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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Stuffed Tomato Appetizers/Side Dish

Hey everyone-Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I wanted to share a couple super easy appetizer or side dish ideas great for the Bar-B-Que or get together. I've seen appetizer recipes calling for scooped out cherry tomatoes... they were about the size of marbles at the store today so I opted for Roma tomatoes. I'll try the cherry tomatoes if they grow to be a good size in the garden.
Salad Stuffed Tomatoes
-Homemade or store bought salad of your choice: chicken, turkey, tuna, ham, etc.
-Garnish with chives, olives or a slice of pickle (maybe a hot pepper if you know your crowd:@).
-Today I made Salmon Salad (this amount stuffed 6 half Roma tomatoes):
  • Cut tomatoes in half and take a thin slice off each end so they stand up like a cup. Clean out the seeds, a melon baller works well. Sprinkle with a little salt and turn upside down on paper towels to drain as you mix the salad.
  • 1 (3oz) pouch of salmon, I would try to squeeze a little liquid out of it the next time
  • 1 Tblsp each of finely diced onion, celery and bell pepper-red or green
  • Up to 2 Tblsp mayonnaise, start with 1 Tblsp, add more till you like it
  • 1/4 tsp Seasoned salt, I use Lawry's Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp dried dill
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
If using smaller tomatoes I would make sure the meat/fish is cut up into smaller pieces. Try putting the salad into an icing bag or strong sandwich bag and cutting off the tip. Simply pipe it into the tomato.
I would stuff the tomatoes as close to the time of the party as possible.

Note:
You can use hot or sweet jarred cherry peppers in addition to the tomatoes for stuffing any of the salads mentioned above. They are very good. Cut the tops off, clean out the insides and turn upside down to drain. I like to wrap ham around a cube of cheese (cheddar, American, Swiss, etc.) and stuff peppers with that too, it's a nice no-mayo alternative.
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39 comments:

  1. Ooh, those look divine! I've got home=growns about the size of golf balls that would do nicely for an appetizer. I've got two get togethers to plan for this weekend and I just can't make up my mind. I've looked over so many good recipes, I think I'm in food-overload! ; )

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  2. These look so summery! I'll have to try thm with my chocolate cherry tomatoes this summer. They are a little larger than the average cherry tomato. Good substitute with the Romas, though!

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  3. Oh, what time is dinner? These look fabulous! Love how you garnished them too. I bet that stuffing would be fabulous in mushroom caps too! I better go and get some salmon! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. One thing that I love about your blog is that you make food prep look so harmlessly easy...thats a good thing in my book~!

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  5. We will be having salmon tonight and this will a perfect fit for those last little bits left on the platter...another one of your simple but tasty ideas, thanks!

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  6. Not only do they look delicious, but healthful.

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  7. OK this really made my mouth water! YUM@

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  8. These look so cool and refreshing, I would love a couple today! xo,

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  9. Love these, great idea! Your salmon salad sounds nice.

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  10. They do look healthy too. I just finished up some chicken salad. It would have looked so pretty served this way. Great idea, especially for a hot summer day.

    Have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend,

    Nancy

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  11. I love meaty Roma tomatoes and salmon salad stuffing sounds tasty. I think I'll try this as lunch soon, when I have a chance to buy the ingredients.

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  12. They sure would make lovely appetizers when all us blue hairs get together...lol..

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  13. Sounds so good and the right color for the holiday. Have a great holiday. Hugs, Ginger

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  14. It won't be too much longer before we'll have homegrown tomatoes! Cherry ones are the only ones I grow myself- I'll have to try some like this. :)

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  15. Another awesome recipe! Hope you're having a great weekend.
    Jane

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  16. Your stuffed tomatoes with salmon salad look delicious Lynn! Happy Memorial Day!

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  17. My mom used to make a similar version of these for us in the summer. I just LOVE them and I had completely forgotten about them. I like the idea so stuffing them with salmon rather than tuna. Thanks for the great post. I hope you enjoy your Memorial Day. :-)

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  18. Have a very happy holiday weekend, Lynn. Your beautiful stuffed tomatoes are perfect for the weekend.

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  19. I do have a barbecue to go to next weekend and I always bring an appy or side dish. Any ideas are welcome.

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  20. I love to stuff tomatoes and these look yummmmy! Thanks!

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  21. Lynn, these little stuffed tomatoes used to be my standard appetizer for parties. They are so pretty. Thanks for the reminder. I'll plan to make these next time we entertain. ~ Sarah

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  22. This looks so good!
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  23. Great appetizer! Perfect for this weekend! Happy Memorial Day!

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  24. Okay girly...you are lucky I don't live close to you. I'd be popping in constantly to sample your wonderful dishes!!
    Have a great weekend.
    Debbie

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  25. I have always enjoyed stuffed tomatoes. Yours sure look good! Have a great weekend!
    Ceekay - thinkinofhome.blogspot.com

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  26. Hello,
    as usual, all your food looks so yummy. Thank you for sharing.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  27. This is such a beautiful and delicious side dish to serve with BBQ or any lunch/dinner! I've got to make this soon! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. How easy.. great idea and thanks so much for sharing with us. Happy memorial's day, xo marlis

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  29. Another great recipe. I can't remember the last time I had salmon, but you've made me hungry for it now. Great idea for the tomato salad holders.

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  30. Stuff it in a tomato and I'll eat it! Everything just looks so wonderfully delicious and summery when served in a tomato. Thanks for this recipe. I am only just now getting my tomato plants into the ground, but will definitely try this once they start to come in.

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  31. I never thought about stuffing romas! What a great idea!

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  32. I did it once with the cherry tomatoes. Notice I said once! A royal pain!
    Looks delicious, L! Hope you had a good weekend!

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  33. oooh your blog is AWESOME...love this recipe!

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  34. These look delicious!!!

    Looking forward to having you be a part of "Where do you keep it all? - Part 2". It could be where you keep all of your supplies for cooking such lucious things.

    - The Tablescaper

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  35. They look delicious! I have never made them but a friend did one year and served them at our birthday group lunch. Pretty the way you garnished them!

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  36. What a fabulous idea to use roma tomatoes! Presentation and pics are great. I am now following you . I would love it if you visited my blog and followed me back.

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  37. Sound delicious...and the perfect party appetizer...for any time of day!

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