I wanted to take something reasonably healthy to our street party (we have 2 a year – one in the street in summer and one at a neighbours in winter).
So I made Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. We really enjoyed them but I noticed that they didn't get all snapped up – unlike the spicy sausage pieces and other carb heavy treats.
Chopped basil and chives
Salt and pepper
Small basil leaves and paprika for garnish
I prepared both the tomato cases and the filling ahead of time and then combined them just before serving.
To prepare the tomatoes, I just sliced the top off and then scooped out the seeds and pulp. I first tried using a teaspoon but that didn't work well. Then I used the handle of the teaspoon which worked much better. After scooping out all the tomatoes, I put them onto kitchen paper, cut side down to drain.
I mixed all the other ingredients up in a bowl. I only put a couple of drops of tabasco in – much less than I would have done for us. But lots of people don't like spicy food. I then let it sit in the fridge until time to spoon it into the tomatoes. The time in the fridge let the flavours meld together.
Then it was just a combination job – adding a little chive or basil onto the top of each one for garnish – and a light dusting of paprika. Pretty easy – and I liked them!