Take these Caprese Tomato Bites to your next potluck & watch them disappear! Juicy tomatoes filled with herbed mozzarella makes it hard to stop at just one!
Caprese Tomato Bites are a tantalizing take on the classic combination of tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and balsamic vinegar! Whether it’s Grilled Caprese Chicken or Creamy Caprese Pasta Salad, you simply can’t go wrong with a good twist on the Italian classic.
Stuffed with a creamy mixture of herbs, mozzarella cheese, and cream, this delicious tomato appetizer is hard to resist!
CAPRESE TOMATO BITES
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What is caprese?
Caprese is a fresh salad of Italian origin. It consists of thick slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and tomatoes layered with fresh basil leave.
This salad is typically served as an appetizer garnished with a sprinkle of salt and cracked black pepper. Caprese is most commonly served with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and even pesto on some ocassions.
Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?
It’s the question that has riddled the public for ages! Some people say it’s both, but it’s technically a fruit! Tomatoes are actually the berries of the Solanum Lycopersicum plant. (Which we know as the tomato plant).
It doesn’t matter if you characterize tomatoes as a fruit or vegetable. When they’re stuffed to the brim with creamy herbed mozzarella, they’re guaranteed not to disappoint your taste buds!
Ingredients in Caprese Tomato Bites
- Cherry tomatoes
- Heavy whipping cream
- Fresh mozzarella cheese
- Fresh basil leaves
- Minced garlic
- Balsamic vinegar
For these caprese bites, you’ll want to slice the cherry tomatoes in half. Be sure to slice or break up the fresh mozzarella too to make it easier to process for the filling.
How to Make Caprese Tomato Bites
- Start by cutting the cherry tomato in half. You can cut them lengthwise or widthwise, It’s up to you.
- Next, scoop out and discard the pulp inside the tomatoes. You can use a small melon baller to make this easier. Flip the tomato halves over onto a paper towel to drain any excess liquid while you make the filling.
- Blend together the heavy cream, mozzarella, basil, and garlic in a food processor until creamy and smooth. Once the filling is ready, transfer it to a piping bag to make filling the tomatoes easier.
- When you’re ready to fill, turn the tomato halves right side up. Then, drizzle each tomato with balsamic vinegar and then stuff them with the creamy mozzarella mixture.
- After that, refrigerate the tomato bites until you’re ready to serve them!
How to Stuff Tomatoes
You can stuffed the tomatoes several different ways, but I recommend using a pastry/piping bag. You can even add piping tip to your bag. It’s a great way to make the filling look super fancy!
If you don’t have piping bags on hand, don’t worry!
Just spoon the filling into a gallon-sized ziploc bag. Then all you have to do is snip off one of the corners before piping the mixture into the tomatoes.
Try these other tomato appetizers! They’re crazy good!!
- Caprese Salsa
- Caprese with Pesto Bites
- Baked Goat Cheese Dip with Tomatoes and Basil
- Tomato Jam
- Meatball Parmesan Bites
- More APPETIZERS recipes…
Tools used to make this Caprese Tomato Bites recipe
Food Processor: This food processor is the best tool for chopping, blending, and pureeing in the kitchen. It’s super versatile and easy to clean!
Pastry Bag: From filling savory appetizers to decorating delicious cakes, this piping bag is perfect item for any home baker.
*This post originally posted on 08/31/2012.
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half
- 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
- 6 fresh basil leaves plus more for garnish
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Scoop out and discard pulp of cherry tomatoes. (I recommend using a small melon baller.)
- Invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain while you make the filling.
- In a food processor, combine the cream, mozzarella cheese, basil and garlic; cover and process until blended
- Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or gallon ziploc bag. Transfer cheese mixture to the bag.
- Turn tomato halves over, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
- Pipe cheese mixture into tomatoes. Garnish with more chopped basil if desired.
- Refrigerate until serve.