Crab Stuffed Tomatoes

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There will always be a time where you need an appetizer for your guests while you get on with the main job of cooking.  Stuffed cherry tomatoes, served warm, make for a delightful appetizer, and one that will have your guests really looking forward to what else you can cook.

Ingredients Serves 6
Cherry tomatoes 24
Cream cheese, softened ½ cup
Garlic, chopped and sautéed 2 cloves
Butter 1 tspn
Shallot, chopped and sautéed 1
Fresh chives, finely chopped 2 tbspns
Canned crab, well drained 6 oz
Cheddar cheese, shredded ½ cup
Salt and pepper, to taste

Cooking Method

Cut the tops off the tomatoes and hollow out.  Allow to drain on a paper towel with the cut side down.  Quickly sauté the garlic and shallot in butter and add the sautéed garlic and shallot to the cream cheese.  Now add the chives, salt and pepper, and mix.  After that, add the crab and set aside.

Stuff the individual tomatoes with crab filling and place on a pie plate or baking dish.  Top with the cheddar cheese and bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 375 F until the tomatoes are hot, but still hold their shape.  Serve warm with dessert forks.

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