Turkey kru-dEE-tA with Yam-mus!

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In anticipation of Thanksgiving Day, diners will often skip breakfast so the tummy can save calories for the big meal. 

However unexpected delays (i.e. late arrivals, waiting for half-time, last minute oops, etc...) will make the wait seem like forever before the feast is finally(!) placed on the table.

To avoid guests from getting cranky, consider making a Vegetable Platter along with Garnet Yam Hummus to keep the famished from fainting.

Let's get started...

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Step 1: Harvest Veggies...

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...or purchase an attractive assortment.  While the number of vegetables will determine how large of a platter you will need, it is nice to have at least 5 contrasting colors to represent the turkey's back feathers.

Practically any raw vegetable can be used for this crudite platter, I cut the following readily available (and affordable) vegetables into 4-5" lengths:
  • 1/2 lb Green Beans
  • 2 Red Peppers (one of which has 3 rounded ends on the bottom.  Save the bottom 2" of this pepper to make the head)
  • 4-5 Celery stalks
  • 3-4 Carrots
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Yellow Squash
*While the photo shows green pepper, my 18" platter would not accomodate all the veggies, so the green peppers were not included in the final arrangement

For the yummy Hummus I gathered the following:
  • 3  medium Garnet Yams (cooked until soft in oven, boiling water or microwave)
  • 2 cups Chickpeas, drained
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • A pinch or two of Ground Cumin, Cayenne, Salt
  • Garlic to taste

Step 2: Prepare Hummus...

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...hmmm, did you know hummus is the Arabic word for chickpea? 

Another truth is that there is no single hummus recipe and the ingrediants are based on your tastebuds. 

Since I didn't want this dip to detract from the main event, I created a mild hummus based on the following:
  • Using a food processor, combine half the chickpeas with half of the softened yams
  • Add lemon juice and olive oil to thin it out
  • Add spices sparingly
  • Taste test
  • Repeat until you have the desired volume, flavor and texture
  • Puree further - optional (I wanted mine smooth)



scoochmaroo2 years ago
So fun! What a great display.
kcli (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago