Pancetta, Basil, and Tomato Bites

These tasty little nibbles are a food of love.  Expect to get your hands dirty, and plan ahead, these are best when the ingredients have had a little time to get friendly with each other in the refrigerator.

Start by slicing a sliver of the tops of 16-20 cherry tomatoes, then scoop out the insides (I like to save the tops and pulp to add to tomato sauces for a fresh flavor).

For the stuffing:

3 oz. Pancetta (Italian bacon.  You can find this in the deli section of most supermarkets by the salami.  Pancetta is not smoked like traditional American bacon.)

1/2 C. Mayonaise

4 green onions, chopped

3 Tbsp. fresh grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp. chopped, fresh Basil

Fry the Pancetta and crumble fine.  Add all ingredients for stuffing and stir.  With a little spoon (a measuring spoon works well), stuff the filling into each tomato (this is messy; but remember you get to lick your fingers when your finished, and trust me, it’s worth it! LOL).  Place on a dish and cover with plastic wrap and allow to chill in the fridge for several hours.  This appetizer can be made a day ahead which makes it convenient when entertaining.  Anything you can make ahead of time will free up your time to spend with your guests.


Published in: on February 9, 2011 at 2:10 PM  Comments (1)  

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  1. Mmm…can’t wait to taste ’em!

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