Tuesday, November 24, 2009

BACON & AVOCADO STUFFED GRAPE TOMATOES

Yum, Yummy yum YUM!! That is what these little babies are! These are super easy to prepare, use very few ingredients and are tasty.

I saw a picture of these ( a little different version) on some blog or website and thought they looked yummy. When I wanted to make them, I couldn't remember where I saw them or what was in them.

So after a little searching, I came up with my own recipe for these.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 Pints Grape (or Cherry) Tomatoes
  • 2 Avocados
  • 1/2 Pkg of Bacon (about 8-10 slices), cooked crispy
  • 1/2 C Mayo
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Cut a small slice off the top of the tomato.
  2. Using a knife, core out the seeds from the inside.
  3. Turn cored tomatoes upside down on a paper towel to drain and dry, about 30 minutes.
  4. Chop the avocados into small chunks. Remember to cut them small enough to fit inside your little tomatoes. Place in bowl.
  5. Cut your crispy cooked bacon into small chunks, like the avocado. Add to the bowl.
  6. Add your mayo to the bowl.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and mix it up.
  8. Transfer mixture to a small zip lock baggie, and cut the tip of the bag off.
  9. Squeeze mixture into tomatoes.




I chose Grape tomatoes since they were bigger than the Cherry tomatoes that my local Walmart offered. I wanted the biggest opening I could get to stuff these with, which makes it easier.




I actually did this step a day in advance. After cutting and letting them drain and dry I placed them in a Tupperware container and placed them in the fridge. They held up great.




This is only one avocado cut up. Make sure your avocado is nice and ripe.




I can almost taste that bacon through the screen!!! I cook my bacon in the oven. It is fast and I don't have to babysit the bacon in the skillet when I cook it on the stove top. I preheat the oven to 350 and lay the slices (in a single layer) on a foil covered baking sheet and cook for about 30 minutes, it depends on how thick the bacon is cut. This bacon was thin and done perfectly in 30 minutes.




Again with the closeup, what is better than bacon?? Chop this bacon into SMALL pieces! I didn't cut my bacon small enough and it kept trying to clog my bag up when I was ready to squeeze. So please make sure to chop that bacon up small!



Toss all ingredients (minus the tomatoes, of course) into a bowl and mix with a spoon.



Looks yummy doesn't it? Believe me, it tastes as good as it looks!



Spoon mixture into a sandwich size zip lock baggie.



Cut off a small corner of the bag. I tried to keep it about the same size as the opening of the tomatoes I cut, so that it would squeeze right inside them and not all over them. Again, like I said, if the bacon or avocado's aren't cut small enough, they will clog your bag, and then you have to pull the chunk of bacon out and eat it. . . . that's what you're supposed to do, right?




Tada! Finding a way to make these stand up is the real challenge. I did see where someone had used the green leaf lettuce to cover the plate and that helped hold the tomatoes in place. I just crinkled up some foil since I wasn't serving these at a party or anything, I was just making them for the family to eat. It worked pretty good for holding them up.

I can honestly say I ate about 6 of these before I even had 2 plated, lol.

8 comments:

gildedangel said...

Drool......that looks so yummy!

SoulSunshine said...

That looks soooo delicious AND it has 3 of my favorite things. Avocado, bacon and grape tomatoes! WE HAVE A WINNER...LOL!!

Helen (Nice Things) said...

NOTHING is better than bacon, LOL ;)

I adore avocado and bacon and can't wait to try these. Would make awesome canapes too.

Brooke said...

Thanks ladies! These are so tasty, and since you can just pop them right into your mouth they are so easy to eat 10 and not even realize it, lol!

blzcrzy said...

I can vouch for theese, Brooke brought me some last night. I sure am glad she started a cooking blog. I sure do love me some fried pig.
"Nothing burps better than bacon"
Name that movie.

Brooke said...

The name of the movie is Dutch I believe!

blzcrzy said...

You win the prize. I am your official taste tester for 1 year!

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