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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Christmas Tree Vegetable Platter
A pretty and healthy appetizer for Christmas. Add other veggies, if desired. Use this dip, or your favorite. Merry Christmas!!!
A broccoli and tomato "tree" with pretzel "trunk" and cauliflower "snow" are delicious dippers for a cool and creamy dip.
Prep Time 25Minutes
Total Time 1:25Hr:Mins
Creamy Herb Dip
cup sour cream or crème fraîche
cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
small clove garlic, finely chopped
cups fresh broccoli florets
yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
cups fresh cauliflower florets
oz (about 40) pretzel sticks (from 15-oz bag)
In small bowl, stir together dip ingredients. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors.
Rinse and thoroughly dry vegetables. Trim broccoli and cauliflower floret stems.
Arrange broccoli on serving platter to form tree shape and tomatoes to form garland. Arrange bell pepper to form star and cauliflower to form snow (see photo). If desired, cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours.
Just before serving, arrange pretzels at bottom of tree to form trunk. Serve with dip.
Makes 8 servings (about 1 1/2 tablespoons dip and 1/2 cup vegetables each)