Introducing, the star of the party…
I know, I know, I’m sure you’re a star too, but… no. sorry.
Three words: Vodka. Infused. Tomatoes. Works interchangeably with, I love you.
I realized this is the second post in a week that I’ve combined alcohol with a fruit [Riesling + Strawberries]. I either just went up in your ranking or I have your significant other concerned because the non-drinker [you] just bought a bottle of Riesling and a fifth of Vodka in one week. Blame it on me, say it’s for Lisa.
I feel it’s rather appropriate to serve these vodka infused cherry tomatoes in a martini glass [or a shot glass]. Right? I like to line up the dipping salts and toothpicks alongside that way it’s easy for the guests to understand the process. If it’s a casual cocktail party, I’ll setup a little chalkboard that says, “Vodka Infused Cherry Tomatoes with Dipping Salts”.
For those who are concerned with the strength of alcohol in these little guys, not to worry. Your guests will not be getting drunk, off these at least.
The vodka gives the tomatoes a nice subtle flavor, but certainly not an overwhelming alcohol taste. If you think about it, tomatoes are made mostly of water, therefore they can’t retain much of the alcohol. Now, the rest of you who want more of a kick, drink [or serve] a martini.
Here I have a plain sea salt, rose salt and black truffle salt [a favorite]. Get creative and have fun, there are so many gourmet salts to chose from [check specialty shops, markets, etc.]
psst. Refrain from double dipping [at a party].
I’m sure this won’t be the case, but IF you have leftover tomatoes, they make a killer red sauce [served with pasta]. Just you wait, recipe coming soon…
That’s me, the “Gluten-free Entertaining Expert” sharing my tips, tricks and recipes for entertaining gluten-free at last weekend’s Wifestyle Conference in New York City. This lucky crowd got to taste this amazing recipe & have been waiting [some more patiently than others] for my “top secret” recipe.
Vodka Infused Cherry Tomatoes with Dipping Salt
[Inspired by Perfect Pair Catering]
- 2 cups Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
- 2 cups *Vodka
- pinch of sugar
- Variety of gourmet salts
Toothpicks for serving
Using a thin sharp skewer, simply poke the tomatoes, best through the bottom.
In a medium container with a fitted lid, add the tomatoes, vodka, & a pinch of sugar and carefully toss together. You may need to add more vodka to make sure all the tomatoes are covered. If not, be sure to toss occasionally.
Seal the container and place in the refrigerator and let marinate for 24 hours.
When ready to serve, drain and place the tomatoes in a martini glass or individual shot glasses.
Place toothpicks and a variety of salts out where the tomatoes are being served. Instruct the guests that they may dip the tomatoes into the selection of salts.
Recommended use for discarded Vodka = Bloody Mary’s
September 21 2011