tomato and cream cheese tulips

These delightful spring bites are sure to be an instant family favorite.

The Hotel Saugatuck in Saugatuck, Michigan, has a special recipe they offer each year to coincide with a nearby tulip festival and they are a perfect appetizer for every spring gathering, especially Mother’s Day.

The “flowers” only take a few minutes to whip up and there is plenty of room for improvisation for additional flavors and herbs in the filling.

The Hotel Saugatuck's Tomato Cream Cheese Tulips

Tomato TulipsIngredients

  • 1-pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese
  • 2 bunches green onion
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 10 chives
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • pinch kosher salt


1. Cut off the roots and ends of the green onion

2. Let cream cheese sit out for 1/2 hour to get to room temperature. Then chop chives and garlic together using an electric mixer. Next whip the cream cheese, chives, garlic, and salt until blended evenly. Add lemon juice and blend into mixture.

3. Using a skewer, poke a hole in the stem side of each tomato. Keeping the stem side down, make a cross (2 slices) 1/2 way down the tomato using a small spoon (or the tip of an old fruit peeler) scoop out the seeds from the inside of tomato.

4. Take a pastry bag and tip, fill the cut side of the tomato with cream cheese, and insert the green onion into the hole at the stem end of the tomato.

About The Hotel Saugatuck

The Hotel Saugatuck is an 18-room luxury bed and breakfast with stunning views of Lake Kalamazoo, offering modern amenities, mere blocks from the vintage reminiscent small-town of Saugatuck, Michigan, and minutes from Douglas. Built in 1865, The Hotel Saugatuck, formerly the Twin Gables Inn, is the only original mill in the area still standing from the busy lumbering era. It is now comprised of a dozen rooms in the historic hotel and three duplex cottages, each with two guest rooms. All rooms feature king sized beds, private bathrooms, Jason Hydrotherapy Tubs with Micro-silk Technology, in-room breakfast, in-room dessert, fireplaces, and individual climate control. Privacy and individual attention define The Hotel Saugatuck experience.

Repurposed for 2022 – Original post 2017

2 thoughts on “tomato and cream cheese tulips

  1. Hi Karie! Did you mean for this post to come across with the title 15994?

    On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 1:51 PM, Your Home with Karie Engels wrote:

    > Karie Engels posted: “Surprise Mom with “Edible Flowers” this year. The > Hotel Saugatuck in Saugatuck, Michigan, has a special recipe they’re > offering guests this May to coincide with a nearby tulip festival. Although > these beauties are for spring flower festivities, Mom would ” >

    1. Hi Sarah! The first one did, because I hit “publish” before adding the title. I watched it “swoosh” away before I could catch it. :) I immediately went in and fixed it, but not before the first set went out.

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