Mozzarella Stuffed Tomato Appetizers

Saturday, May 5, 2012

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I don't think anybody can deny that appetizers are a lot of fun to eat. They are delicious and bite-sized, which to me means a free license to pile up as many different ones as you can fit on your plate and sample each one (and then perhaps leave). But they can also be fun to make, because you can whip them up in minutes, use simple ingredients, and still impress your guests. Case in point: pile some stuff on cucumber slices like for instance salmon tartare and you are done (or just put a rolled anchovy on each one, go crazy).

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Tomatoes are also great to use for appetizers. This is primarily because they can be hollowed out and stuffed with pretty much anything: salsa, shrimp salad, or ricotta tossed with some crushed garlic and salt and pepper.

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This appetizer is based on insalata caprese, which is simply tomato slices, fresh mozzarella and basil. I thought, why not shake things up a bit and put mozzarella, basil and onion in the tomatoes?

To start, use large cherry tomatoes or campari tomatoes. Carefully slice the tops and reserve them. Slice a few millimeters off the bottom, so that the tomatoes can stand upright on a plate. Then with a small knife, cut out the middle without puncturing the bottom. Spoon out the seedy flesh and discard.

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Finely chop fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, and red onion. (My mother-in-law recently gave us these awesome Le Creuset silicone prep bowls which I was dying to use, and finally got a chance to do so.)

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Combine everything together, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and toss with salt and pepper. Stuff the tomatoes with the mix, put the tops back on top (my husband refers to them as lids) and serve.

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Mozzarella Stuffed Tomato Appetizers
(Makes 15)

You will need: 
15 campari or cocktail tomatoes
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mozzarella
2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
1 1/2 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
With a small knife, slice off the tomato tops and reserve. Slice a few millimeters (1/16 of an inch) off the bottom so that the tomatoes can sit flat on a plate; discard the bottoms. Carve out the seeds and the flesh and discard. In a bowl, toss together mozzarella, red onion, basil, vinegar and salt and pepper. Stuff each tomato with the mozzarella mix. Top with the tomato tops. Serve and enjoy.

16 comments:

Diana said...

Wow, looks great! I want to test it out :)

psychelyn said...

This one I guess will be easy for me to do hehe. I definitely would try making it as I get home. I want to make a happy, healthy kitchen :)

Pretzel Thief said...

Yuuuuuuum! It looks scrumptious and, no doubt, is in real life. :-) And let me take this opportunity to thank you for following me. (Yay! You're kickass!) I see you're Ukrainian; I'm Serbian! Slavic sisters, heh heh. ;-)

Biba said...

so easy and so perfect ! i like it :)

Pola M said...

How beautiful! And what great deal of patience you must have!

Chelsea said...

This is such a unique snack!

Eat, Shop, Sleep and Repeat said...

as always, your photos look absolutely amazing! i'm not big on making appetizers but this recipe just might make an appearance at my next dinner party :) great job!

Sara said...

I'm making these asap! They look so delicious and you make it look so easy ;) xo

Shu Han said...

Oh what a great idea! Only problem I foresee is not being able to stop myself from popping these things into my mouth all at a go, although, since they;re definitely really healthy and yummy at once,there's no reason to really stop is there ;)

great blog, my first time here and really love your sunny gorgeous photos!

Nicole Marie said...

Man.. you cut them soo perfect!!

Hannah said...

This looks so delicious! Although, I know if I tried it mine would not even be close to how pretty as yours are!


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Ruth said...

Just found your blog - I stumbled here via a comment you left on another blog. Your recipes look fab and your photos are great too!

Pop Champagne said...

ohh this looks delicious!!! I love tomatoes too :D

Selene said...

LOVE THIS POST! :)

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Marie said...

A favorite appetizer of mine.:D

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Bailey@Lost&Found said...

I want to eat your photos. amazing!

 

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