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Tulip Tomatoes

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  • 15 Large Cherry Tomatoes
  • 16 stalks of chives
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper


  • With stem side down, cut a cross in the top of each cherry tomato (about ¾ down the tomato).
  • Using a spoon (a grapefruit spoon works very well) to scrape out the tomato seeds gently.
  • 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.
  • Finely chop or grate cucumber.
  • Mix cream cheese, cucumber and basil in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add a teaspoon of cream cheese mixture into each tomato tulip (adjust depending on the size of tomatoes).
  • Insert a chive into the hole at the bottom of each tomato.
  • Use a damp paper towel to clean any excess cream cheese filling from outside of tomatoes.
  • 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.