Bob and I were invited to our friends Eric and Kathleen's house for Labor Day last year. Kathleen is such an amazing hostess - she made a huge spread of Italian delicacies - all from scratch and all by herself! As I recall, she had assorted cheeses, breads, olives, and grapes as appetizers, a dinner of Chicken Marsala, Spinach-Stuffed Shells, Italian Sausages, and a salad with awesome homemade croutons, and dessert consisting of Pizzelles, homemade iced coffee, chocolate dipped macaroons, and homemade gelato. Can you believe it?! Needless to say, the food was fabulous. One of Bob's favorite things was a stuffed cherry tomato appetizer she made. The tomatoes were stuffed with green onions and bacon - Bob was on cloud 9!
I made these last Thanksgiving using real bacon, and recently I prepared them with Oscar Mayer turkey bacon, so it was the first time I actually got to try them. They're awesome! It's like a little BLT, but with green onions instead of lettuce, so I guess you could call it a BOT :) This appetizer is perfect for all of the upcoming summer parties and picnics!
In these pictures, I really over-stuffed the tomatoes because I wanted to use up all the filling. No one seemed to mind!
Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomato Appetizers
1 pound bacon* or 1 package turkey bacon (recommended: Oscar Mayer)
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup mayonnaise
~24 cherry tomatoes
Note: I used thick-cut bacon because Bob prefers it.
1. Place tomatoes stem side down and cut a thin slice off of the top. With a small spoon, scoop out the pulp. Invert tomatoes on paper towels 30 minutes to drain.
2. Cut bacon into pieces (~1/4 inch) and fry until crisp. If using turkey bacon, you can just cook up the strips and then crumble afterwards. Let cool.
3. In a bowl, mix bacon, green onions, and mayo.
4. Fill tomatoes with bacon mixture. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.
Source: Adapted from a recipe by Kathleen O.