Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Small Bite; Big Hit

Small Bite but a Big Hit

I had the privilege of catering a graduation party this weekend. The host didn’t want to spend her daughter’s special day in the kitchen heating up food and asked the appetizers allow her to stay away from the stove. This worked perfectly with my philosophy of creating food that allows the host to do nothing but accept the compliments.

I created a Mini BLT for the party. A Small Bite but a Big Hit.
“Just a quick note to say THANK YOU! The food was delicious and it was so easy to keep everything replenished with the way it was all packaged. The BLT's were a huge hit - should of bought more of those.” From Cheryl the host.

Mini BLT’s
(recipe for 50 bites)

50 bite sized tomatoes (I used on vine small tomatoes, large cherry tomatoes would work but grape
                                            tomatoes are too small and won’t stand up)
¾ cup Mayo (I only use Hellman’s mayo for all of my recipes)
1 ¼ cup bacon bits  (I like the pre cooked bacon heated in microwave and crumbled but prepackaged
                                    Bacon bits are fine)
½ cup Parsley  (I used fresh curly leaf parsley finely chopped)
Salt/pepper to taste. I used ½ t of salt and 1 t of pepper. Remember bacon is already salty.

Day before or at least 4 hours before serving:
Wash tomatoes. Line plate with paper towels. Cut top off of tomato, discard top. Scoop out seeds with small end of melon baller and place tomatoes open side down on paper towel and refrigerate.  This will allow excess water from tomatoes absorb in paper towels and not water down filling.

Mix together mayo, bacon bits, parsley and salt/pepper. Stuff tomatoes with filling. I plated these on top of shredded lettuce to keep them standing up and sprinkled with extra bacon bits. Keep refrigerated until serving.

Mini BLT’s are a super Small Bite but a Big Hit. Guests can just pick them up and pop them in their mouths. No plates or utensils required and they taste great.

“Mise en place” meaning “putting in place” is a chef’s best friend. I like prepping with glass prep bowls especially when showing someone how to follow a recipe. Check out the set of 8 offered by William Sonoma located in the measuring section. I use these daily.


  1. Oh! These mini BLT are just so cute....love the bite size, it sure makes a great appetizer :-)

  2. I think I could eat half the tray. These look great.

  3. These look delicious. Perfect for a crowd. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I love meeting new people! :)

  4. what a wonderful idea....they look so tasty..:)

  5. These sound like a great idea!! I am following and would love you to share this on my Whatcha Got Cooking Wednesday at Mama Bird's Nest!!


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