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Fried Cherry Tomatoes with Spicy Yogurt

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  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 6

Breaded and fried sweet cherry tomatoes are a delicious vegetarian appetizer. Served with spicy and cool yogurt dip, they're ready in only 30 minutes.

Cindy Ensley Recipe by Cindy Ensley
October 20, 2014

Ingredients

1/2
cup Yoplait® Greek 100 plain yogurt (from 2-lb container)
1
tablespoon mayonnaise
1
tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1/8
teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/8
teaspoon black pepper
Several dashes of hot sauce
1/2
cup Original Bisquick™ mix
1/2
cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
1
egg
2
tablespoons water
2 1/2
cups cherry tomatoes, washed and dried
4
cups canola oil

Directions

  • 1 In small bowl, mix yogurt, mayonnaise, chives, salt, pepper, and however many dashes of hot sauce you can handle. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • 2 In another small bowl, mix Bisquick mix and bread crumbs. In another small bowl, beat egg and water with whisk. Working in batches, roll some cherry tomatoes in the egg wash, transfer to the Bisquick mixture and roll to coat, and repeat to double-coat each tomato. Repeat with remaining tomatoes, placing the finished tomatoes in a single layer ungreased sheet pan.
  • 3 Fill deep saucepan halfway with the oil. Heat to about 350°F. Fry the tomatoes a few at a time, lowering them into the hot oil gently. Fry about 60 seconds, until golden brown; remove from oil, and drain on paper towel-lined platter. Repeat with remaining tomatoes. Serve warm with spicy yogurt.

Expert Tips

Double-coating the tomatoes ensures a crispy, crunchy exterior and helps keep the tomatoes from bursting before the coating becomes crunchy.

A quick bath in the hot oil is enough to crisp the outsides and just soften the insides of the tomatoes. Be sure to cook the tomatoes until just golden brown, being watchful so they don’t explode.

Greek yogurt makes for a thick and creamy sauce. The small amount of mayonnaise in the dipping sauce adds a lusciousness without being overly rich. I like olive oil mayonnaise, but use whatever you like best.

Nutrition Information

No nutrition information available for this recipe.
Yoplait is a registered trademark of YOPLAIT MARQUES (France) used under license.

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