My book club meets tonight, and I’ve been tasked with bringing an appetizer. Trying to make something that excites a group while also remaining semi-Paleo can be challenging. I know there will be plenty of other delicious and indulgent cuisine so I’m aiming to bring a light bite that won’t hurt our waistlines.
Since it’s tomato season, I’ve decided to stuff Campari tomatoes with fresh basil, feta cheese and toasted pine nuts. A quick drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar and a touch of good olive oil and this appetizer is ready. I’m sure the ladies will enjoy it and hopefully its prettiness will make up for the fact that I didn’t finish the book.
Stuffed Campari Tomatoes
What you’ll need:
8-12 Campari tomatoes or 8 plum tomatoes (cherry and grape tomatoes are too small for this recipe)
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 green onion (scallion), chopped
3 1/2 ounces of feta cheese (I use reduced-fat)
6 large basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Carefully slice the very top off each tomato. Using a mellon baller, carefully remove the inside pulp and seeds from the tomatoes to create little cups.
In a bowl, mix together the scallion, pine nuts, feta cheese and basil and combine well. Fill each tomato with feta-mixture. Then drizzle one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar over the top of all the tomatoes. Repeat with olive oil. Serve immediately and enjoy.
*You can make this ahead of time and keep it lightly covered in the refrigerator. However, don’t add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar until you’re ready to serve your dish.