but your recipe may tip me over when I find super flavourful tomatoes this summer. :)

  4. says

    I’ve never tried Vegan cheese, well apart from one time in NYC but I’ve never bought or tried making any myself. This is sooo getting bookmarked for when I live in an area where I can actually buy the ingredients ie civilisation! Not long now! 3 more months max and then it’s back to Landannn! Whoop!

  5. Keith Higg says

    I’m totally making this tonight! A reason to break out the firm tofu that’s been hiding in the back of the fridge! YUM!

  6. says

    Yum – I haven’t tried to make a goat cheese yet, it sounds great. I actually have found several cheesy recipes that taste very realistic (my hubby still eats cheese and has agreed). The Mac N Cheese from Mama Pea gets rave reviews and the Truffled Cashew Cheese I made last week was gobbled up at our party on Saturday (it reminds me of a slightly firmer Camembert). I’ll have to give this goat cheese a try, might be a nice salad topper occassionally. Or how about in lasagna?

  7. says

    Oh girl this is another good one. The miso, lemon and nutritional yeast, this is great. sdounds like it might come close to the feta taste. I am going to try this today as I happen to have those ingredients. Thanks!!

    • Laura says

      It could! I’d add a little more salt for a feta taste… and maybe blend everything except the tofu, then crumble the tofu by hand so you don’t lose the feta texture.

  8. says

    I never in a million years would’ve guessed someone would have made goat cheese vegan! So neat. I am definitely going to have to try this one of these days because goat cheese is one of my absolute favorites, and if you say it tastes close to the real think, I believe you!

    P.S. Why did we not hang out more at Ga Tech?!?!

    • Laura says

      For real! I ran into a cheese-eating friend at WF tonight who made ‘em this afternoon and said it was legit!

      P.S. I have NO idea. :)

  9. says

    Oh my goodness! Those look amazing! They look so very similar to a tomato that I make but it was with part skim mozzarella! I definitely want to try it with the goat cheese. What a flavor addition that must be!

    Looks wonderful my dear!

    • Laura says

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! I hope you find some good idea here – do let me know if you try anything out. :)

  10. says

    Laura, Laura, Laura. How did you know that goat cheese is one of my favorite foods in the world? And that I am drastically reducing the amount of all cheeses I consume? This is the best gift you could have given me today. (Yeah, it’s been one of those days that can definitely be made better with food.) I don’t do tomatoes, but the options of other veggies & dishes to stuff/smother/dip are endless. Hallelujah!

    • Laura says

      Because I’m stalking you, of course! :)

      Try it in red peppers! Maybe add some lentils or quinoa for bulk?

      Hope you have a better day tomorrow.

  11. says

    This is such a great idea- despite being an avid goat cheese lover, I want to give this method a go! I’m not a vegan but I’m all for trying new recipes!

    I love squash & goat cheese salads so I’m tempted to try using butternut squash or pumpkin in lieu of the tomatoes!

  12. says

    Wow, I am kind of dying over these tomatoes. I had the best vegan “cheese” I had ever tasted at a restaurant on Valentine’s day (they called it Vegan Boursin cheese) and am dying to replicate it. I wonder if this would be close? I have never bought yellow miso, only red. And I barely ever used it- it just sat in the back of my fridge forever. It might still be there…
    I just got a tofu press last week, so I am dying to use it ALL THE TIME. Thanks for sharing this!!

  13. says

    Hi Laura – the dinner party sounds awesome. And these stuffed tomatoes perfect! I’ve made a similar ricotta-style cheese by putting the tofu through a ricer. But I haven’t tried it with miso. I am definitely stealing that idea, I bet miso gives the cheese another layer of umami flavor. Thanks and Congrats on a well-deserved TOP 9 today!
    LL

  14. says

    I’m so excited I found your recipe! I need to try out your vegan goat cheese, that’s one of my favorite cheese’s and I have missed it soooo much since I stopped eating a lot of dairy, it looks really good stuffed into those oven roasted tomatoes, yum!

    • Laura says

      Dairy has been one of the most difficult things for me to give up as well. I would have thought meat was harder! Thank you for commenting, and I hope you enjoy it if you do try!

  15. says

    Wow – these look amazing. I’ve been hesitant to try tofu cheese – I just prefer cashew and almond based cheeses, however, I don’t think I can pass up making these!

    • Laura says

      Thank you! When you are looking for a creamier, more dense cheese like ricotta or goat, I think it has to be a tofu replacement. I’d be interested to see what you think!

  16. says

    Stuffed cherry tomatoes are the bomb and make a healthy appetizer. I’m not a fan of tofu cheese, but I’ve been meaning to try silken tofu as a substitute for creamy cheese. Pinned to my Special Diets board on Pinterest!

  17. says

    These tomatoes look absolutely delicious. I’ve never tried tofu, but these look so good I would definitely try it. I don’t think it will make a difference.

    Thanks so much for sharing,
    Joanne

    • Laura says

      I honestly don’t think the tofu was even detectable, but would love to hear your feedback if you do try it! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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