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Vegetable Christmas Tree

 Vegetable Christmas Tree
This veggie-decked Christmas tree is a real conversation starter and looks beautiful on a buffet table.—Carolyn Black, Port Ludlow, Washington
30 ServingsPrep: 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 5 round cake dummies in graduated sizes
  • 1 Styrofoam cone
  • Tacky glue
  • Cheesecloth
  • Green food coloring
  • Kale
  • Toothpicks
  • Veggie trims: radishes, carrots, peppers, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, baby corn, black olives and clementines
  • GARLAND AND DECORATIONS:
  • Daikon radishes
  • Turnips
  • Green, sweet red and yellow pepper rings

Directions

  • Stack cake dummies (found in cake decorating stores or at
  • www.cookscakeandcandy.com—search “Styrofoam dummy rounds”). Cut
  • Styrofoam cone to about 4 in. high; glue on top of small cake dummy.
  • Glue remaining cake dummies together. Wrap the form in cheesecloth
  • dyed with food coloring.
  • Attach kale leaves with toothpicks. Add veggie trims.
  • For daikon radish garland, use a vegetable peeler to create long,
  • thin ribbons from radishes. Drape around the tree, going under some

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Vegetable Christmas Tree (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • trims and over others, and tucking in the ends to hide.
  • For ornaments, cut turnips into 1/4-in.-thick rounds. Use cookie
  • cutters to make ornaments; attach with toothpicks.
  • Make a tree topper of interlinked pepper rings.