Monday, March 2, 2009

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Tomatoes

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Friday night my best friend Tam & I went into my sweet little town to the new theatre to see the Iliad, the Odyssey & all of Greek Tragedy in less than 99 minutes. It was a comedic overview of all the characters we learned yet forgot about in school. We felt like teenagers as we snuggled red wine into Pomegranate juice containers & no one was the wiser. The show was entertaining but thank goodness for smuggled wine & best friends!!!!!

Other great friends of mine opened a new frozen yogurt store in town called Yogo. They serve non-fat natural frozen yogurt, plain & green tea, as well as smoothies, with toppings to make it all complete. I brought these delicious & beautiful stuffed tomatoes to their grand opening on Saturday. 

Oh, my favorite treat is the regular yogurt with granola, strawberries & drizzled honey. I wish my friends Nicole & Jonathan all the success in the world!!!!


These tomatoes were really wonderful & made a perfect appetizer!!!!!!


1 pkg (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup light mayo
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 can (14 oz) water packed artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed & chopped
1 pkg (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed & squeezed dry
1/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
4 tblsp grated parmesan cheese, divided
3/4 tsp garlic salt
78 cherry tomatoes
Fresh chives for garnish (optional)

Cut a thin slice off the top of each tomato. Scoop out pulp using an 1/8 tsp measurer & your finger, leaving a 1/2 inch shell. Invert onto paper towels to drain. Set aside. I prepped mine the night before & left them on the counter covered in a towel. If you put them in the fridge the tomatoes may become too meaty.

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, mayo & sour cream. Stir in the artichokes, spinach, mozzarella cheese, 3 tblsp parmesan & garlic salt. Fill each tomato with the filling using the same 1/8 tsp measurer.

Serve chilled or place on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 5 minutes until warmed.


To serve, I put crushed ice in ziploc bags, placed lettuce leaves over them & the tomatoes on top keeping them safe to lay out for awhile!


{My Thoughts}

The 1/8 tsp measurer is your best friend for this recipe. I wouldn't do it without it. Also, I used 1/2 tsp garlic salt rather than the 3/4 tsp. Taste for yourself & then add more if necessary. Also, I only used 3 tblsp parmesan cheese because I didn't want extra on top since I was leaving these cold. If I was to bake them then I would use the extra amount.

If you are transporting these then line whatever you are using to store them with something that will keep the tomatoes from falling over. At first I used aluminum foil but this did not work. A ribbed dishtowel works perfectly!!!!! If you garnish with the chives, snip them in half & use the chives that have very sturdy ends. You will notice if they are too soft to put through the mixture to stay. I placed 2 chives in the tomatoes, sporadically.

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Dear friend Tam came to support the grand opening! Rockin' the bright beautiful colors in the background at Yogo.


Tristan was our entertainment, rockin' out!

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52 comments:

Kristina P. said...

What an amazing recipe! Love all these ingredients.

Piece o' Coconut Cake said...

OK, this is EXACTLY why I haven't been by lately. I'm on such an obnoxious diet. *sigh* I miss you girls...

~Marie~ said...

Ooooo... sounds yummy. I will totally have to try this!!!

Woman Interrupted said...

I bet they're as pretty as they are tasty...did they get devoured before you could snap the picture?

Pat aka Posh said...

I'd definately love this.. it has all my favorite veggies in it.

Briony said...

this looks so yummy!

Sherry said...

This sounds absolutely scrumptious! I might have to try this for our ladies fellowship on Thursday. :D

Briony said...

they are a couple (it's my lil brother and his GF of 3yrs) haha and thank you so much for the sweet comment i took that farm pic on my way home one day...the sky was like a fairytale.

hahaha

Sara said...

Those tomatoes look so delicious! I love frozen yogurt, we have some great yogurt places near me.

Bre said...

I loved the part about smuggling red wine in a pomegranite juice container LOL .....They're both healthy for you !!

Hope all is going well !

Cheers,
Bre

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

That is awesome that you gave your friends, at YOGO, some free advertising. Maybe you can get a free frozen yogurt, next time you are in. Ha ha.

Woman Interrupted said...

How did I miss the pictures??? I must have tapped in to your sub conscious! Oh, they are gorgeos.

Tabitha Blue/Fresh Mommy said...

That yogurt place looks awesome!!! I wish we had something like that by us!! What a treat! And your new header is stunning!!!

:)
~Tabitha~

freshmommyblog.com

Wibeche og Rune said...

This looks to good:)

Wib.

Brenda said...

This will go great with my low carb diet! Thanks!

Chef Chuck said...

Nice treat, and mini rocker!!

Melissa Lester said...

Your tomatoes look great, and I would definitely frequent that frozen yogurt shop if I lived nearby. Double-yum!

KDLOST said...

That looks fabulous! Wish your friends the best of blessings on their new store. Cute pic of the little one! :)

Jamiedidit said...

Delicious! This sounds like it might be girls' night treat this week!

Deanna said...

I can just imagine having these in the refrigerator when my sisters are here. We would all be popping one in our mouth every time we passed by! We all love tomatoes and all these other ingredients too!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

those look so yummy and I LOVE tomatoes! Seriously - I eat them almost every single day!

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

Ummmm- you 2 smuggle wine? Why haven't we hung out yet?!

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness! He is just way too cute! Love that pic!
Beautiful apps! They look so yummy too!
What a fun weekend! Awesome!

jsprik said...

not a fan of the artichoke, can i make these without it??? lol there are only a few things i won't eat and that is one!! let me know please!

angie said...

Looks like a great new frozen yogurt shop! Love the colors and decor.

And the appetizers look wonderful!

mommaof4wife2r said...

good food and great entertainment too!

Pam said...

I haven't snuck alcohol into a theater for years.

The tomatoes are so cute and I am sure they tasted great.

Debbie said...

I could happily fall face down in that platter.

Sophie said...

Fresh and tasty, I like how you served them over ice, very cool idea :)!

The Blonde Duck said...

I've got it. We'll have some appetizers and go to Yogo. Grab your purse, let's go.

Nazarina A said...

You are pretty sneaky!!!!
I love the ingredients for your stuffed tomatoes. They look yummy!

Rachel said...

The tomatoes look delicious and the yogurt...yummmmm and healthy!!!
Congrats to your friends.

PS your my kind of girl I like how you think sneakin in the wine in the juice hehehehhehhe

Ace C said...

That's the coolest kid I know, don't know.

Michelle said...

Those tomato apps are adorable. Can food be cute?

Good luck to your friends. We just had a new frozen yogurt place open near us and I really hope they make it.

Angela said...

Love these adorable tomatoes Steph! And I am cheering your red-wine-in-a-pom-bottle idea! Love it!

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