December 11, 2009

Edible Appetizer Centerpiece

This idea is courtesy of my friend Julie. She found this idea online, created it herself, and it was the hit of the party. It's an edible Christmas tree centerpiece made from broccoli, a foam craft cone and other raw veggies. It serves as a classic appetizer staple and a festive work of art!

Here's what you'll need:
-4 lettuce leaves
-8 cups broccoli, & broccoflower heads blanched
-1 cup petite carrots
-4-8 cups mixed vegetables, grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, mixed olives, peppers
-Foam cone found at any craftstore (at least 8 inches tall)
-Dip of choice

Here's what to do:
-Place foam on platter.
-Secure lettuce with toothpicks to cover foam.
-Starting with the largest broccoli and broccoflower heads. Place on foam starting at the base and work your way up securing with toothpicks.
-Push 1/2 the carrots randomly into the foam.
-Cut a handful of the veggies into small pieces and fill in the empty spots and brighten up the tree. Using toothpicks only if needed.
-Place the rest of the veggies around the base of the tree.
-Top the tree with a vegetable slice that has been cut into the shape of a star.
-Serve with a dip of choice.

Set your broccoli tree in the center of the other appetizer platters at your party. This festive centerpiece is sure to be a fantastic conversation piece!
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