Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day {Ruthie's Award Winning Stuffed Tomato Fan-tans Recipe}

Stuffed Tomato Fan-tans

When I was 6 or 7 I have the vivid memory of going to downtown Trenton to the appliance store where a Trentonian photographer took my Mom's picture with my brother, Cholly, and I with her winnings.  Mom had won a recipe contest and won a full size deep freezer!  It was huge.... the freezer AND the moment.  

My Easter Buffet this year
a/k/a Ruthie's Birthday
The winning recipe was for her Stuffed Tomato Fan-tans.... a yummy cool summer night dinner that was a favorite in the Schmid house.  I've only made these a few times myself but Ruthie made them all the time.... I made them for her birthday a couple years back but sadly she didn't remember them so I tucked the recipe back away until her birthday this year.... I thought it would be a good remembrance and they were as delicious as ever.  With tomato season on the approach and it being Mother's Day I thought I'd share. 

Unfortunately even though the article with the picture is as clear as day in my mind's eye we couldn't put our hands on it.... this picture is in that same era though {the era of homemade matching or at a minimum color coordinating mommy-daughter outfits}.

This is a copy of her original recipe, you probably can't tell because it got cut off in the scan but she wrote an H in the top right corner. When she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease but was early stage she began compiling and organizing envelopes full of recipes for me.... and they all have the "H" in the corner. 

Bring cream cheese to room temperature and combine with all other ingredients {except tomatoes}; then cut slices into your tomatoes, not quite all the way through {approximately 3 slices per tomato} and fill with the "stuffing."
Ruthie's Stuffed Tomato Fan-tans
VOILA!  Grab your knife and fork and enjoy Ruthie's Stuffed Tomato Fan-tans.

NOTE:  It's not required but I like the stuffing to sit over night, covered & refrigerated, to "marry" before stuffing.... in fact, these can be made AND assembled the day before if needed.

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  1. It makes sense to make an award winning recipe from an award winning mum :D
    Sounds wonderful!

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. This is a very sweet post. I love heirloom recipes and it is such a treat that you included the photo and your mothers handwritten recipe. This looks really tasty. Definitely the kind of thing I want to eat in the summertime.

    1. very 70s but still spot on on a hot summer night!

  3. lovely post! and these look delicious and beautiful!