Yesterday I posted the first recipe from our Valentine’s Dinner, Parmesan Orzo Pasta. Today’s post is about a second side dish, BLT Stuffed Tomatoes. Still to come from my Valentine’s Dinner Menu: Lobster Colorado and Chocolate Lava Cakes!
These stuffed tomatoes are AWESOME. It’s basically a really unique and pretty way to serve a side salad. They just taste so refreshing and delicious!
The presentation of these tomatoes looks great, but I promise it’s not that hard to do! I was afraid I would accidentally cut the wall of the tomato while I was scooping out the insides, but it turns out they’re surprisingly resilient. You can hollow out a tomato and really put any number of ingredients inside to make all sorts of various, beautiful side dishes. I really love this BLT filling though! If you used small tomatoes, you could even make these as an appetizer for a party. The possibilities are endless!
These would also be perfect for a summer picnic or something when it’s truly tomato season. They just look so bright and vibrant and having some home-grown tomatoes around July or so would be perfect for these!
- 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1/4 of 1 head iceberg lettuce (about 4-ounce wedge)
- 1/4 c shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 1/2 tsp white vinegar
- 1/8 tsp Old Bay seasoning
- With a serrated knife, slice tops off tomatoes; reserve tops. Using a small spoon, scoop out flesh and seeds from centers, reserving about 1/2 cup flesh. Rinse out tomato shells; let dry upside down on paper toweling. Chop reserved tomato flesh.
- Thinly slice iceberg wedge into fine shreds; chop if long strands of lettuce remain. Transfer lettuce to medium-size bowl. Stir in the reserved chopped tomato flesh. Add the shredded cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, vinegar, and Old Bay seasoning; stir until well blended. Stir in the cooked and crumbled bacon into the lettuce mixture.
- Place tomatoes upright on platter. Spoon filling into tomatoes, mounding slightly. Replace tomato tops. Serve the stuffed tomatoes immediately.