Tomato Poppers

WOW your guests or family on that special occasion with these tasty little treats! These appetizers are vegetarian and wheat-free too, so they are safe eating for most guests with special dietary needs.

This recipe was adapted to make a larger batch. Click on the More Info button to see the original recipe.

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The basics

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  • Skill Level

    Intermediate

  • Total Time:

    30

    minutes

  • Serving Size:
    6

    people

Ingredients

Please verify that you are serving foods that your guests are not allergic to. If someone has an allergic reaction, contact 9-1-1 for assistance. You can view details regarding common allergies on the FDA's website for more information.
  • 1 or 2 containers of grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 8oz box of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3c mayonnaise or vegenaise or Miracle Whip
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 or 4 finely chopped green onions
  • 1 box fresh dill, minced
Optional Ingredients
  • Dried parsley sprinkled over the entire serving plate or save some of the minced dill for garnish

Directions

  1. Half each grape tomato lengthwise or cut off the tops of cherry tomatoes, then scoop out and discard the seed pulp. I recommend using a 1/4tsp measuring spoon, as it’s the perfect size to make quick work of the scooping. Invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain while making the stuffing.
  2. Peel the cucumber then finely chop it, as well as the green onion and dill.
  3. In a small bowl, combine (softened) cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth, then stir in the cucumber, onion and dill. Spoon into the tomato shells and refrigerate until serving.

notes

These are not vegan because of the cream cheese but I prefer the tangier flavor of vegenaise even when I’m not making vegetarian or vegan cuisine and I would use it here instead of mayo anyway. I know I’m headed into controversial territory when I say this, being in the super minority here but I just don’t care for either mayo or Miracle Whip at all and so I was very reluctant to try vegenaise but once I did, I was instantly hooked! I’m inspired to revisit this recipe in the future after I’ve experimented with some vegan alternatives to cream cheese. There are some store-bought versions, but I honestly don’t know if Thorp SuperValu or anywhere else in the area offers them; although this link will give you an idea of the various ingredients it can be made of nonetheless.

Of course, I’d suggest making your own as the best way to go but nearly all the homemade versions use cashews or some type of nuts (as is typical for vegan “cheeses”) and while they truly do make a mighty delicious cheese, cashews are somewhat expensive and some people also have nut allergies. But I’m thinking that the idea here is a creamy filling for the tomatoes and that perhaps something completely different like blending vegenaise with avocado would work in these poppers too.

An extra nice touch for social gatherings like pot-latches is to have place cards for each dish, so guests don’t have to constantly be asking if things are safe for them to eat, which can be awkward or embarrassing for some people and this small effort will be very much appreciated. Simply use some colorful construction paper or thin cardboard squares folded in half to make small tents and say if they are nut or wheat/gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan. Make extra cards for others to use and maybe even coordinate with the host so they can let everybody know they can do the same for whatever they are bringing too.

Got Leftovers?

The serving amount on these appetizers is set to six, based on the ability to stuff 30 tomatoes, allotting five tomatoes per person but you can keep going or stop when you believe you've made as many as you will need. So what can you do with the leftover stuffing? Sky's the limit! Try it as a topping on salads and baked potatoes or simply as a refreshing dip for chips.