My holiday parties got off to a cozy and simple start this year with a game night with a few friends this past Friday. We try to do this on a semi-regular basis and it’s always a blast, whether we’re playing poker or pictionary. This time around we went with the Newlywed Game (or the Newly Divorced Game as the Hubby likes to call it) and Cranium. Unlike poker, these games leave me free to make any appetizer I want–regardless of the mess factor. But instead of something greasy or dripping with cheese, I decided to go for a very clean (for the fingers and arteries!) dish. It’s even eligible for Sweetnick’s ARF/5-a-day Tuesday. Check it out!
I got this recipe years and years ago from a family member at our annual Christmas Eve finger food dinner. It’s ridiculously healthy compared to your usual buffet offerings, and it’s surprisingly tasty too. Of the 3 dozen I made for Friday only one was left when the 8 of us decided to pack it in for the night. The only thing that could possibly deter you from making these is coring the tomatoes. I’ll admit it–it’s a huge PITA. But considering the fact that you’re making something that will easily get gobbled up before the night’s end and you’re doing your and your friends’ waistlines a favor, it’s hard to come up with a solid argument against them. Plus if you serve them on a green plate, they’re adorably festive and need virtually no garnishing.
**P.S.–Ignore the jagged edges around my tomato tops. I desperately need to take Central Market’s “Knife Skills 101” class before I inadvertently butcher any more tomatoes. Also you could get fancy pants with the piping if you owned a pastry bag and a bunch of cool tips. Alas, I do not. Another class to add to the list.**
Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
4 oz. of reduced fat cream cheese, softened
2 T of reduced fat mayonnaise
1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch mix
~3 dozen cherry tomatoes
Mix the first three ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Remove “caps” and seeds of tomatoes. Spoon cream cheese mixture into either a plastic baggie or a pastry bag. Fill tomatoes with cream cheese mixture and refrigerate until ready to serve.