Recipe: Cherry Tomato Croustades

It’s Thursday — that means you get a quick and easy recipe from Mama K!!!

Last week my office had a holiday party and we usually do a “cooking” theme where we rent out a cooking school for the evening and prepare our own meal, over lots and lots of wine.   There was one appetizer that I thought was so simply amazing and also soooooooo versitle that it could actually work really well with kids, since you could experiment with different topings that they like.   And, the kids can help make the dish.

The beauty of it is that it’s a toasted “shell” and you fill it with cheese, and basically anything else that you want.   The recipe below features cherry tomatoes.  I did it over the weekend with cheddar cheese and leftover chicken.    Try it out!  Very easy and very yummy!   Let me know what fillings you would like to try or have tried!!!   Also great as appetizers for entertaining.  Hey, adults have to have fun too.

Have fun!!


  • 12 slices of thin bread
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup Gruyère cheese, grated


Cut rounds from the bread using a 3-inch round cookie cutter (I used a drinking glass).  Fit the rounds into muffin tins, molding them gently to form little cups.  Bake them in the middle of a pre-heated 425 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until golden.  Watch that they do not burn.

Combine the tomatoes with the basil, salt, and pepper.  Taste for seasoning.  Fill each croustade with 1 teaspoon of the cheese and spread about 1/2 teaspoon of the tomato mixture on top.  Arrange the croustades on a baking dish or baking sheet and bake about 10 minutes.

Prep time:  15 min

Cook time:  20 min (10 min for croustade, 10 min to heat filled croustade)

This recipe was created by Tante Marie’s Cooking School.

Recipes: Cheesy Quesadillas

Cheesy Quesadillas

This is one of my family’s staples for either lunch or dinner.   These can be made VERY quickly and also “made to order” for the tastes of your little ones.   I like to keep some canned ingredients on-hand in case I do not have many fresh ingredients — but these are a hit and can save the night if the kids are cranky.   Let me know what you think!    Also — send some of your best ideas my way and I will post and credit you!


  • tortillas
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • Fillings – pick from:   canned olives, canned corn, black beans, leftover chicken/steak/pork, shrimp, cilantro (Trader Joe’s has frozen cubes that are really easy to use and you always have them on-hand), quartered cherry tomatoes, etc. etc. etc.
  • Toppings – pick from:  sour cream, guacamole, etc.
Put one tortilla on a flat heated frying pan on medium heat.   Layer on cheese and ingredients of choice.   Top with another tortilla.  Cover and cook about 1-2 minutes.   Take care when flipping (I’ve tried flipping with two spatulas, lifting one side while tucking/flipping under the other side, or even putting an upside down plate on the top to flip).   Cook another 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted.   I’ve also microwaved some ingredients just to warm them so the cooking time is quicker and the temperature of the food is consistent.
Prep time:    10 min
Cook time:   10 min

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