Vegetables CAN be fun! A simple untraditional arrangement converts a platter of vegetables from a 'should eat' to a fun eat when they look like a witch! And you can dip them in her mouth.
This recipe can be adjusted for any size platter or gathering. The version shown and detailed in the ingredients feeds a crowd. For scale it is on a 26-inch by 18-inch tray. Feel free to modify based on your needs.
2medium Zucchini squash, spiralized (no peeling required) (reserve two of the zucchini ends for the witches eyes, cutting the circular piece of squash from the spiralizer hole flush with the end piece; refer to photos)
2medium-large Carrots, peeled and spiralized
1head of Cauliflower, broken into florets and sliced flat on the back side so they lay flat
2stems of Broccoli, broken/cut into florets and sliced on the back side so they lay flat
1Green Olive stuffed with a Pimento, sliced in half horizontally
1carton of Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
3medium Carrots(unique color if available; I used Dragon Carrots); peeled and sliced into quarters vertically
8Baby Carrots, sliced in half vertically
2-3medium Celery Stalks, trimmed, sliced vertically into thirds and into 3 inch lengths
1medium-large Red Pepper, slice in half horizontally, inside membrane and seeds removed (note: this will be the mouth/dressing container so select a pepper that sits flat without rocking)
Dressing of choice(I recommend Ghoulish Green Goddess Dressing)
Mix the spiralized zucchini and carrot together and make an upside down U on your serving platter. This will frame the witches face, and determine space for her hat and collar.
Place the two zucchini rounds in the spot for eyes on the witches face. Add half of the olive to the zucchini round for the iris and pupil. Add the red pepper mouth where it would go on the witches’ face.
Begin to place pieces of cauliflower for the witches’ bumpy skin, interspersing with broccoli for warts, like making a cruciferous mosaic to fill in the face around the eyes and mouth to the hairline.
Place 1 snap pea on the cauliflower for a nose.
To make the Witches’ Hat: Stack the long carrots next to each other and on top of each other to form a triangle with the lower edges touching the top of the hair. Layer the cut baby carrots underneath the hat on top of the hair to form a brim.
Underneath the witches’ face, line the tomatoes side by side as a necklace. Underneath the tomatoes place the celery sticks next to each other leaving a bit of space on with side to place the snap peas, fanning out.
When ready to serve, fill the witches’ mouth with dressing!