Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 25 min.
If you can find small campari tomatoes, they are just right for stuffed tomatoes. A bit bigger than the cherries, easier to core and stuff, and you can take a thin slice off the bottom and they stand right up. Very tasty recipe!
I made these and they are delicious and very impressive on a platter! Your guests will love them! I couldn’t find any cherry tomatoes where I shop so I purchased the brand ‘one sweet tomato’ . They are smaller than a cherry tomato but much more rounder than a grape or cherub tomato. The rounded shape is what’s needed. So, Here’s a trick to keep them from rolling everywhere- if you flip the tomato over and place the stem hole side of the tomato down on the plate, This seemed to give it more stability. I also used a tomato corer as other reviews for this recipe said it was helpful, and it truly was! I also piped the filling as the other reviews found it helpful, and it was. I filled them all in about 2 min. I made these apps the night before my event and they weren’t soggy. In fact the filling flavors had a chance to mingle.
I just finished making them. My thoughts. They are messy to make even piping with a zip lock bag but without that method it would be worse. They are tasty, very tasty and I expect they will disappear. Noticing comments that they don't stand up (and they don't!) I put lettuce on my platter with prosciutto wrapped mozzarella sticks like spokes in a wheel. Then I just laid these down with toothpicks in them for the guests' convenience rather than fight with them to stand up. I will mention that I was forced to use grape tomatoes as it is winter and the cherry tomatoes were tiny and barely red. The grapes were much bigger. Oh! AND I found a tomato corer!! Without it these would not have been worth the work. The corer made that job much quicker and easier. So to sum up, the filling is extremely simple to mix. If you have a strawberry or tomato corer and a zip lock assembling them is easy. And they do taste delicious.
Made these for a ladies luncheon & they were gone in jiffy. I shred some lettuce or spinach for the serving plate & put the filled tomatoes on that with a toothpick stuck in them - easy to grab & they don't roll around so much. Also I added a little chopped garlic or used the liquid from the chopped garlic jar as more flavoring. The herb & chive cream cheese someone else suggested is a good idea too.
I am probably the only one who did not like these at all, but I found them incredibly difficult to prepare. The tomatoes kept rolling over, would not stay upright. Slicing a small bit off the bottom didn't work, they became watery. Way too much work preparing these and they were not a hit. I had to throw them away, and I hate to waste food.
Elegant looking but easy.
I've made these in the past and they are very pretty, light & tasty! A little bit "putzy" having to core the insides of the cherry toms, but a quick way to do it is if you use one of those little strawberry coring tools. If you're not sure what that is, it's like a very small (1/2 tsp. size) spoon with serrated edges that you use to scoop out the stem & core of the strawberries. Works great on the cherry toms. I also make a small slice off the bottom of each tomato so they sit flat on the platter....I also do this with deviled eggs or anything else that might otherwise roll or slide around on your serving platter, esp. if you're traveling somewhere with it! As others suggested, use a baggie or piping tool to fill the tomatoes. This is a great recipe for all of those garden fresh cherry tomatoes....coming up right around the corner!
Tasty and pretty appetizer! This definitely took longer than 25 min to prepare, mostly because scooping out the tomatoes is a tedious task. More skilled cooks are probably much faster than me. Best tip by far was to put the filling into a baggie and snip the corner. I piped-filled all 50 tomatoes in about a minute. The filling is basically a delicious tzatziki. So the leftover was easy to make use of in several ways. Enjoy!
Beautiful, healthy treat. This recipe is just what I needed with it being cherry tomato season. Yum!