Thanksgiving appetizer: Tomato-stuffed pouches

Tomato-Stuffed Pouches are a classy and Mediterranean Thanksgiving appetizer | Thanksgiving.com

Little pouches of food are always delightful to take to a table of waiting guests. Leave them wondering what are inside these little pouches using lasagna sheets until they slice them open to see and taste the fresh Mediterranean flavors that you have prepared. If you are serving meat for the succeeding courses, fresh tomatoes are refreshingly light to start a rich dinner of goodies. These tomato and caper-stuffed pouches serve as the perfect surprise to your Thanksgiving feast!

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup jarred capers
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 5 lasagna sheets
  • 10 fresh chives

Instructions

  1. Slice the tomatoes in half or quarter then lightly squeeze out the seeds. Mince them then set aside.
  2. Rinse the capers in running water then lightly squeeze out the liquid.
  3. In small bowl, mix the capers, dried oregano, parsley, garlic, salt and extra virgin olive oil. Use an immersion blender to smoothen the mixture. Adjust the taste according to your taste. Mix it with the minced tomatoes and set aside.
  4. Over high heat, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add some salt then cook the lasagna sheets 1 or 2 at a time. Follow cooking time according to the packaging. Usually, it is 2-3 minutes.
  5. When cooked, take out the lasagna sheet from the water and spread it out on a clean kitchen dishtowel to dry it out. Transfer it to a plate carefully. Put a parchment paper on top of it so that the next cooked lasagna that you will put on top will not stick to it.
  6. To prepare the pouches, slice a lasagna sheet in two then spoon some tomato mixture in the middle.
  7. Collect all the ends of the lasagna sheet and press together to close. Tie with a fresh chive close it well.

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