party food on a stick: cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto

cherry tomatoes stuffed with pesto and mozzarella (without their sticks!)
This is ideal party food - intensely savoury, yet slightly sweet, mouthfuls of deliciousness. On a stick. Use the sweetest cherry tomatoes or baby plum tomatoes that you find. I would say make your own pesto, but failing that, buy pesto from a deli or from the deli counter of your supermarket. (Please don't use that stuff in jars that has a strangely subdued colour and a distinct flavour of rancid cheese). So make your own, it's a revelation.

 find when I serve these at parties, people will munch their way through a couple of these sticks, while chatting away and slurping at wine. After a few of these, people find themselves saying "Damn, these are good." There's always a slight element of surprise that something so simple can be so pleasurable!

Skill level: Easy although a bit fiddly

cherry or baby plum tomatoes
fresh mozzarella
fresh pesto
cocktail sticks

  1. Slice the top of each tomato. Scoop out the seeds in both the main body of the tomato and it's "lid". Make sure that you don't pierce the skin of the tomato. (I tend to loosen the seeds with a sharp knife and then scoop the rest out using a teaspoon).
  2. Turn the tomatoes upside down to drain of any juice. I tend to arrange them with their "lids", so that each "lid" will fit later!
  3. Drain the mozzarella and chop into pea-sized pieces.
  4. To assemble, drip a small dollop of pesto into the cavity of the tomato.
  5. Gently stuff in a piece of mozzarella.
  6. Take the tomato "lid" and place on top.
  7. Holding this together, skewer through the "lid" with a cocktail stick.
  8. Serve at room temperature.
The photo at the top of this blog is, I hope, an example of my improved photography. Well, I can only hope. Unfortunately, I forget to photograph the tomatoes with their lids impaled by cocktail sticks. By the time I remembered, we had eaten the lot. Oh well.

But here is my original photograph, with tomatoes on sticks, on a very hot summer's evening . . .

stuffed cherry tomatoes on sticks!


o cozinheiro este algarve said...

It must of been along bus journey today. Two posts in one morning and still time to read the Guardian!!!!!

heathcliffe said...

Hey. I'm kinda late posting comments, but thanks again for making cocktails and party food for us. Was bloody lovely to see you and spend time...

The cocktails rocked btw. And they stain concrete if you ever need to do that. ;-)

Still finding stray cocktail sausages and stuffed tomatoes on the balcony, but each one is a happy memory. I owe you. Best night in as long as I can remember.


Marmaduke Scarlet said...

Rupert - 2 posts in one TRAIN journey. I like to mix things up a bit!

Marmaduke Scarlet said...

Heath - have posted our Jackson Pollock moment! Oops, sorry about that. But it was a truly fabulous night. Great food (of course!), gorgeous company, a full moon and magic foxes . . . perfect!