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.

{Click Here to Print Recipe}

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!

For more Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays 
please visit Blessed with Grace!


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.


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 !


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!!!


Wibeche og Rune said...

This looks to good:)


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!

Anonymous said...

Hello, everything is going nicely here and ofcourse every one is sharing facts, that's actually fine, keep up writing.

Also visit my webpage; children s rideable train

Anonymous said...

Appreciate the recommendation. Let me try it out.

my site :: germany

Anonymous said...

Hi, i think that i saw you visited my blog so i got here to go back the want?
.I am attempting to find things to enhance my site!
I assume its good enough to make use of a few of your concepts!

Stop by my web blog :: vakantiehuisjes frankrijk

Anonymous said...

This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something that helped me. Thanks a lot!

my blog post vakantiewoningen frankrijk huren

Anonymous said...

I always spent my half an hour to read this website's articles all the time along with a cup of coffee.

Review my blog post :: vakantiehuizen frankrijk

Anonymous said...

You've made some really good points there. I looked on the net to find out more about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this website.

Feel free to surf to my homepage: vakantie duitsland met kinderen

Anonymous said...

Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit
my comment didn't appear. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again.
Anyways, just wanted to say great blog!

Also visit my webpage: vakantiehuisje frankrijk

Anonymous said...

You are so interesting! I do not think I've truly read through something like this before. So wonderful to discover another person with genuine thoughts on this topic. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This website is one thing that is required on the internet, someone with some originality!

Stop by my blog - vacatures in arnhem

Anonymous said...

Thanks for any other informative web site. The place else could I get that kind
of information written in such an ideal method? I have a mission
that I am simply now operating on, and I have been on the look out for such information.

Review my blog post; vakantiewoning huren

Anonymous said...

I'd like to thank you for the efforts you've put in
writing this site. I really hope to view the same high-grade blog posts from you later
on as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me
to get my very own website now ;)

Review my site: luxe vakantiehuisjes frankrijk huren

Anonymous said...

Right away I am going to do my breakfast, afterward having my breakfast coming yet again to read additional news.

My webpage - huis huren frankrijk

Anonymous said...

Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all of us you
actually realize what you are speaking approximately!
Bookmarked. Please also discuss with my website =). We could have a hyperlink alternate contract between us

Feel free to visit my blog post; vakantiehuizen

Anonymous said...

This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger.
I have joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post.
Also, I've shared your web site in my social networks!

my web page luxe vakantiehuizen frankrijk ()

Anonymous said...

Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful post. Thank you for providing this info.

Also visit my web blog - frankrijk vakantiehuis

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement
account it. Look advanced to far added agreeable from you!
However, how can we communicate?

Here is my site; vakantiehuisje frankrijk **

Anonymous said...

What you posted made a bunch of sense. But, think on this, what if you added a little information?
I mean, I don't wish to tell you how to run your blog, however suppose you added a title that makes people desire more? I mean "Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Tomatoes" is a little plain. You could glance at Yahoo's home page and note how they write article headlines to get people to click.
You might add a video or a pic or two to get readers excited about what you've got to say. Just my opinion, it would bring your posts a little bit more interesting.

My website hobbies im lebenslauf

Anonymous said...

It's remarkable for me to have a web page, which is helpful in favor of my know-how. thanks admin

My web site ... fitness articles for kids :: ::