Along with milk and eggs, cherry tomatoes have a permanent spot on my shoppig list. For one, my kid eats them by the fistful. For two, I snack on them constantly while I cook. And for three, they act as a secret weapon when a dish needs a little extra color or flavor boost — because, in case you didn’t know, tomatoes are bursting with natural umami.
But as these juicy globes (as well as summertime gatherings) come into peak season, cherry tomatoes have also become my go-to for last-minute parties and appetizers. And hopefully, after you try these non-crudité treats, you'll start putting cherry tomatoes on your permanent shopping list, too.