Easy Tomato and Cheese Appetizer

These tomato and cheese bites take just minutes to assemble and they are so good! @natashaskitchen

I’ve been making these tomato cheese bites for years. As soon as Mom’s garden grown tomatoes show signs of ripening, I’m spreading the aioli and sprinkling cheese all over them. If you’ve tried the zucchini crisps with garlic aioli you already know why I’m so excited about this sauce!

This tomato cheese bites recipe takes just minutes to assemble. It makes for a quick appetizer or even side dish if using larger tomato slices. The ingredients can easily be doubled or even tripled for a larger crowd. My son ate every slice on the plate below. He luuuuves these!

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Ingredients for Tomato Appetizers:

3/4 lb (about 4 medium) roma tomatoes
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, finely grated
Fresh dill or parsley for garnish, optional

For the Garlic Aioli Sauce:

1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

Easy Tomato and Cheese Appetizers

How to Make Tomato Cheese Bites:

1. Slice tomatoes into 1/3″ thick rings; discard (or eat!) the ends since you need a flat bottom on these for serving.

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2. Combine all of your ingredients for the garlic aioli sauce together in a small bowl. Dab or spread about 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of the garlic aioli sauce on each tomato (add it to taste, depending on how large your tomato slices are).

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3. Top the spread with a generous pinch of finely grated mozzarella. You might also try smoked gouda or cheddar, but I always have mozzarella in the fridge and that is what we usually use.  Top with fresh dill or parsley to serve if desired. My son picked off the dill ;). Enjoy

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Easy Tomato and Cheese Appetizer

4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
These tomato and cheese bites take just minutes to assemble and they are so good! @natashaskitchen
This tomato recipe makes for a quick appetizer or even a side dish if using larger tomato slices. It takes just minutes to assemble. One batch makes 25 small tomato bites, but the recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled for a larger crowd.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4-$5 (varies by season)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb about 4 medium roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese finely grated
  • Fresh dill or parsley for garnish optional

For the Garlic Aioli Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove pressed
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice tomatoes into 1/3" thick rings; discard (or eat!) the ends since you need a flat bottom on these for serving.
  2. Stir together all of your ingredients for the garlic aioli sauce in a small bowl. Dab or spread about 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of the garlic aioli sauce on each tomato (add it to taste, depending on how large your tomato slices are).
  3. Top the spread with a generous pinch of finely grated mozzarella. You might also try smoked gouda or cheddar, but I always have mozzarella in the fridge and that is what we usually use. Top with fresh dill or parsley to serve if desired. My son picked off the dill ;). Enjoy!

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Do you make anything similar to these? I’ve seen them at parties and church potlucks so I know folks in my church make them. I bet this sauce and cheese topping would also be fantastic over grilled zucchini slices or roasted eggplant. Good-ness, it’s way too late to be hungry again!

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  • Lenchik
    October 30, 2017

    Made these tonight for a girls book club and they were a hit!! So simple yet so yummy!! 👍🏻 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 31, 2017

      I’m glad to hear everyone enjoys the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Natasha
    January 5, 2017

    Hello Natasha,
    I was wondering if I could make these the night before or they need to be made fresh? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 5, 2017

      Hi Natasha, because it is not recommended to refrigerate tomatoes, the tomato tastes and looks best when it’s sliced and served fresh. 🙂 Enjoy! Reply

  • Oksana
    December 22, 2014

    Made this awhile go and my whole family loved it. Made it with tomatoes from the garden of my moms. Ill be making these again next summer for sure. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 22, 2014

      Definitely! These are the best with home grown tomatoes! 😉 Reply

  • Elichka
    August 7, 2014

    Thank you Natasha for such a wonderful recipe. It looks so good, and is very easy and quick to make. I will be making it for sure.
    Thanks again,
    May God Bless you and your family!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 7, 2014

      Elichka thank you so much for your sweet comment. You’re so nice 🙂 Reply

  • Kent
    August 3, 2014

    Beyond awesome! I tried this on toast for breakfast and fell in love. Since then I’ve had it about a dozen times, with and without toast. I highly recommend this one. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 3, 2014

      I love the idea of putting it on toast to make it more of a complete breakfast 🙂 Reply

  • Tallya
    July 22, 2014

    Perfect picture above the printable recipe card. I bake eggplant rounds, top with the sauce and cheese, tomato on top along with a bit of sauce and a sprig of parsley to garnish 🙂 One of my husbands favorite foods! I will try making these as well and see what he says Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 22, 2014

      Oh yum that sounds wonderful! And thank you for the sweet compliment 🙂 Reply

  • Ana
    July 22, 2014

    My favorite wedding appetizer! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 22, 2014

      Thank you Ana :). Reply

  • July 20, 2014

    These look so fresh and delicious! Perfect small bite for this hot summer I’m in the middle of! That garlic aioli would be so versatile too. YUM! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 20, 2014

      Thank you Pamela, I especially like the fact that I’m able to use home grown tomatoes :). Reply

  • Olga
    July 19, 2014

    Made these last night. They went quick! I used less aioli on the tomato and artisan Parmesan cut from the wheel and it was amazing!! Most of all, I like the presentation. Colorful, finger food with delicious, healthy ingredients. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 19, 2014

      Your artisan parmesan cut straight from the wheel sounds so so good! I’ll have to try that one of these days 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the tomatoes 🙂 Reply

  • We used to make these for parties all the time! I think it’s time to renew the tradition)) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 19, 2014

      I’m curious to try this topping over cucumbers too! It’s funny how I can completely forget about foods that used to be favorites only because we (as food bloggers) always want to create something new! 🙂 Reply

  • Julie
    July 18, 2014

    Yum! I make this all the time my kids love it! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 18, 2014

      My son loves it too! What’s not to love? 🙂 Reply

  • Valentina
    July 18, 2014

    I have been making these for years now too except without the lemon juice. I will have to try that next time I make these. There are NEVER any left when guests come over. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 18, 2014

      It’s great with and without lemon juice. Sometimes when I’m feeling a little less motivated, I don’t add the lemon juice ;). They do fly off the plate when I make them too 🙂 Reply

  • Tas
    July 18, 2014

    This is my all time favorite ukie food!!!!! I love to add corn to the mayo as well for some sweetness 🙂 or chop some basil and garnish with that 🙂 yuuuummmm!! Guess we are having these for dinner! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 18, 2014

      Ooh corn sounds very good too! I’ll have to try your version. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • delicious.. definitely a recipe i will be making this weekend as i have a housewarming party to attend and an appetizer to bring! thanks for the idea! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 18, 2014

      How fun! I love housewarming parties. Let me know how everyone liked these 🙂 Reply

  • Valya of valyastasteofhome.com says
    July 18, 2014

    Yummy! Their is no healthier snack like tomatoes from the garden! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 18, 2014

      Yes! And best of all there is no cooking required! 😉 Reply

  • July 17, 2014

    We make a similar appetizer in our family: roasted eggplant, spread (mayo, garlic, cream cheese), tomato on top, garnished with parsley. Now I’m craving it =) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 17, 2014

      So am I!! Thanks alot! 😉 Now I’m definitely buying eggplant tomorrow! Reply

  • July 17, 2014

    Woah! These look amazing!!! I’ve never tried them before but they remind me of a family favorite eggplant version, with the tomato and sauce! Yum! I’ll be making these this summer for sure! Thank you for sharing dear! <3 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 17, 2014

      Oh my goodness how I love eggplant! I’ve been craving it all week long. I better get to the store tomorrow. That’s one thing that we haven’t had much success with growing. Thanks Vicky 🙂 I hope you’re having an awesome summer! Reply

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