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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Roasted Cherry Tomato Cream Cheese Appetizer

Garden produce is wonderful, but it can also be overwhelming!
Here is a great dip to use up some of those cherry tomatoes.

roated cherry tomato cream cheese appetizer

Back to school countdown is ON.

T-minus two days! The kids are ready, I'm ready, my house is ready and I'm pretty sure the dog is even ready for some quiet.

If you see me in public please do not ask me what I will be "doing with all my time" because frankly I feel it's a bit rude and I'll find you up in my personal space.  Call me testy, but I'm a bit over everyone and their brother trying to figure out what I do with my time.  I don't ask you what you do from 8-3:30 Monday through Friday, do I?

I have a part-time job {which seems most days like a full time job}, I raise three children and keep them alive, I keep our house and finances afloat, I shuddle said children to all their activities and I stay home because we have decided that is what works BEST in this phase of our life.  I didn't even mention I have a husband who often works weird and unconventional hours so I need to be here.

Moving on!

roasted cherry tomato cream cheese appetizer

So....back to this end of August stuff.

Vacations are over, school supplies have been bought, back to school night is under our belt and of course ALL THE PRODUCE in my garden is currently on overload.

Everything always happens at the same time, right?

This is the first year I've planted a cherry tomato plant {a yellow one, because my middle daughter loves them} and it's taken off.  Other than eating them straight off the vine and in salads I wanted to find something different.

roasted cherry tomato cream cheese appetizer

When I took the girls for haircuts last week {cut off all that chlorine pool damaged hair!} my hairdresser mentioned something about mixing roasted cherry tomatoes with cream cheese and putting it on a cracker.

I didn't ask much more about it, but I kept thinking about it!

It sounded absolutely delightful.

Give me a good dip and a good dipper to dunk with and I'm usually game.

roasted cherry tomato cream cheese appetizer

So a few days later I set to work on roasting up half a bucket full {which makes your house smell amazing by the way} and then mixed those babies up with my own concoction similar to what my hairdresser was chatting about it.

It worked!

It's heavenly on a cracker.  Chilled straight from the fridge to my mouth!  We are loving this stuff!  It's great eaten as a dip or appetizer, but you know what else I found out is good?

Slathering some on a toasted sandwich.  Good god, it's wonderful.

roasted cherry tomato cream cheese appetizer

Give this one a try!  Share with me on social media, I'd love to see your photos or your versions.  It's perfect for a snack or to take to a party.

People will love it. 

Roasted Cherry Tomato Cream Cheese Appetizer

Yield: 2 cups
prep time: 3 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 23 M
Here's a fun way to use up those garden cherry tomatoes! Give them a roast, season them up and mix with some cheeses. Serve with a good cracker or baguette and it is the hit of the party!


  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (red or yellow)
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 T Trader Joe's Onion Salt (or any brand)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper


How to cook Roasted Cherry Tomato Cream Cheese Appetizer

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lightly wash the tomatoes, remove stems and pat dry.  Place on a rimmed cookie sheet or roasting pan and drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the onion salt.  Toss to coat.
  3. Roast the tomatoes for 15-20 minutes or until soft.  Allow them to cool.
  4. When cool, in a bowl mixture together the softened cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  Gently mash up the roasted tomatoes and fold them into the cheese mixture.
  5. Chill the dip for at least an hour before eating.  Serve with crackers or toasted baguette slices.
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