This light and tasty appetizer is a play on one of my all-time personal favorite things to eat: Caprese salad. The flavors of whole milk mozzarella, fresh basil, tangy tomatoes drizzled with balsamic.This recipe is perfect for parties and fun + healthy snacking. Plus you can make this Caprese appetizer with a few wholesome ingredients that you will feel good about.
In a medium sized bowl, stir together the cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, salt and pepper.
Fold in half of the chopped basil until well combined. Let the mixture rest while preparing the tomatoes.
Slice a VERY thin piece off the bottom of each tomato so it will sit flat. Slice a thin layer off of the top of each tomato.
Using a tomato scoop or small spoon, carefully scoop out the tomato pulp and seeds. Discard.
Spoon the cheese filling evenly into each prepared tomato.
In a large stainless steel skillet, heat the balsamic vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat to low and stir frequently. Simmer until the mixture has thickened to desired consistency, stirring constantly. Do NOT let it burn.
Serve the filled tomatoes on a platter drizzled with the balsamic reduction. Sprinkle the top with remaining basil.
To make ahead, fill the tomatoes with filling, cover and chill. Before serving, drizzle with balsamic and fresh basil.The recipe can be easily halved or doubled as needed.The filling also makes an excellent lunch as a topping for full-sized tomatoes.