Planning a special Thanksgiving celebration? We can't think of a more novel way to start the table talk-or serve the veggies-than with this incredible edible Mr. Turkey centerpiece! Subscriber Anita Johnson of Morrison, Colorado says, "Half the fun is putting this gobbler together. He's a traditional tasty guest at our Thanksgiving table now, but the first time I made him, folks found him simply too cute to eat!"
- 7 radishes
- 13 kale leaves, divided
- 1 medium head cabbage
- 1 medium carrot, peeled
- 2 raisins
- 2 pimiento strips (1-1/4 inches long)
- 1 small head red cabbage
- 12 cherry tomatoes
- 18 pimiento-stuffed olives
- 2 cans (6 ounces each) pitted ripe olives, drained
- Trim both ends of each radish. With a sharp knife, cut the radishes to make roses. Place in a bowl of ice water; refrigerate until radishes open, about 30 minutes.
- Line a serving platter with six kale leaves. Cut the bottom off the medium cabbage so it sits flat; place on platter for turkey body.
- From the carrot, cut a 3-1/2-in. piece and a 1-1/2-in. piece. (Discard remaining carrot or save for another use.) Make a diagonal cut at one end of each carrot piece.
- Make a V-shaped cut at the other end of the small piece to create a beak. Using toothpicks, attach the diagonal end of the larger carrot piece to turkey body for neck.
- For head, attach the diagonal end of the smaller carrot piece to neck. Using toothpicks, attach raisins for eyes and pimiento strips for the wattle.
- for tail, attach the remaining kale leaves on the back. remove eight leaves from the red cabbage and attach in front of the kale leaves. (Save the remaining cabbage for another use.) Attach the cherry tomatoes in front of the cabbage leaves.
- Attach stuffed olives for wings. Cover remaining body with ripe olives. Arrange radish roses on plate. Yield: 1 centerpiece.
Originally published as Veggie Turkey Centerpiece in Country Woman November/December 2004, p24
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