Cherry tomatoes grow in abundance during the summer months in many regions. They are great for salads or enjoying like grapes, but they are good for more than just salads and simple snacks. Try these easy new ways to use cherry tomatoes, and make the most of the abundance of summer produce from the garden. They can be used in meals or as tasty new appetizers for summertime parties and more.
Tasty Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
Large stuffed tomatoes are delicious, but stuffed cherry tomatoes are even more appealing and versatile since they can be turned into little appetizers of many new and tasty varieties. Use garden-fresh cherry tomatoes to make tuna, chicken, ham or cheese-stuffed appetizers. They can be used as cold side dishes for a lunch, brunch, or an evening summertime meal.
Begin by washing and coring a dozen large cherry tomatoes. Remove all of the seeds and pulp. To avoid waste, save the pulp for a new variety of soup or sauce. Next, make a favorite tuna, chicken, ham salad, or a new cheese spread recipe. Take a look at these Ideas for Easy Cheese Spread. Stuff the tiny cherry tomatoes with a generous amount of filling. Stick a celery sliver and a small spinach leaf in each one to look like cherry stems and foliage. These make unique and tasty appetizers, and with delicious flavorful filling, these new appetizers made with cherry tomatoes taste as good as they look.
Extra Easy Cherry Tomato Soup
For fast and easy tomato soup that is more like homemade, add cherry tomatoes to ordinary prepared condensed tomato soup. Core the fruit and remove the pulp before adding them to the soup. Allow the soup to simmer while stirring occasionally to avoid scorching. Top each bowl with several seasoned croutons, a dollop of sour cream, and garden-fresh chives. Serve it with crusty buttered French bread for a filling lunch or dinner side dish. Try making it with milk instead of water for a rich and flavorful new meal in minutes.
Grilled Cheese with Cherry Tomatoes
A grilled cheese sandwich topped with thin slices of tomato is absolutely delicious. When looking for new ways to use cherry tomatoes, top ordinary grilled cheese sandwiches with thin slices of red or yellow tomatoes. The bite-size pieces will become tender and as they are warmed by the melting cheese, and they will retain their flavorful juices. Give this new sandwich topping a try, and consider adding strips of crisp bacon along with the cherry tomatoes for a complete meal in minutes.
Add Cherry Tomatoes to Tomato-Based Sauces
Instead of letting cherry tomatoes go to waste, use them in new ways by adding washed, cored yellow and red tomatoes to dishes that contain ordinary tomato sauce. Use them in spaghetti sauce, chili, casseroles, and other tomato-based meals and dishes.
Although cherry tomatoes are small, they are packed with flavor. Use the aforementioned ideas instead of giving most of the tiny tomatoes away or allowing them to rot on the vine. Cherry tomatoes really are great for more than just salads and ordinary snacks. The new ways to use them are endless.