Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

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Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes make good, bite-sized appetizers!

bacon stuffed cherry tomatoes on a white plate

I love these little appetizers because they’re both pretty and delicious. You don’t see stuffed cherry tomatoes often on a food table at parties (because nobody bothers to make them), but they are a welcome sight! The filling for the cherry tomatoes is basically a bacon salad (think “chicken salad,” but with bacon instead.) And you’ll need only four ingredients to make them.

overhead shot of a white plate with bacon stuffed cherry tomatoes on top

Ingredients needed:

  • bacon
  • mayonnaise
  • green onions
  • cherry tomatoes

How to make Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes:

Prepare the filling first. The first thing you’ll do is cook the bacon. Once it’s cooked and crisp, you’ll crumble it apart into small pieces. The bacon is combined with mayonnaise and chopped green onions. That’s the filling! 

To prepare the cherry tomatoes, you’ll use a sharp knife to slice off a tiny bit of the bottom of each tomato. This will help them stand upright when on the platter. Then you’ll take a melon baller or a tomato corer (Amazon affiliate links) and scoop the pulp out of the center of each tomato. Then you will want to turn the hollowed-out tomatoes upside down on paper towels for a while so they drain of any excess juices. You can then use the scoop to fill each tomato with the bacon salad filling.

bacon stuffed cherry tomatoes on a white plate sitting on a wooden board with a white napkin in the background

How to cook bacon in the oven:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lay the bacon on the baking sheet. Don’t overlap the bacon or it will all stick together! Bake the bacon for 15 to 20 minutes, until crisp. The time varies depending on how thick your bacon is. Move the bacon slices to paper towels to drain.

picking up a bacon stuffed cherry tomato above a plate of stuffed cherry tomatoes

Make ahead tips:

These Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes are easy to prep ahead of time. Scoop out the tomatoes, and drain them on paper towels. You can cover and refrigerate them until ready to use. I’d feel comfortable prepping the tomatoes one day ahead.

For the filling, I suggest mixing it the same day (cook the bacon a day ahead).  Combine the filling ingredients, and cover and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Stuff the tomatoes up to a couple of hours before party time. Keep refrigerated until the party begins.

bacon stuffed cherry tomatoes on a white plate

You can garnish with a little bit of chopped fresh parsley, if you’d like. Enjoy!

Here are a few more recipes using cherry tomatoes that you might like to try:

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Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Delicious appetizer bites!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 appetizers
Calories 133kcal
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon stuffed, stuffed tomatoes

Ingredients

  • pounds bacon, cooked until crisp (see Recipe Notes below)
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (can use light)
  • 24 cherry tomatoes, stems removed

Instructions

  • Dice or crumble into very small pieces.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the bacon, onions and mayonnaise.
  • Place the tomatoes stem side down on cutting board. Cut a thin slice off the bottom. Scoop out the pulp with a melon ball scooper. Invert the tomatoes on a paper towel for 30 minutes to drain.
  • Fill the tomatoes with the bacon mixture. Refrigerate several hours, or overnight.

Notes

  • *If you can find one, they do sell small serrated scoopers that are specifically designed for scooping out the pulp of cherry tomatoes. They are a little easier to work with than a melon ball scooper. Check out specialty food or kitchen shops for this cool tool.
  • How to cook bacon in the oven: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lay the bacon on the baking sheet. Don't overlap the bacon or it will all stick together! Bake the bacon for 15 to 20 minutes, until crisp. The time varies depending on how thick your bacon is. Move the bacon slices to paper towels to drain.
  • If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN FREE, just be sure to use brands of mayonnaise and bacon that are known to be GF.

Nutrition

Serving: 1appetizer | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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  • Rita wrote:

    Can you use bacon bits rather than real bacon?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I suppose so!