We love a good party platter, don’t we? We’ve shared amazing Christmas vegetable trays and Christmas fruit platters, Easter veggie trays and spooky (and delicious) Halloween party eats. But what I’ve been wanting to make is a super easy pumpkin veggie tray.
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This pumpkin veggie tray comes together in a few minutes and requires and a handful of ingredients. Serve it with our favourite veggie dip and you’ve got a healthy Halloween party platter to share with friends and family.
Pumpkin Veggie Tray
baby carrots – 2lb bag or pre-peeled, pre-washed
1 mini cucumber
1 English cucumber
orange pepper – optional
12-inch glass plate/tray
The first step in pulling together this pumpkin vegetable tray is picking a round tray to build the pumpkin on. Any tray will do. We used a 12-inch round tray. This tray was a wedding gift, but I found a great option on Amazon. It works well if the tray has a short lip around the edge, but it’s not necessary.
Now that you have your round tray, let’s get to work building our pumpkin! Slice the baby carrots in half, lengthwise. Whenever I know that my veggie trays will be served to kids I like to slice the baby carrots in half. I’ve always been cautious of choking hazards, with kids. Cutting them in half also helps them sit nicely as you pile them onto the round platter. Stack them around until you have a few layers deep of baby carrots. Cut more carrots than will fit on your tray – these will be used to fill in the pumpkin as people eat. Place the leftover carrots in an air-tight container or resealable bag until you need to replenish the platter. This is also how I use the orange pepper. Slice it up and serve it on the side. Really any orange vegetable makes a good side veg to dip.
Okay, you have the pumpkin head, let’s add some personality. I used radishes for the eyes. Slice a disc of your radish…this will be the eyeball. Then cut another disc into a triangle…this will be the iris of the eye. Finish the eye by making the pupil. Cut a small circle of the radish skin for the iris. I love how these pumpkin eyes turned out. They add so much character to the pumpkin’s face. Wash and slice the remaining radishes and set them aside to be served alongside the pumpkin platter.
Next up, the pumpkin’s nose…a simple triangle of cucumber…how easy is that!? And, then the pumpkin’s smile. Slice the baby cucumbers into round slices. Pile them along the carrots to make whatever style of smile (or frown) you’d like.
The finishing touch is the pumpkin stem…a slice of mini-cucumber…sliced lengthwise…and tucked into the top of the carrot pumpkin. How cute is that little stem? The perfect final touch.
Now, as for the dip. You could serve this pumpkin shaped vegetable tray with our tried and true vegetable dip or, you could make a batch of our new family favourite – our dill pickle dip. I’m working on a fall dip at the moment and I hope to have it added to this post in the coming days…should be a good one.
This cute pumpkin vegetable tray is a total crowd pleaser, everyone loves carrots and dip and this tray kick that up a notch, for sure.
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Bake our fabulous pumpkin coffee cake
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