Last week for my Downton Abbey party for Governor McCrory, I made these tasty little “BLT Bites”. They were one of my three passed hors d’oeuvres and were a real hit! These small bites are one of my favorites for summer cocktail parties, although, I must say they are a bit labor intensive! Your guests will love you for all of the work!
I start with a cherry tomato and make a good slice off the top and a very small slice off the bottom of the tomato, so that it will be set level. Then you must scoop out the inside of the tomato…very carefully! If you don’t slice off enough on the top, you will not be able to get down in the tomato to scoop out the inside. The hard part is over now, so you can relax! I know this, as I did 80 of these little tomatoes for the party last weekend!
Now for the filling…first of all I cook Oscar Meyer Center Cut Bacon in my microwave until it is done and very crisp. I drain it on paper towels and then chop very fine. I then slice romaine hearts very thinly. Even doing 80 tomatoes, it takes very little romaine to stuff down in these tasty little bites. So don’t over cut on the romaine! Of course the amounts on all of these ingredients totally depends on the number of tomatoes you plan to prepare. You will need to pipe some mayonnaise into the tomatoes. I use my disposable pastry bags and tips, but a “baggie” with a corner clipped will do just as well. I always use Hellman’s! Now you are ready to assemble the BLT Bites. I always “blot” out the tomato with a paper towel and then stuff with the romaine. Leave enough room to pipe in a bit of mayonnaise and then top with the bacon. It’s very simple after you get the tomatoes prepared! And very worth the trouble.
So wow your 4th of July guests with these little summer delights and enjoy with a nice glass of champagne!
I hope you are celebrating with your friends and family this holiday weekend. I am so thankful for all of the men and women who have served and are currently serving in our armed forces to keep this country safe. Happy 4th of July, everyone!