Crudite Christmas Tree with Sour Cream and Chive Dip

A crudite platter is welcome at any party. Make your holiday gathering even more festive by constructing a fully decorated veggie Christmas[ tree.]

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
35 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Dip:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus 1 teaspoon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Crudite Tree:
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 large head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 small head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • One 2-inch piece English cucumber, plus half-moon slices for decoration
  • 1 orange or yellow bell pepper, cut into strips and star shapes with a small star cutter
  • Grape tomatoes, for serving
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • For the dip: Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, horseradish, lemon juice, lemon zest, granulated garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a generous grinding of black pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Process until well combined and smooth. Transfer the dip to a medium bowl and fold in the chives and parsley. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice water. Add the broccoli to the boiling water and blanch until bright green and crisp tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove with a strainer to the ice bath. Repeat with the cauliflower. Drain the vegetables well and pat them very dry.

  • To build the tree, make a triangle of broccoli florets in the center of a serving platter. Place the cucumber piece, skin side up, at the base of the tree as a stump and scatter the cauliflower on either side. Decorate the tree with tomatoes, cucumber slices and pepper strips and stars, leaving one star for the top.

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