Bacon Tomato Cups
For as long as I can remember, we have had what I would call ‘Christmas Standards’. A green Frasier Fir (real), red ribbons, my great-grandmother’s candy and the same holiday snacks every year. It’s just what you do…I saw a card once that said it best, “Christmas is weird…what other time of year do you sit in front of a dead tree in the living room and eat candy out of your socks”.
The Christmas of 1989 was a doozie. That was the year mother went rogue. Mother’s favorite colors have always been shades of pinks and peaches. I should have seen it coming a few weeks earlier on that Thanksgiving evening when mother, Nana and I went to see Steel Magnolias and there it was on the big screen, Shelby planning her wedding in shades “blush and bashful”.
A few weeks later, Christmas break was beginning and as mother drove us home from school she told us that there was a surprise waiting at home. I ran in the door, so excited for the surprise! I turned the corner into the living room and dropped to my knees. There it was…that 7 foot Frasier Fir…flocked. A white tree, peach ribbon and pink accents. Oh, the drama ensued, as only a 14 year girl can deliver, proclaiming that a Christmas tree was supposed to be green with red ribbons.
After the shock of the tree wore off, Christmas continued and so did the rest of our standards. Of course we weren’t exactly staring at a dead tree in the living room and eating candy out of socks. That year we enjoyed my great-grandmother’s candy and our favorite snacks sitting there…staring at that peaches and cream tree.
I normally wouldn’t use canned biscuits for anything but these are a ‘Christmas Standard’, trust me…I don’t mess with standards.
- 1 - 12 oz package package center cut bacon
- 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup)
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
- 1/2 cup swiss cheese, finely shredded
- 1/2 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise (I never use anything else but Hellman's)
- 1 - 10 count can flaky layer biscuits (must be the flaky kind)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Chop and fry bacon until crispy then transfer to paper towel lined plate.
- Seed and chop tomato into a small dice.
- Finely chop onion.
- In a bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, cheeses, bacon and mayonnaise then set aside.
- Spray a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray. This recipe makes about 2 dozen cups.
- Peel apart the flaky layer biscuits into thirds. Only peeling in half is too thick so do your best to peel into thirds.
- Line each muffin cup with the biscuit layer.
- Spoon tomato mixture into the biscuit cups.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
- Let cool slightly and remove from muffin pan.
- These are good served hot or at room temperature.
These are delicious! Everytime I serve them or take them to a party, I’m always asked to share the recipe. They aren’t exactly on the light side but they are a ‘Christmas Standard’.
I’d love for you to follow along!