Merry Tomatoes

"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.)"
photo by Ms B. photo by Ms B.
photo by Ms B.
photo by Ms B. photo by Ms B.
Ready In:
6hrs 10mins




  • 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.

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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. This was the top appetizer at a New Year's Eve party. I wasn't able to attend the party but I wanted to drop off an appetizer anyways. Boy, was this an easy one to do. I cleaned the cherry tomatoes, sent along a bottle of vodka, put the seasoning mix in a small plastic bag and included the toothpicks. I asked the hostess to poke the holes in the tomatoes and pour the vodka over them about 2 hours before serving. (I just noticed that the directions say 6 hours before serving. Ooops!) I also included a small bag of kosher salt for dipping and asked the hostess to put a few drops of hot sauce in with the vodka.
  5. This was quite a novel idea for our Christmas Day lunch. I ended up soaking the tomatoes for longer than stated and they were great. Thanks for sharing.



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