How To Make A Fancy Crudite Platter for Your Holiday Party
A crudite platter done right is a work of art. It’s one of our favorite ways to display the season’s harvest, and surprise our guests with the gems we found at our local farmer’s market or specialty store. Plus, it’s our secret weapon for holiday hosting – it’s light, it doesn’t require any coveted oven time, and it has the potential to be really impressive without very much work.
But without some advanced planning, the crudite platter can look like a sad grocery store veggie tray. So this holiday season, we’re advocating to apply the fancy cheese plate mentality to the crudite platter, and make it your cocktail hour show-stopper!
Read on for the crudite cheat sheet that will help you create holiday hors d’oeuvres that may just steal some of the (Instagram) spotlight from the main event!
Holiday Crudite Platter Cheat Sheet
When you’re buying your veggies and fruits, think not just about having a diversity of flavor but having a diversity of color on your board
Put contrasting colors side by side.
Use unusual veg and fruit!
Try jicama, blood oranges, or heirloom anything
Blanche or even cook some of the vegetables!
Blanche Broccoli, cauliflower, or snap peas
Roast cherry tomatoes on the vine
Keep the greens on for an extra pop of color
Try carrots and radishes for contrast
Cut things in interesting/ delicious ways
Don’t keep broccoli or carrots too large
Peel and then slice oranges into wheels
Add height with various sized bowls and platters
Check your pantry for some add ons:
Try nuts, dried fruits, honey, olives, jared bell peppers, cornichons
Arrange it on a wooden cutting board or platter – everything looks good on a wood
Garnish with beautiful things
Use herbs, edible flowers or pretty greens to garnish the platter