Mini Tomato-Parmesan Bites

Mini Tomato-Parmesan Bites

Did you all have fun with the Superbowl? In all honesty…I thought it was kind of boring.

I wasn’t interested in either team in the game, although I have to say that I was routing for the niners, because I utterly dislike the Ravens (and no, just because my name is Raven, I don’t love the Ravens haha).

The thing I was most looking forward to was Downtown Abbey…

Any watchers out there?? Holy amazing stories that show has going on. This season has been craaaaayyy-craaaaayyy! I won’t say anything about anything in case any of you haven’t seen last night’s episode or any of the seasons for that matter.

If you haven’t ever checked out the show, please do! It is completely captivating!

Seems like it keeps gaining in popularity, but anyways. That is what I was looking forward to and then the niners comeback at the end of the game…at least they made a good run for it.

Some of the commercials were pretty cute as well. I would have to say that over the years the commercials have been going down in my book.

Here were a couple of my favorites:

Don’t Tell Mom:

Budweiser – The Clydesdales Brotherhood:


Epic Playdate:

God Made a Farmer:

I have to say that the commercials I liked the best were definitely the car ads. I think they had the best ones this year. I didn’t post the VW commercial, I thought it was funny. Apparently some thought it was racist…really people?

And this one is still by far my favorite from last year and this year even…

Darth Vader – VW:

Enjoy this little snack that my family and I enjoyed during the big game this weekend.

Original Recipe from Cooking Light can be found here.

Ingredients for Bites:

  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped tomatoes, tomato on the vine is what I used
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 20 phyllo pastry shells
  • 2.5 ounces grated fresh Parmesan cheese (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 400ΒΊ

Mix together the tomatoes, shallots, olive oil, basil, vinegar, & pepper in a small bowl. Make sure they are completely coated.

Line your baking sheet with the mini pastry shells. The original recipe actually called for pastry dough, but I used what I had on hand and it actually will save quite a few calories from the original for the same serving size. On top of that it will minimize your overall baking time. Which, helps in a pinch.

Fill each shell/cup with the filling and then lightly sprinkle the salt and Parmesan over each little cup.

Now, I would have loved to use the original recipes call out for herbs, but unfortunately unless you want to pay a fortune at the grocery or bring bugs into your house with outside plants. Fresh herbs are hard to get a hold of in the east during winter.

I used the basil in the mixture and I rubbed it in between my palms into the mixture so that it would be more fragrant and more tasty.

Cook the cups for about 8-10 minutes and then serve.

Total calories for 2 with my modifications I think would be around 85 calories and about 2 grams of fat. Not too shabby πŸ™‚

Have a great start to your week everyone!

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  1. I liked the Bud commercial; who knows we probably saw those same Clydesdales last year when we went on the tour. Pretty manimals πŸ™‚

    But I would have pigged out on the giant ice cream bowl in the Don’t Tell Mom one too lol

  2. I am more interested in the Superbowl food. Well, know NOTHING about American football.
    These tomato bites look so tempting!

  3. That Clydesdale comercial totally made me cry!
    Oh, and these little cups are the cutest things ever.

  4. Oooo, I love these! I missed that Clydesdale commercial though..was that after the lights went out? Because that’s when I went to bed!

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      You know I actually didn’t see it myself either, but saw it as a commercial the next day and just had to share it.

  5. Of course, we had to watch, even though hubs team (NE Patriots!) didn’t make the cut because of the RAVENS! But they totally deserved to be there after the poor showing the Pats had in that game. Anywho, don’t know what happened but I missed several of these commercials… thanks for posting a few of them. I liked the Farmer commercial for its meaning and, of course, the baby Clydesdale got us all teary eyed πŸ™‚ Your little parmesan bites are a perfect snack. Oh, and that cake your mom made is AHmazing!

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      I agree, the Pats did have a pretty poor showing, but I still would have rather seen them than the Ravens. I am not a fan haha

      I know isn’t that cake amazing? Shes outstanding. I am lucky to have such a good role model πŸ™‚

  6. P.S. We just started watching Downton Abbey – Don even likes it, I was kind of surprised about that. We need to buy 2nd season I guess, because its not on Netflix, so thanks for not being a spoiler πŸ™‚

  7. I was so uninterested this year, that I missed almost the game and most of the commercials! I would be happy to eat your little tomato yummies, though!

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      I hear ya Liz, I had talked to a few people about how this year’s game was just not of interest at all

  8. What a fresh and yummy treat. I don’t like the Super Bowl game.. but my husband does. We had a crowd over and most of them were cheering for the purple team. πŸ™‚ The commercials are my favorite part too. πŸ™‚

  9. These bites are so cute! Love them. Agreed on DA – it is an obsession.

  10. Forget the Super Bowl – I just want these bites!

    I agree with you on the commercials. I always look for one really funny, quotable one and they missed the mark this year.

  11. What a great little snack. I watched the game because the Mr. wanted to watch but I kept us well supplied in food and drink to make it bearable. πŸ™‚ I agree with you about the commercials and the GoDaddy one was particularly repulsive. Yuck. In general, the level of talent has gone down dramatically! Yes, yes and yes to Downton Abbey. We were late to jump on the bandwagon so we rented seasons 1 and 2 from Netflix. But now we’re all caught up and I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself when this season is over and I have to wait weeks and months for the next one! πŸ™‚

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      TELL ME ABOUT IT!!! I waited for like 10 months for the new season this year and there are only 3 more episodes!! GAH! I am going to have to get the presale of Season 4! haha

      And completely agree, GoDaddy needs to stop.

  12. ahahahaaaaa that darth vader! So cute!!!!

    These bites look absolutely perfect and delicious and I will come to any party of yours where you serve these!

  13. Well… we’re both fans of Super Bowl and Downton in this household! So we tapped Downton and watched it the next day. Your mini Parmesan bites look awesome!