Years ago when Caitlin was very young, her two older siblings decided to take advantage of her trust in them. Not ones to sup fizzy drinks very often, she had made the most of a treat by drinking a little lemonade shortly after she had drunk a little coke. Mercilessly, Ben and Stephanie convinced her that because she had done the unthinkable, she would soon explode. The only way to prevent such a heinous end to her young and precious life, they told her, would be if she ate a spoonful of mayonnaise – her least favourite food at the time.
Reluctantly, Cait ate her spoonful of mayonnaise and not only did it prove to be the antidote she needed as, as Ben and Steph stressed to point out, she did not explode, but she also realised that mayonnaise actually was quite nice to eat after all.
Heinz has now taken the quite niceness of mayo to another level, thanks to their newest addition to their quality range of products – Heinz [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise. As you might be able to tell from the title, this takes mayonnaise to another level entirely.
A [seriously] higher level, you could say.
So when I was challenged to create a mouthwatering recipe using Heinz [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise as part of a competition entry to win a meal for eight cooked by TV host and chef Sophie Michell (as well as £500 spending money to go towards making it even more of a fun evening). You’ve probably come across it with the hashtag #HeinzSeriouslyGood if you’re around on social media, and now you know what it’s all about.
I thought it would be no problem at all.
Except for one thing.
The mouthwatering morsel had to be small enough to fit on a spoon yet tasty enough to tantalise the tastebuds enough to be crowned the national winner come October.
Here is my entry…
Tomato Roses on Mayonnaise Crostini Canapés
Only a handful of ingredients were needed for these tasty canapés which are lovely to look at as well as tasty to eat…
Heinz [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise
Baby plum tomatoes
Sometimes recipes call for skinned tomatoes to be used. When this happens I normally score them and plunge them into boiling water before removing them and immediately plunging them into cold water. This enables their skins to slide off quickly and easily but sadly, doesn’t leave them very useful.
In order to waste not and want not, it pays to take a little time to create these gorgeous little tomato roses. Use a very sharp paring knife and, starting at the top of a firm tomato, start peeling the skin away very thinly in one very long strip, rather like trying to peel an apple without stopping. Once the skin has been peeled it can be rolled up loosely to create a pretty little rose! You’ll find medium sized tomatoes easier to handle but as this had to be quite a small dish I opted for using baby plum tomatoes instead.
Peeling the tomatoes is the fiddliest part of this but you will soon get the hang of it once you’ve done the first
Putting the rest of the canapés together is easy; add a teaspoon of Heinz [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise to each crostini and then place two watercress leaves upon it. Finally, gently place your tomato rose into the centre.
And yes, it sits beautifully upon a spoon not unlike Thumbelina sitting daintily on a lily pad, I like to think!
Wish me luck!
Fancy giving it a go yourself? The competition can be found over here but hurry, it closes to entries at 23.59pm on July 28th.
As always, please feel free to use or refer to our recipes but please do link back and credit us as the original source.