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Old 07-30-2005, 08:21 PM   #1
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raw vegetable and dip platter, suggestions?

what do you put on your raw veggie platter?
im doing a raw vegetable platter for a friends wedding in a few weeks and i am trying to make it more interesting than the old standard carrots and celery and onion dip. so far on my veggies list:

a few heirloom varieties of carrots
red and green and yellow peppers
broccoli and cauliflower florettes
cherry tomatoes, red and yellow
blanched asparagus
sugar snap peas
zucchini spears

i am going to decorate the platter with fresh parsley and dill. am i missing anything? what veggies do you like to dip?


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Old 07-30-2005, 08:28 PM   #2
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I like sliced fresh mushrooms, and red and yellow bell pepper strips.

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Old 07-30-2005, 08:31 PM   #3
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ooh, i forgot mushrooms! good one, maybe i can find a couple of different kinds to liven things up. i have always thought that mushrooms are cute, too.
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Old 07-30-2005, 08:32 PM   #4
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don't forget the pickles !
oh and olives !
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Old 07-30-2005, 09:30 PM   #5
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endive makes a fine dipping spear and is crip and fresh.

for dips try a chipotle pepper mayo/sour cream mix. also creamy caesar thinned with red wine vinegar then add chunks of feta...delish

a mix of tart and sweet apple slices and a cheddar cheese dip or port wine cheese dip with crushed walnuts. yum!
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Old 07-30-2005, 09:36 PM   #6
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I hope I can describe this so it makes sense. I stacked some boxes and made different platforms so when I draped a while tablecloth over them there were different tiers that cascased down. It wasn't really tall, kind of like stairs that are a pain to walk up and down because the riser is so short. I put in the top box a hollowed out cabbage with HUGE leaves still attached. From there I started cascading different vegetables out from under the cabbage leaves, as if they were spilling off the top tier - I would keep them all in a line but the line could be winding and then cutting across another line. You just have to be sure all the veggies are dry or the tablecloth will start looking wet.

I used:

red pepper
green pepper
cherry tomatoes
carrot sticks
broccoli stems (peeled and cut in sticks)

I can't remember what else but there was a big variety. As far as a dip there are so many. I think way back then I used the Knor's Leek soup mix with sour cream and I added some curry. But veggie dips have come a long way since them!!! lol

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Old 07-30-2005, 11:42 PM   #7
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Try a few shallots - the things that look a bit like chives, only fatter! Green onions? Scallions?

Or julienned raw beetroot. Nicer than you'd think.
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Old 07-31-2005, 12:02 AM   #8
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Don't forget the green onions or cucumber. Here are some of my favorite veggie dips.

Italian Vegetable Dip

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 envelope Italian salad dressing
¼ cup finely diced green bell pepper
¼ cup finely diced red bell pepper

Mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, and salad dressing mix. Stir in red and green bell peppers. Refrigerate. Serve with bread sticks, vegetables, and crackers.

Tuscan Dip

1 - 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp. sour cream
1/2 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped black olives
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

Mix cream cheese and sour cream in a medium bowl until well blended. Add tomatoes, olives, and onion. Mix well. Serve with crackers or vegetables.

Fresh Herb Dip

1 cup mayonnaise
1 container (8 oz.) plain yogurt
2 tbsp. chopped chives

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate for a couple of hours to combine flavors.
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Old 07-31-2005, 09:18 AM   #9
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Sierra, that Tuscan dip sounds great! I bet it's wonderful spread on little toasted baguette slices too!
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Old 07-31-2005, 10:03 AM   #10
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Soak your jicama in some lemon water - they do tend to turn brown after sitting a while.

ALso, think about serving in different ways; use vegetable 'cups' when you can (hollowed out cabbage filled with cherry tomatoes, for example), or putting the 'tall veggies' in different size glasses to add height to your display. You can also use kale as a 'bed' for your veggies; makes a pretty background.

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