Cherry Tomatoes Filled with Basil Cream Cheese

For a refreshing summertime appetizer, fill bite-size cherry tomatoes, round or pear shaped, with a savory mixture of cream cheese flavored with basil. Minced tarragon or chervil can be used in place of the basil.

Original Yield: 24  Main Ingredient: Cream Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes
Ingredients:

24 Cherry tomatoes
1/2 pound Cream cheese; regular in tub
2 tablespoons Half-and-half cream
1/4 cup Fresh basil; minced
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper; freshly ground
1 package Fresh parsley
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Instructions:

Chop or mince basil into small pieces especially if you are going to use an icing tube to fill the tomatoes with the cream cheese mixture.

In a medium bowl, combine the cheese, 1 tablespoon half-n-half, basil, salt and pepper. Mix with a fork or spatula until well blended. Continue to add last tablespoon of half-n-half slowly until desired consistency is met. Allow to come to room temperature as you prepare the tomatoes. This will allow for an easier time when filling the tomato shells with the icing tube as the cream cheese comes to room temperature.

Remove the top of each tomato with a serrated knife and trim if necessary to flatten the bottom. While having tomato still in hand, attempt to remove as much pulp as possible and discard. Save tomato tops for garnish.   Turn  tomato upside down on an paper towel to help in absorbing the juices. After all tops have been removed and this first step is complete then move on to the next step. The messy part is mostly over.

Using a small spoon or small mellon baller scoop out any remaining inside pulp to make a hollow yet sturdy shell. Set each shell open side up on serving dish. Garnish with parsley sprigs to help keep tomatoes in place.

Using the small spoon, fill each tomato with about 1 tsp. of the cheese mixture.

If you can use a cake decorating tube, then you can also use this to fill the tomatoes and create a pleasant swirl. You will need to add enough half-n-half so that the consistency is like frosting. Pick a large enough tube end so that the basil does not get stuck.

To finish off the platter, fill a center dish with extra or leftover basil cream cheese.  Place tomato trim tops around the inside of the bowl and add additional parsley for garnish.  If you have leftover room on you platter, fill it with cucumber slices, crackers, sweet garden peas or any other food that would go great with the cream cheese.    I used the tomato tops around the inside of the center bowl that contained extra filling.  If you do not use an icing tube to fill the tomatoes, you can use the little tops to garnish each filled tomato.   Sprinkle a little parsley over the entire platter for a final finish.

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Categories: Appetizers, Vegetables

Author:kcinaz

Lets talk about the two sides of me. I am a Gemini just so you know. The first side of me is the cooking and entertaining part. This is a major part of my life and I wouldn't be fulfilled without it. Of course, we all have to eat, but the main part of cooking for me is entertaining and sharing fun and flavorful foods with great friends. Dinner parties, happy hours and well, most anything to do with food is where I begin to enjoy. My other side, the artsy side is a craving for art, painting and photography. Maybe this is my Gemini left side of the brain?? Since starting to write a Blog I've picked back up what hubby calls my big ass camera and started carting it around again. He’s always afraid I will ask him to carry it. I keep thinking that when I retire (?#&*!!!) that I will have time to read all the photography books in my library and become a superb photographer. Wishful thinking.

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5 Comments on “Cherry Tomatoes Filled with Basil Cream Cheese”

  1. August 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    What a pretty platter! It sounds yummy, too. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • August 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      Thanks, Shari. Hope you give it a try. I’ve been making it for years and had almost forgotten about it until taking to a pot luck earlier this year.

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  2. August 27, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    Reblogged this on KC in AZ.

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  3. March 31, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    That is a great party platter kind of food. 🙂 I love this idea.

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    • May 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

      Hi Storm. Sorry for not responding to your post. I responded incorrectly. I’m still getting used to how to use WordPress. Thanks for stopping my My Adventures in Cooking…and the “like”. Glad you like the party platter idea. It is one recipe that I actually used when I did my one and only catering for a friends wedding and made 200 of the filled tomatoes as part of the menu. After that I wasn’t sure if I would ever make it again I was so tired of those little tomatoes. I posted another tomato type appetiser today if you want to stop by and look at it.

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