I’m just so fascinated by food that has been fashioned to look like something else and these beautiful Tulip Tomatoes are great recipe for parties, events, or just a fun activity that your kids who love being in the kitchen can try their hand at! They truly look like a beautiful bouquet of flowers! It would be really easy to line up an assembly line with a few friends to create a larger amount of food flowers.
Yields: 15 tulips
Ready in 30 minutes
15 Large Cherry Tomatoes
16 stalks of chives
8 oz. cream cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper
1. With stem side down, cut a cross in the top of each cherry tomato (about 3⁄4 down the tomato).
2. Using a spoon (grapefruit spoon works very well) to gently scrape out the tomato seeds.
3. Take a grilling skewer or toothpick and make a hole where the stem currently is. You may need to twist the skewer in a circle a few times to make room for the chive to fit through.
4. Finely chop or grate cucumber.
5. Mix cream cheese, cucumber and basil in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
6. Add a teaspoon of cream cheese mixture into each tomato tulip (adjust depending on size of tomatoes).
7. Insert a chive into the hole at the bottom of each tomato.
8. Use a damp paper towel to clean any excess cream cheese filling from outside of tomatoes.
9. Prepare the tulip bouquet on a large plate or platter. Use the extra chive stalk to wrap around the tulip stems to complete the bouquet.
Isn’t this gorgeous? It’s a fun decorative recipe that’s sure to be the talk of your party or event! It definitely puts a creative spin on an Easter or Mother’s Day meal!