Christmas Tree Edible Centerpiece

"I used a mix of cauliflower from the gardenia mix, broccoli and boccoflower for a contrast of color. I quickly blanched the broccoli and broccoflower heads very quickly (just seconds) in salted boiling water and the chilled to brighten the color!You'll need Styrofoam cone and toothpicks. I also used a platter that has a center with with a dip basin which is not really needed."
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  • 4 lettuce leaves (optional)
  • 8 cups broccoli, & broccoflower heads blanched
  • 1 cup petite carrot
  • 4 -8 cups mixed vegetables, grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, mixed olives, Giardiniera (mixed pickled vegetables)
  • 1 slice carrot (cut in a star with a cookie cutter)


  • Place foam on platter.
  • Using toothpicks secure lettuce on foam just to cover.
  • 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.
  • Take the rest of the veggies cut into small pieces and fill in the empty spots and brighten up the tree. Using toothpicks only IF needed.
  • Mix the remaining carrots with the juice from the carrots, remaining vegetables with the juice from the gardenia mix and place around the base of the tree.
  • Top with the star.
  • Serve with a dip of choice.

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  1. This was a great hit at my christmas party, I got so many compliments on it! Thanks for the excellent idea! One suggestions is to for sure use the lettuce leaves , I was trying to save time and didn't use them but ended up regretting it because the foam could show through even in small cracks and it could take hours filling in all the little holes.
  2. I made this for a girls get together Christmas party. Everyone thought I was brilliant. Served it with cheese fondue and an asian dipping sauce (and all the other things folks brought). Very easy and a big bang for the buck. It really was beautiful and created a nice festive center piece. Thx. for posting!
  3. So cute! I have made this for our Christmas party the last two years and set it out with the appetizers - the first year people didn't know they could eat it until I came over and took a big chunk of broccoli from it. They were tentative to eat it at first because they didn't want to wreck all my "hard work", but by the end of the night there was nothing left, and we even had to fill in bare patches a couple of times. We serve it with a few different dips - hummus, ranch, salsa, etc. so that everyone is happy. A great healthy and festive recipe.
  4. Brilliant idea! My apartment immediately lightened up by having this edible Christmas tree. It's so festive! I am going to make it during holidays for sure! Thank you for posting!!!
  5. huge hit at my son's nursery school holiday show/party. i loved seeing the children eating veggies because they looked fun! thanks for the great idea.



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