13 Ways to Use Edible Bowls

Tomatoes, eggplant, shredded cheese, and more can be used as edible serving dishes. Try one of these delicious new food ideas for you next dinner party.

By Meaghan Cameron
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    1. Peppers

    Stuffed peppers are the perfect vehicle for all kinds of meats, chilis, and grain salads. In this recipe, linguine is the star: Cheese Baked Peppers Stuffed with Linguine recipe. Plus, see more unique stuffed pepper recipes.

    2. Eggplant

    Stuffed eggplant softens deliciously; it's almost a sin to not eat the skin along with a cheesy filling. Try this Vegetable-Stuffed Eggplant recipe as a delicious side dish or a vegetarian main dish alternative.

    3. Pumpkins

    Whatever baby pumpkins are filled with—soup, salad, or even crème brûlée—the thin skin of smaller ones will soften enough to be devoured. Try Baby Pumpkins Stuffed With Coconut Vegetables.

    4. Tomatoes

    All tomatoes can be stuffed, but these little cherry tomatoes are perfect for bite-sized appetizers. Get the Cherry Tomatoes Filled with Creamy Pesto Cheese recipe.

    Endive

    The shape of this crisp vegetable resembles an open spoon. Take advantage of nature's styling and fill with a delicious filling, as in this Blue Cheese Stuffed Endive recipe.

    6. Bacon

    We don't think we have to explain why using bacon as a cup for eggs is a delicious idea in the Bacon and Egg Bundles recipe. Also, check out more ways to use bacon in all of your meals—even dessert.

    7. Mushrooms

    Portobello and button mushrooms are begging to be stuffed with all sorts of meats and veggies. Try the Vegetable Stuffed Mushrooms recipe for your next party.

    8. Onions

    Onions caramelize with heat and seep fragrant juice into the stuffing of this Overstuffed Onions recipe.

    9. Puff Pastry

    With refrigerated puff pastry you can create fabulous appetizers that can be enjoyed in one bite. Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Pockets will disappear—have the recipe printed and ready to share.

    10. Phyllo

    The shattering crispness of phyllo adds a perfect textural counterpoint in elegant desserts, as in this Fresh Pumpkin Tartlets recipe.

    11. Parmesan Bowls

    Shredded Parmesan cheese can be baked into a bowl shape and used for everything from appetizers to dazzling main dish salads. This simple appetizer recipe will wow your guests. Try the Roasted Cherry Tomatoes in Parmesan Cups recipe. Also, try tossing a Caesar salad into these crisp bowls.

    12. Bread Bowls

    Soup, salad, and dips can be served in large bread bowls. We also like these croustades as a crunchy base for your appetizers: Caramelized Onion Tartlets Tapas.

    13. Potatoes

    Fill baked potatoes of all sizes with tasty sautéed vegetables, cheese, and more. Potato Skins with Smoked Salmon and Fresh Dill Tapas are an elegant choice for brunch.

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