I served these recently at a tapas party and they were a hit! Feel free to use red or yellow cherry tomatoes, both taste and look beautiful! This is a great, no-cook recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. If I would give one piece of advice for this recipe, do not skip the FRESH basil (i.e. dry basil is not a good substitute!).
If you are familiar with piping, feel free to fill the cheese mixture into a piping bag with a pretty styling tip, and pipe the mixture into the cherry tomatoes for a more fancy look!
1/2 cup goat cheese
1/4 cup minced fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt (be careful to not over-salt the cheese mixture since goat cheese is already tangy!)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
24 cherry tomatoes
Variation: Add grilled corn to the cheese mixture for an added sweet crunch! 🙂
Combine the cheese, basil, salt and pepper in a bowl with a fork, until well-incorporated. Taste test the cheese mixture and adjust seasoning as desired.
Cut the top off each cherry tomato and using a small knife and spoon (or clean hands!) carefully cut and scoop out the pulp to make a hollow, yet sturdy, shell. Note: Drain off any juice that may be in the tomato shells.
Using a small spoon (or your clean hands!), fill each tomato shell with the cheese mixture.
Arrange beautifully in a platter and serve! Can be refrigerated a few hours ahead.