Melissa's Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

These are great for a shower or coffee, or just as a light Spring or Summer side dish. It is important to cut off the bottom of the tomatoes to make them stand pretty on the plate. Cover your serving dish with lettuce and nestle the tomatoes in between the folds.

1 pt. cherry tomatoes 
1/2 of 8-oz pkg. cream cheese, softened 
11/2 to 2 T. whipping cream 
1 T chopped fresh chives 
1/8 t salt 
1/8 t white pepper 

Cut top off each tomato and scoop out pulp, leaving shells intact. Cut off bottom to level, if needed. Discard pulp. Invert tomato shells onto paper towels to drain. Combine cream cheese and remaining 4 ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed w/ electric mixer until creamy, adding enough whipping cream to make a slightly soft mixture. Spoon filling into tomato shells. Yield 11/2 dozen. 

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