The Doris Project (TDP) Week 44: Cherry (tomato) Bombs

04cTBBRollsbfLOThis week’s Doris Project feature would fit just fine on your feast day table; and it’s easy as crud to put together, too:

wrap a cherry or grape tomato with a basil leaf, then wrap ’em both with a bit o’ bacon.


Simple, no?

Well… it would be, but mom’s note basically said just that, and then to grill until done.

02aTomatoBasilBaconbfLOSo, I was left with some decisions.

I opted to pre-cook the bacon a bit in the ‘wave, then finished it wrapped around the tomato and basil in a (very) hot oven. Nice, but next time (like, mebbe this coming Thanksgiving), I’ll just wrap the tomato and basil in raw bacon and do the whole thing a bit longer in that (very) hot oven.

03aTomatoRollsbfLOHere’s the details…

•Cherry or grape tomatoes
•Fresh basil leaves

Heat your oven to 450º (I told you it was very hot) and apply a bit of cooking spray to a rack fitted into a foil lined baking pan.

03cTomatoRollsbfLOSlice the bacon in half and sprinkle with a bit of your favorite steak seasoning – I used Gateway to the North Maple Garlic.

Wrap each tomato with a basil leaf, then with a half slice of bacon and secure it all with a toothpick As noted above, I pre-cooked mine for about three minutes in the ‘wave, and don’t believe I did myself any favors. The partially cooked bacon was tricky to wrangle, and I think the tomatoes would’ve benefited from longer in that (very) hot oven.

04aTBBRollsbfLOArrange the bacon, basil, and tomato wraps on the rack and pop ’em in the oven until the bacon is done.

Mine took about five minutes, and were really quite nice, but I’m thinkin’; start with raw bacon, cook those puppies for ten minutes, just until the bacon is done and the tomatoes are almost bursting, and  you have yourself a real winner.

Either way, an almost stoopidly good munchie in next to no time.

Try it yourself and see if you don’t agree.

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