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Crunchy Tomatoes an Easy and Pretty Appetizer

Do you need a go-to appetizer that is easy, quick and the final product is almost too beautiful to eat? This recipe for Crunchy Tomatoes from our foodie friend and chef Anne Challier is all of the above.

Un air de famille is the name of a culinary services company founded in 2009 by twin sisters Anne and Véronique (Vero) Challier. Anne completed her formal training at a hospitality school (culinary arts, hotel services) in Avignon before working on the practical side at a restaurant near St Remy de Provence.

This family-duo provides a variety of culinary services: chef-at-home (chef à domicile), catering (traiteur), cooking classes at their home in Nimes, market tours and wine tasting. Each experience is bespoke you work with Anne to finalise the menu and then just enjoy the meal as Vero takes care of your group.

Crunchy Tomatoes Appetizer

Crunchy Tomatoes

This quick appetizer has a sweet, crunchy finish. Pretty, colourful and fresh cherry tomatoes with a touch of cheese, your guests will love this taste of Provence.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 24 pieces


  • 24 Cherry Tomatoes washed
  • 500 gr (1 lb) Comté cheese or emmental cheese
  • 24 leaves Fresh Savory Leaves (herb from the mint family)
  • 1/2 cup Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 5 tbsp White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 24 Toothpicks


  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half
  • Cut the cheese into cubes
  • With a toothpick skewer a piece of cheese, a savory leaf (or piece of)and a tomato. Place on a plate and set aside, while you make the caramel.
  • Make the caramel in a pan over medium heat with sugar and water. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the liquid becomes yellow and thickens.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Dip the tomatoes in the caramel and then in the sesame seeds and serve.


Note: as shown if you are pressed for time you can leave the tomatoes whole.
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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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