Prep 10 mins
Cook 6 hrs
I got this recipe from a Charleston Junior League cookbook. This is always a hit on the buffet at my Christmas party. Think of this appetizer as a very fresh bloody mary. (Cook time is time allowed for marination.)
- 30 -40 cherry tomatoes, stems removed
- 1 cup vodka
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1⁄4 cup lemon pepper seasoning
- Pierce the tomatoes a few times on the top (stem side).
- Place the tomatoes in a serving dish or bowl.
- Pour the vodka over the tomatoes.
- (Each tomato should be partially submerged in the vodka. Depending on the serving bowl, you may need to use more than 1 cup.) Allow to marinate for at least 6 hours.
- In a small bowl combine the celery salt and lemon pepper seasoning, mixing well.
- Place the bowl of seasoning next to the bowl of tomatoes along with a small container of toothpicks.
- Guests are to spear a tomato with a toothpick and then dip it in the seasoning mixture.
These are one of my standards. They are a hit wherever they go; and are a nice light appetizer in the summer months. I use grape tomatoes and more vodka. The biggest problem I have is keeping the kids away!
I had high hopes for these, based on the reviews, so I made them for a Christmas Eve brunch. Maybe I didn't pierce the tomatoes deeply enough, but I felt as though they hadn't soaked up any of the vodka, even though I had marinated them overnight. They didn't taste bad, but they didn't get rave reviews either - mostly people said that it was an "interesting idea". I might try these again, but I'll be bringing a second dish just in case.
These are GREAT. My DH made these one day to have something for a snack. I will be making these to serve at parties. Thank you, for this easy yummy recipe.