Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tomato Bacon Cups

My mom took me to a cooking class at one of her friend's houses a few months back; where we sat in this woman's gorgeous kitchen and she cooked a delicious meal for us. This recipe was the appetizer of the night, and it's so simple you won't believe it. There is minimal chopping, minimal prep, and it results in a tasty little bite full of tomato, bacon, and cheese flavor.

The original recipe calls for a 12-ounce tube of refrigerated biscuits. I could only find the Grands biscuits at the store, which are 16 ounces and come 8 to a can. So I divided each biscuit up into 5 sections and that in turn gave me 40 bites (instead of the 30 the recipe said it yielded), with more than enough filling to cover them. Trust me, you will want more of these so buy the Grands!

I actually made these a whole day in advance, baked them, and then just reheated before serving and they still came out delicious. You can certainly do that, or just serve right from the oven!

Tomato Bacon Cups
slightly adapted from Paula's Pantry
Makes 40 bites
1 medium tomato, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons real bacon bits
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons shredded swiss cheese
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (I like low-fat)
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 1/4 teaspoons dried basil
1 tube (16.3-ounces) Grands refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Combine the tomato, bacon bits, swiss cheese, mayo, onion and basil in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly and set aside.

Cut each biscuit into 5 equal wedges. Work with your fingers to make it as round as possible and press each round into a greased mini-muffin pan. Spoon tomato mixture into cups.

Bake for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is slightly bubbly. Serve warm.


Kristen616 said...

These look really fabulous...and it's good to know they are easy to make! Yum!!

What's Cookin Chicago said...

These look great! I've made something similar which included lettuce for BLT cups. :) You could even submit this to this month's Tasty Tools event since we are featuring muffin pans. Details are in my blog's left sidebar.

Molly Jean said...

This looks like a great treat to serve at dinner parties.

Those look yummy!

Anonymous said...

I love quick and easy things you can throw together for guests! And this is (mostly) stuff I always have on hand anyway. Thanks for sharing :)

Pam said...

So easy yet so delicious. I love recipes like this!

Anonymous said...

OH YUM! Those look like perfect little party starters! :)

And yeah! You should totally sumbit these for Joelen's event, you diva! :P

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

You can't get any better than bacon with tomatoes. Great idea.

Anonymous said...

they look adorable too :)

Dewi said...

Coleen, I know exactly what I want at the very moment. I wish you live next door, and I can just phone you to ask if you still have any left over. Looks so delicious Coleen.

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

Oh boy, these look so amazingly tasty, me want one NOW! hee hee. Seriously, these look sooo great, thanks for sharing!


Maria said...

Great little appetizer!

Kerstin said...

They look super tasty and addicting!!

Donna-FFW said...

I love the look of these appetizers. Ill have to remember them for my next gathering. They sound real easy to prepare also, another plus. Thanks!

Julie said...

Those sound yummy! Thanks for the idea :)

Aggie said...

OH man, those look good. I wish I had some tonight while I'm watching tv!!

Christy said...

Mmmm-these look fabulous!!! Definitely bookmarking these!! Thanks for sharing. :)

The Blonde Duck said...

They sound SO good!

Domestic Kate said...

This has been one of my favorite recipes for years (there's a version on Allrecipes) - you will never be able to make these without everyone asking for the recipe!

Mermaid Sews said...

Ohh I want one of these NOW. I love making apps for parties, bookmarking this.

mayajo said...

Simply amazing! Just love the toppings!

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