Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes With Bacon, Parmesan, and Parsley

Cherry tomatoes are filled with a creamy mix of mayonnaise, bacon, parsley, and Parmesan. [Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Juicy cherry tomatoes are packed full of smoky, crunchy bacon, salty Parmesan cheese, creamy mayo, and a sprinkling of bright, fresh parsley for a simple, crowd-pleasing hors d'oeuvre.

Note: If you happen to have a melon-baller, by all means use the smaller scoop to scoop out the tomato seeds.

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes With Bacon, Parmesan, and Parsley

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About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 8
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:1 hour 20 minutes
Special equipment:Melon baller or small spoon
This recipe appears in: Tomato Bounty Week: Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes With Bacon, Parmesan, and Parsley


  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked until crisp, then chopped finely
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced, fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. 1

    Using a sharp paring knife, cut a small circle around the stem of each cherry tomato. Discard the core and, using the handle of a small spoon or the small scoop on a melon-baller, scoop out the seeds until the interior is hollow. Set tomatoes stem-side down on a double layer of paper towels and let drain for 1 hour.

  2. 2

    Add bacon to a medium bowl, along with shallot, parsley, Parmesan and mayonnaise. Season generously with pepper and stir to combine.

  3. 3

    Slice a thin sliver from the bottom of each tomato so it sits flat. Fill hollow with bacon mixture using a melon-baller or small spoon. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours before serving.

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