Party Food: Cherry Tomato, Bocconcini and Basil Wreath

If you have to bring a plate of food to a party but you aren’t a confident cook, this might suit you.

This is perfect for a party or buffet and the size of the platter can easily be upsized according to the number of guests. You can even prepare some of it a day in advance which is always helpful during the holidays.

I got the idea for this dish from the December 2015 issue of Super Food Ideas magazine. I love the festive colours and fresh flavours, but my version uses the pesto as a dipping sauce rather than trying to get it inside the tomatoes themselves which is what the magazine did.

One tip I would give is to buy the biggest cherry tomatoes that you can find. They are in season here in Australia so there is usually a good choice at the supermarket. If you have to buy smaller tomatoes then it will be more fiddly to stuff them with the bocconcini.

Ingredients – serves 4 as part of a larger buffet:

  • 7 or 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 7 or 8 bocconcini (small mozzarella balls), halved
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves removed from the stalks
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto (from a jar), to serve

Method

  • Use a teaspoon to remove the seeds from your cherry tomato halves. Discard the seeds.
  • Press a halved bocconcini into each cherry tomato piece. (You can stuff the tomatoes a day in advance if required – just store them in the fridge in an airtight container overnight.)
  • Lay the fresh basil leaves in a wreath shape on your serving platter then put the stuffed cherry tomatoes onto the basil leaves.
  • Serve the platter with the basil pesto in the middle and toothpicks on the side so guests can spear a stuffed tomato and dip it into the pesto.
  • Enjoy!

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2 Responses to Party Food: Cherry Tomato, Bocconcini and Basil Wreath

  1. tarynnicole says:

    I love how you have made the wreath fit so perfectly into the design on the dish. It makes it look even prettier. xx

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