Haunted Forest Platter

Recipe by Annacia
YIELD: 1 forest


  • 3
    stalks broccoli
  • 3
    medium beets
  • wood toothpick
  • assorted fresh vegetable (such as cherry tomato, pea pods, kohlrabies, radishes, sweet red peppers, sweet yellow peppers, and)
  • 1
    ounce spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • liquid green food coloring


  • To make a haunted forest, first create trees.
  • Cut bottoms from stalks of broccoli to make 6-inch broccoli trees.
  • Slice beets about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick to make a base for broccoli trees.
  • Break wood toothpicks in half.
  • Insert three to four toothpick pieces into bottom of each broccoli stalk and then insert into a beet slice.
  • Stand broccoli upright.
  • Cover to keep moist.
  • To make egg ghosts, use a small knife or 1/2-inch aspic cutters to hollow out eyes and mouths to form a face.
  • Cut small pieces of ripe olive to press into hollowed-out areas for eyes or mouth, if desired.
  • Cover to keep moist.
  • Using your imagination, create creepy creatures with tomatoes, sweet peppers, pickles, olives, and radishes.
  • Place broccoli trees on serving platter. Cover surface of platter with shredded carrot.
  • Hide egg ghosts in forest along with creepy creatures.
  • Scatter piles of vegetables such as pea pods, beet slices, kohlrabi slices, olives, pickles, and/or any other desired vegetables.
  • Add strips of red pepper to the broccoli branches.
  • To make moss, add a few drops of green food coloring to a small amount of water in a medium bowl.
  • Add cooked spaghetti and let stand about 5 minutes.
  • Drain and place over broccoli trees.
  • Keep platter covered until serving time.
  • If necessary, spritz platter with water to keep it moist.