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