Reblogged from Clare Cooks!, this is a super healthy little recipe for an appetizer or snack. Of course you could just make a bunch of them and make them dinner, too! Hey, there’s nothing wrong with healthy food, as long as it’s got some bacon in it!
These are the tastiest little bites I’ve had in a while. Tomatoes are in their prime at the moment and I suggest you make these as soon as you can! Every single bite was a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a little bit spicy, and a whole lot of delicious.
I have been attempting to make these nearly all summer, but seemed to encounter a Goldilocks dilemma every single time. Definitely make sure you get actual cherry tomatoes. I made the mistake of buying a Costco sized box of grape tomatoes, twice, and they are just too small. Then I tried Campari tomatoes and they are just too big, but finally I actually found cherry tomatoes! And they are just right. I used the small end of a melon baller to ‘pit’ the tomatoes and it was the easiest thing ever.
You can use just about any hot sauce you want. I personally used chipotle Tabasco for just about everything and it was absolutely perfect for these. I am sure your personal favorite will work just fine. I think sriracha or a Mexican hot sauce, like Cholula or Tapitio, would be great as well.
BLT Tomato Bites (Gluten Free)
2 pints cherry tomatoes (about 32)
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and broken into big pieces
1/2 cup mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt (I used half and half of each)
2 teaspoons of your favorite hot sauce (I recommend Chipotle Tabasco)
1 cup finely chopped romaine lettuce leaves from the heart
Cut off the stem ends of the tomatoes and discard. Using a paring knife or the small end of a melon baller, remove the seeds and discard; place the tomatoes cut side down on paper towels to drain.
Stir together the mayonnaise/yogurt and chipotle and spoon into a resealable bag. Cut off the tip of one corner.
Place the tomatoes cut side up on a platter and press some romaine inside each tomato; sprinkle with salt. Pipe some chipotle mayo over the romaine and top with bacon.