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Jan182011

Tomato pesto bites

I love popping a scrumptious biteful of something into my mouth. Finger foods are so much fun! Sometimes I daydream about what it must be like to have a butler wandering around my home, offering me a tray filled with delicious finger foods. He then retreats to my over-sized kitchen so my personal chef can replenish the assortment of goodies. And then I wake up from my dream, with only a messy kitchen and a living room that resembles tornado carnage in my sight.

Where was I? Oh, finger foods!

This fun little tomato finger food recipe contains pesto, of all things, and would be one that I would request adorn my butler's tray.

Start by cutting both ends off of 30 cherry tomatoes. Cut the base of the tomato smaller than the top, as this cut is merely intended to keep the tomato upright on the serving platter. Gut the tomatoes, using a small knife to separate the seeds from the side of the tomato.

Tomato guts. I threw them into a big bowl of salad so as to not be wasteful.

(Source: Better Homes & Gardens magazine)

Invert the tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Set aside to allow for the tomatoes to drain.

For the filling, combine the following ingredients in a food processor:

1/2 of a medium avocado, peeled, seeded and chopped

2 oz. cream cheese

1 Tbsp. basil pesto (I used spinach basil pesto)

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Cover and process until just combined.

Place tomatoes on a serving platter and spoon the filling into the tomato cups. If needed, cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Sprinkle with chopped fresh basil before serving.

If you see my butler, please tell him he is late for work.

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (8)

I was looking for gluten free and easy finger food recipes in Foodgawker and this one looked amazing! Thanks for the idea, I'll have to try it!

01.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterALittleBite

These DO look awesome! I was wondering though, in your printable recipe version you have avocado in the list of ingredients, but it isn't in the posted recipe.
Did you use advocado?

Thanks!

Laruie

01.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Yes, I did use avocado! Thank you so much for catching that. I have changed the post and now it correct. THANK YOU!!!

01.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPip

I've made something similar using little cubes of cheese and a dollop of pesto inside the tomato, but I like this idea even better! They sound and look awesome!

01.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Popping these in your mouth is almost better than candy. The mixture of ingredients provides a mouthful of flavour and texture The lemon flavour is such a great addition to the pesto. Great photo's!!

01.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMedifast Coupon

I love fast and easy recipes like these! Will definitely try this!

I was wondering if the avocado will cause darkening if the bites aren't eaten right away?

07.7.2013 | Unregistered Commenterlk

Hi LK! I would make and serve these right away. The avocado would definitely "darken" if left overnight. Hope this helps!
Megan

07.8.2013 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

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