Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bacon Tomato Cups

There is SO much to be excited about today and we can't wait to share with you!!  Tall One just hosted a super fab bachelorette party weekend for her friend Katie that was full of friends, fun, and food.  She made some really great recipes that you definitely have to try out at your next party!

In addition we are participating in a special 8 week recipe exchange hosted by some of our favorite food bloggers!  The Tomato Love Recipe Exchange is celebrating one of our favorite foods and bringing awareness to the sub par working conditions endured by many of this nation's laborers.  So come share in the tomato love at the Tomato Love Recipe Exchange hosted by Gimme Some Oven and Bake Your Day, sponsored this week by KitchenAid.  Also visit Recipes For Change to learn more about how to support tomato farmers.

Tall One kicked off the bachelorette weekend on Friday night by inviting the ladies over for wine, appetizers, and girl talk.  There is no recipe that celebrates love and tomatoes quite like these Bacon Tomato Cups (seriously, who doesn't love bacon!?)  The recipe comes from a friend's mom and these little guys are ALWAYS a hit at parties!  Make a batch for your next get-together and they will disappear faster than the bachelorette can finish her first glass of wine!

-10 pieces of cooked bacon, broken up into small bits
-1 large or 2 small tomatoes, chopped
-1/2 onion, chopped
-6 oz shredded cheddar cheese
-1 tsp dried basil
-1/2 cup mayonnaise
-2 cans Pillsbury Junior Buttermilk Biscuits

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Prepare mini muffin tins by spraying the individual cups with a nonstick cooking spray.  This recipe will make about 4 dozen cups.

To make the filling, start by cooking 10 strips of bacon.  We suggest turkey bacon because it is less greasy and gets nice and crispy.  Let the bacon cool and break it up into small bits.  In a medium bowl, combine bacon bits, chopped tomato, chopped onion, shredded cheese, basil, and mayo.  Mix all of the ingredients until they are well combined.

It is very important to keep the biscuit dough refrigerated until you are ready to make the actual cups and to work as quickly as possible since it is more pliable when it is chilled.  Open the can and separate the biscuits (there should be 10 to a can).  Cut each biscuit into thirds and flatten the dough.  Press the biscuit dough into a mini muffin cup and immediately fill it with a tsp of the tomato bacon filling.  The dough should rise slightly above the edge of the cup so they are easy to remove once baked.  After filling all of the cups, bake them in a 375 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the biscuit is golden brown and the filling is hot.  Let them stand for about 5 minutes in the pan before  removing and serving.

Bacon Tomato Cups make a great party snack, because you can prepare them ahead of time, cover them with foil, and store them in the refrigerator until party time.  When your guests arrive, simply uncover the cups and throw them in the oven for a few minutes to bake.  So simple and such a party pleaser!!

Here's to bachelorette love and TOMATO LOVE!

Tall and Small

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