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(Announcement) Candied Smoked Paprika Cherry Berries

Last month, I was contacted by a PR representative from Lipman Produce. Lipman Produce, is North America’s largest field tomato grower being in business for over 70 years and located in South Florida (Immokalee, Florida). Lipman asked me, along with 11 other bloggers, to create an original recipe using their delectable tomatoes in a dish for their new website; Lipman Kitchen.

Sounds simple, right? I use tomatoes on a daily basis. I buy pints of grape tomatoes on a weekly basis. All of a sudden when the pressure is on–my mind went blank. So I pondered over the recipe development offer for a few days until I came up with a few ideas, and then I officially committed to the project. Let’s get real here, people. We all go through recipe block–very similar to writers block.

I chose to create a recipe with the bite-size Cherry Berries. These sweet tomatoes burst with flavors and are grown fresh year-round. As Lipman writes on their website “Our farmers agree – this is the sweetest, most irresistible tomato Lipman has ever introduced.

The first idea that came to mind… candying Cherry Berries. Why can’t I candy a tomato? Small tomatoes like the grape variety, can be sweet and full of flavor. Adding just over a tablespoon and a half of sugar brings out those sweet flavors even more.

At first I thought about a long drawn out process to candy these gems. Slow roasting for a few hours; tomatoes mixed in a sugar mixture. That’s when it occured to me that people want quick and easy; packed full of flavor. When I’m entertaining I don’t want an appetizer that will take me hours to cook for a simple before dinner snack. That’s when the Candied Smoked Paprika Cherry Berries was created. This sweet and savory appetizer is sure to have all of your guest begging for more and best of all your candied tomatoes are done in minutes! You can eat this appetizer warm or at room temperature and if you happen to have any leftover candied tomatoes leftover they are just as good the next day (refrigerated of course).

I hope you’ll visit the new Lipman Kitchen to check out my recipe and all the other bloggers who contributed recipes to the Lipman website.

Disclaimer: I was provided tomatoes and compensation for creating this recipe; however, all opinions are my own.


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16 Responses to “(Announcement) Candied Smoked Paprika Cherry Berries”

  1. danielle posted on May 7, 2012 at 8:21 am (#)

    What a fun assignment – heading over to check out the recipe this sounds delish!

    • Katie replied on May 7th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks! Very honored to be a part of this project!

  2. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious posted on May 7, 2012 at 9:26 am (#)

    I’m happy to see that I wasn’t the only one who had trouble coming up with a recipe idea. I’m the same way… I buy tomatoes all the time – but ask me to do something that puts them front and center and my brain went blank. I love the dish you can up with though – the flavors sound fabulous!

    • Katie replied on May 7th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      We all go through it–I think if we didn’t we would not be human!

  3. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven posted on May 7, 2012 at 9:37 am (#)

    Brilliant! Totally want to try candying some cherries now. This recipe sounds perfect for summer tomato season! 🙂

  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on May 7, 2012 at 10:35 am (#)

    Gorgeous bruschetta! I could go for one of these. Candying Cherry Berries is right up alley.

  5. Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) posted on May 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm (#)

    Yum! I love sweet tomatoes 🙂 I saw in Rachel Ray last Halloween they had candy-apple-inspired tomatoes and I’ve been thinking about trying a sweet tomato recipe ever since. You did wonderfully here!

    • Katie replied on May 7th, 2012 at 3:59 pm


  6. Joanne posted on May 8, 2012 at 8:28 am (#)

    Candied tomatoes would not last long in my kitchen! They sound amazing! I’d definitely be eating them straight from the bowl.

  7. Ricardo (The Beer Guerrilla) posted on May 8, 2012 at 9:43 am (#)

    Looks delish! I totally guessed which picture was yours!

    • Katie replied on May 8th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      You know my food photography and style too well!

  8. Carrie's Experimental Kitchen posted on May 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm (#)

    They look gorgeous Katie and I bet tasted even better! Can’t wait to try these.

    • Katie replied on May 9th, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Thanks Carrie! You must try this appetizer out the next time your entertaining!

  9. Lipman posted on May 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm (#)

    This recipe is amazing and so are the beautiful photos. Thanks again for creating this.

    • Katie replied on May 13th, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Thank you for the amazing opportunity! I’m glad you love the recipe!


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