Friday, November 14, 2014
Turkey Inspired Vegetable Platter
Yay! One of my family's favorite holidays is finally right around the corner. It just so happens to be Cory's birthday too. About every 7 years his birthday falls on Turkey Day.
Last year we went to a friends home and I was invited to bring a vegetable tray. I googled a few different versions of turkey themed trays and came up with this version which is similar to what I saw online.
I try to balance my colors so that there are an array of colors to work with to create the turkey's feathers and backside. Getting the face just right was a bit harder than I thought because I had to figure out how to cut the red pepper to make the gobbler. I used one black olive, cut in half, and two round carrot slices for the eyes. The beak is a cucumber cut into the shape of a triangle. The face is the bottom of a green bell pepper.
The leaf lettuce is not necessary but I do think it adds a brilliant ruffle around the edge of the tray. It gives this turkey his "ruffled feathers" if you like.
I served the tray with our favorite dressing: Parmesan Ranch. The recipe can be found here.
I don't believe a recipe is needed to successfully make this tray. Use your imagination, use your favorite veggies and make it as big or small as you like. This tray is HUGE. I made it for 30 people.
The ingredients I used in the picture below are: carrots, celery, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, black olives, cucumbers, green leaf lettuce and romanesco.
You could also use: red onions, green onions, broccoli, cauliflower, olives, mushrooms...I think you get the idea. Go and have fun creating your next turkey platter.
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Written by Sherron Watson