Tiny Tomato-tizers

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Ever realize you have too much of a produce item you’re never going to finish before it goes bad? This happened last week. I had purchased a box of grape tomatoes to use on salads. However, Mr. E and I were leaving towards the end of the week to attend a friend’s wedding in Florida, and I knew they’d be in poor shape by the time we’d get home. So, I did what any other creative person would do- I turned them into an appetizer to enjoy before dinner. And they were met with positive reviews by Mr E.

Grape and cherry tomatoes are sweeter versions of their big cousins. And health benefits run in the family. From heart-protecting and cancer-fighting antioxidants to cholesterol-lowering nutrients, these little red treats aren’t messing around. Pop a few for a low calorie snack- 1 cup will only cost you 27 calories! Small tomatoes are in their peak season early summer, so now is a perfect time to pick some up.

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This is a quick appetizer to whip up if visitors stop by unexpectedly or you are looking for something to add to your next cocktail party. If you have a box of small tomatoes, cheese, and spices hanging around, then you’re ready to go. I prefer making these in my small toaster/convection oven rather than heating the entire house up using my oven. Give these red beauties a shot and pair with your favorite pizza wine- I highly recommend a nice Zinfandel.

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Try this appetizer for your next event or just the two of you and let me know what you think.  Which topper did you prefer?  And most importantly, which wine did you enjoy with these little nuggets?

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Tiny Tomato-tizers

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 5 halves

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Ingredients

  • 20 grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TB shredded hard cheese (Asiago or Parmesan recommended)
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp dried basil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350ºF.
  2. Line a baking pan with non-stick foil or parchment paper.
  3. Arrange tomatoes on tray with cut side facing up.
  4. Sprinkle garlic, cheese, oregano and basil on tomatoes.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

I also experimented with an alternative version. Try both an let me know which is your favorite! Swap the hard cheese for goat cheese and the spices for ½ tsp crushed rosemary. Place a pea-sized amount of goat cheese on each tomato and sprinkle with crushed rosemary. Bake for same length of time. Pair with a pinot noir for wine time.

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Nutrition Info

5 halves= 29 calories, 1g fat (0g sat fat), 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g protein, 43 mg sodium (Source: SELF Nutrition Data)

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2 thoughts on “Tiny Tomato-tizers

  1. Made these last week….so good!!!!! I used Pecorino instead of Parmesan and a pea-sized amount of goat Gouda on each tomato. (I don’t do cow’s milk – just sheep and goat.)
    Thanks for the great recipe!

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