With all the rich and sweet food served on Thanksgiving, I love setting a huge platter of vegetables out early in the day for kids (and you know, adult guests) to snack on.
We’ve been shaping the whole thing like a Turkey every year, and every year, the kids squeal.
That’s a pretty easy win.
What you need to make a veggie platter shaped like a turkey
- A round clear tray is ideal but any round tray will work. (I got a couple of these at a Dollar Store after my nice trays kept going missing when I’d send treats for bake sales at school. Perfect!)
- A small round bowl, again, ideally clear but anything could work.
- Veggies: the real trick is finding things you can cut into long shapes. We used a combination of bell peppers, asparagus and baby carrots. Then a pile of cucumbers.
- Tip: Try to find a bell pepper with 3 lobes instead of 4 to make the turkey’s face.
- 2 mini chocolate chips (or candy eyeballs)
How to make a veggie platter shaped like a turkey
- Slice your veggies into long strips.
- Fill your dip bowl and place near the base of your platter. Tip: I like to use plain Greek yogurt with a big dollop of Ranch dressing for a healthier version of everyone’s favorite dip.
- Start with the “feathers” on the outside layer. Add a second layer on top and so on until you have a pile of cucumbers nestled next to the dip bowl.
- To make the turkey “body”: Cut the very end of a bell pepper and place at the top of your dip bowl. Cut two baby carrots to make the beak and legs. Add mini chocolate chips for eyes.
Tip: The feathers can be arranged ahead of time and stored covered in the fridge. Assemble the turkey body and face once you’ve put the platter in place.