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Monster Vegetable Tray
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Whether you're watching Monsters Inc., throwing a monster-themed party, or just in the mood for some spooky healthy treats, this monster veggie tray is exactly what you need!
31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN
This monster veggie tray is a part of my 31 Days of Halloween. For each day in October, I come up with a cocktail recipe and snack recipe that perfectly matches a scary movie, Halloween movie, or a fun spooky activity. Check it out for all of your Halloween snack and drinking desires!
ADORABLE, HEALTHY, & FUN
You've probably guessed by now that this recipe was inspired by Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc! I love that movie so I just knew I had to include it in my Halloween festivities. I had this veggie tray in my head for awhile now, and I think it turned out just as I had envisioned. That doesn't always happen so it was a good day indeed! This vegetable tray mostly consists of broccoli. It also includes some cauliflower, black olives, and lettuce. Oh! And of course there's veggie dip.
MONSTER VEGETABLE TRAY INGREDIENTS
• Lettuce: While not totally necessary, I highly recommend especially if your platter is not green. The lettuce on the bottom covers any holes the broccoli may in-between.
• Broccoli: The broccoli is Mike Wazowski's body so if you have a big platter, you may need multiple heads of broccoli.
• Cauliflower: The 'teeth' of Mike. You won't need much cauliflower so I recommend putting the leftover cauliflower in a bowl next to the veggie tray.
• Veggie dip: What's a veggie tray without dip!? I recommend a Ranch dip of some sort.
• Black olives: Cut-up black olives will make the pupil of the eye and the back of the mouth.
• Green bell pepper: For the monster's horns at the top.
HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER VEGETABLE TRAY
The amount of ingredients you need depends on how big your platter is. For my 13" platter, I needed about 8 big leaves of lettuce, 3-4 heads of broccoli, a couple florets of cauliflower, 8 ounces of veggie dip, a 2.25 ounce can of sliced black olives, and a slice of green bell pepper.
Lay the lettuce leaves on the platter so that the entire bottom of the platter is covered.
Now place your bowl of veggie dip towards the top of the platter. This bowl of dip will be the monster's eye. For the 13" platter, a bowl with a diameter of 5" worked perfectly for the eye.
Now you'll want to cut off the stems of the broccoli florets. Arrange the broccoli around the bowl of dip so the entire platter is covered except for an area which will be the mouth.
Break the tops of the cauliflower florets into small pieces and arrange them in the space left for the mouth so they look like top and bottom teeth.
Take sliced olives and place them in a pile in center of the veggie dip and inside the mouth (in-between the cauliflower teeth). Lastly, place two small green bell pepper slices at the top of the monster for his horns.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH MONSTER VEGGIE TRAY
• The extra veggies!; I definitely recommend putting the extra veggies you have leftover in bowls and arranging them around the monster veggie tray.
• Blue Monster Cocktail; To stay with the Monsters Inc. theme, try this blue monster cocktail made with lemonade, silver rum, blue curacao, and grenadine!
MONSTER VEGETABLE TRAY QUESTIONS
Do I have to put lettuce on the bottom? No, but I recommend it for the best look. The broccoli doesn't cover the bottom of the platter completely so to keep the whole platter green, I put lettuce underneath the broccoli. What dip should I use? Any white dip that you like! I used sour cream mixed with Ranch seasonings. You could also opt for a ranch dressing. Try out my homemade ranch dressing recipe!
For this recipe:
Monster Vegetable Tray
By Laura Bullock | Laura The Gastronaut
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 1 13" veggie tray
Amounts will vary based on platter size. I used a 13" platter.
• 8 leaves of lettuce • 3-4 heads of broccoli, cut into florets & stems removed • 2-3 florets of cauliflower, broken into small pieces • 8 ounces veggie dip • 2.25 ounces sliced black olives • 1 slice of green bell pepper
See above for step-by-step pictures.
1. Lay the lettuce leaves on the platter so that the entire bottom of the platter is covered. 2. Now place your bowl of veggie dip towards the top of the platter. *For my 13" platter, I used a 5" bowl for the eye.* 3. Arrange the broccoli around the bowl of dip so the entire platter is covered except for an area which will be the mouth. 4. Arrange the cauliflower in the space for the mouth so they look like top and bottom teeth. 5. Take sliced olives and place them in a pile in center of the veggie dip and inside the mouth (in-between the cauliflower teeth). 6. Place two small green bell pepper slices at the top of the monster for his horns. 7. Serve this extra veggies in bowls alongside the veggie tray!
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Category: Appetizer, Halloween, Vegetarian Cuisine: American
Keywords: Halloween recipe, veggie tray, vegetable tray, Monsters Inc recipe
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