|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: Serves 8|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 40g||51%|
|Saturated Fat 11g||54%|
|Total Carbohydrate 3g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Bacon-stuffed cherry tomatoes make a very popular appetizer. In fact, double the recipe and you still won't have any left over. This recipe is fussy to make, but it's easy. Just settle in and resign yourself to stuffing tiny tomatoes with a wonderfully flavorful creamy mixture. As a bonus, eat a spoonful or two of the filing as you work!
Try the new pre-cooked bacon on the market. Just warm it in your microwave to crispy and it's ready to use: no mess, no fuss, and no clean-up. Just make sure that you use real Parmesan cheese, real mayonnaise, and real bacon. We don't recommend making this recipe with nonfat mayo, Parmesan from that green box, and bacon bits.
You can cut a very thin slice off the bottom of each little tomato so it will stand upright, but we think that is unnecessary and just adds work. Use our tip below for lining the serving tray with parsley to keep the little tomatoes upright and looking pretty.
For a vegetarian version of this recipe, try substituting cashews or diced avocado for the bacon.
These appetizers are perfect at the start of a summer meal when you're grilling outside. Because you have to make them ahead of time, they are perfect for entertaining. They are also great as part of a buffet if you want to throw an appetizer party.
Cut the top off each cherry tomato, and using a melon baller or a sharp knife, carefully scoop out the seeds and pulp. Place each little tomato upside down on a paper towel to drain.
Combine the mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, basil leaves, and bacon in a small bowl and mix well. Stuff each cherry tomato with the bacon mixture using a very small spoon.
Cover all of the stuffed tomatoes and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours to blend flavors before serving.
To serve, line the serving tray with parsley to keep the little tomatoes from rolling around. It's very pretty too. You need to use curly parsley to keep them upright–lettuce won't do the trick.