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Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

December 17, 2018 (Last Updated: May 12, 2020)

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Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Cream Cheese, Garlic and Fresh Dill. This fun appetizer is a burst of flavor in every bite. 

A serving of stuffed cherry tomatoes on a small white plate.

These stuffed cherry tomatoes are perfect for any party! I am taking these to our staff Christmas party, but these would also be perfect for a summer BBQ! When I think of party food, I always want a variety of foods – hot, cold, rich, decadent, crunchy, spicy, and fresh and healthy.

Some of my favorite appetizers include wonton cups, stuffed mushrooms, coconut shrimp, beet hummus, crab stuffed mushrooms and cocktail meatballs.

A tray full of stuffed cherry tomatoes.

When I first started planning these stuffed cherry tomatoes, I thought about using my homemade Boursin cheese as the filling. I think it would be fabulous in these tomatoes, but then I started thinking about using fresh dill.

You could easily substitute the Boursin cheese spread for the cream cheese filling I made, or you could even use store bought Boursin. The filling isn’t difficult to make. It takes no time at all. What does take time is scooping out the seeds from all those cherry tomatoes!

Seeded cherry tomatoes on a white plate with fresh dill in the background.

I went through a few different techniques before I finally landed on one that worked.  I also discovered the larger sized cherry tomatoes are much easier to work with than the small ones.

Seeding Cherry Tomatoes

  • The bigger the cherry tomatoes, the better. Cherry tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes. The big round ones worked best for me.
  • Cut off the top 1/4 of the tomato.
  • If you have small, oblong shape tomatoes, turn them on their side and cut off the top 1/4 of the tomato.
  • No need to level the bottom of the tomatoes. Once your tomatoes are hollowed out you can smoosh them down slightly and the bottom becomes flat!
  • Use a small spoon to scoop out the tomatoes. I used a 1/4 teaspoon spoon. It was small enough to fit into most of the tomatoes.

Seeded cherry tomatoes.

You can see that I used different sized tomatoes and finally turned the smallest of the tomatoes on their side. It was much easier to scoop out all the seeds and pulp this way.

Piping a cream cheese filling into a cherry tomato.

How do you stuff a cherry tomato?

The easiest way to stuff your tomatoes is with a piping bag and cake decorating tip. You can make the filling ahead of time, but make certain it’s at room temperature before filling the tomatoes. Otherwise the filling will be too stiff.

Ingredients needed for making stuffed cherry tomatoes.

Flavor Options

You can change up the herbs used in the cream cheese filling. Use what you have on hand or use your favorite! Just replace the dill with the following options.

  • Basil – add 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • Chives – add 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped chives
  • Thyme – add 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
  • Rosemary – add 1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • Cilantro – add 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • Parsley – add 2 Tablespoons  fresh chopped parsley

Cherry Tomatoes with a cream cheese and fresh dill filling.

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Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes with a cream cheese and fresh dill filling.

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Kathy
Cherry tomatoes stuffed with a savory cream cheese filling.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 48 tomatoes
Calories 23 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh dill (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 48 cherry tomatoes

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, combine cream cheese and butter. Mix well.
  • Add fresh dill and garlic.  Set aside.
  • Cut top quarter of cherry tomatoes off. Use a small spoon and scoop out seeds and pulp.
  • Push tomatoes down just slightly so bottom of tomatoes becomes flat.
  • Put cream cheese mixture into a piping bag. Pipe into each cherry tomato.
  • Cover and refrigerate until needed. 
    Best served at room temperature.

Notes

  • Amount of tomatoes may vary depending on size of tomatoes.
  • The larger round tomatoes are easier to manage than the small tomatoes.

Flavor Options

You can change up the herbs used in the cream cheese filling. Use what you have on hand or use your favorite! Just replace the dill with the following options.
  • Basil - add 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • Chives - add 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped chives
  • Thyme - add 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
  • Rosemary - add 1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • Cilantro - add 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • Parsley - add 2 Tablespoons  fresh chopped parsley

Nutrition

Calories: 23kcalFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 21mgPotassium: 43mgVitamin A: 160IUVitamin C: 3.9mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword cherry tomato appetizer, cream cheese stuffed tomatoes, stuffed cherry tomatoes
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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Whitney
    December 3, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Can these be made the night before?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 3, 2019 at 8:27 pm

      Hi Whitney,
      I would prepare the tomatoes and the cheese filling the night before, but don’t stuff the tomatoes until the day you need them.
      Let me know how they turn out.
      Kathy

  • Reply
    Fred G
    January 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

    5 stars
    Great idea for alternate snacks

  • Reply
    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    January 2, 2019 at 9:00 am

    These tomatoes would go well with your puff pastry straws, combining the crunchy of the straws with the ‘savory fruitiness’ of the stuffed tomatoes. I love anything stuffed with cream cheese!

  • Reply
    Adina
    December 21, 2018 at 6:49 am

    How cute! I love this kind of appetizers as well, sometimes I organize some dinner parties (smaller parties) where I only serve appetizers, 6-7 kinds of them and lots of fresh bread. Everybody enjoys them a lot.

  • Reply
    Nicoletta
    December 18, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    5 stars
    These are just too adorable and very delicious also! Would look great among other holiday appetizers!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    December 18, 2018 at 6:48 am

    5 stars
    So perfect for holiday parties! Love little one bite apps like this and you have them stuffed so perfectly!! Pinned!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    December 17, 2018 at 9:02 am

    5 stars
    This is my kind of healthy little appetizer for the holiday season Kathy! The filling sounds delicious! Pinned!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 18, 2018 at 4:34 am

      We need a balance! We need to have at least a few healthier options!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    December 17, 2018 at 7:24 am

    5 stars
    These tomatoes are perfectly poppable appetizers! I agree that these would be great for a summer party as well as a holiday appetizer, but the red + white is really quite festive for this time of the year. Nice and easy and delicious…that’s how I like to roll during the holidays! Great recipe, Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 18, 2018 at 4:34 am

      And you don’t feel too guilty about popping several of these babies!

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