Crudité Platter Tips and Tricks

The holidays are a time for gatherings of family, friends, and lots of comfort food! A crudité platter will keep things on the lighter side before dinner while also still being totally satisfying and delicious. Also if you choose to make the dips for your platter cannabis infused, holiday dinner is going to taste a lot better!

A crudité platter is a traditional French appetizer consisting of sliced or whole raw vegetables which are typically dipped in a vinaigrette or other dipping sauce. These platters are fun to shop for and assemble either at the farmer’s market or in the produce section of the grocery store. I generally recommend  picking up the veggies that look the best and trying to get a variety of colors on the platter. I also recommend that you try to buy the veggies as close as possible to the date that you plan to serve it so that everything stays as fresh and crisp as possible. A great crudité platter is made up a few key components:

Vegetables

Try to get a good variety of at least 4 different kinds. Some traditional favorites are:

  • sweet peppers
  • cucumbers
  • carrots (bonus points for purple carrots)
  • snap or snow peas
  • celery,
  • cherry or grape tomatoes
  • endive or raddichio
  • asparagus (blanched)
  • green beans (blanched)

You can also get creative by including some vegetables which have been picked or cooked in some way!

  • pickled green beans
  • grilled zucchini spears
  • tempura fried veggies such as  carrots or green beans
  • fried green tomatoes
  • grilled or pickled artichokes
  • fried zucchini blossoms

Dips

Dip is key to the whole crudité experience! I have included recipes here for two of my favorites – A spicy chili cashew dip, and a creamy herb dip to balance the heat! Some other ideas are:

  • hummus
  • babaganoush
  • tzatziki
  • pesto
  • green goddess
  • aioli (garlic, lemon, etc.)
  • homemade ranch or blue cheese dressing

Bonus items

Sometimes it feels right to make your crudité platter feel a little more substantial. When that feeling strikes you can include some of these delicious add ons

  • olives
  • roasted or seasoned nuts
  • cheeses
  • cured meats (dry salami, prosciutto, etc.)
  • crostini, pita chips or similar
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Chili Cashew Dip

Course: Appetizer
Prep Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients

  • 3.5 oz Chilis in Adobo Sauce (half a 7 oz can)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt or sea salt
  • 3-5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor except for olive oil. Process on high speed until uniform. 

  2. Slowly add in olive oil until dip reaches desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. 

  3. Top with chopped cashews and herbs and a drizzle of olive oil. 

Recipe Notes

Make this recipe cannabis infused:

  • This recipe calls for 3-5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Simply replace some of this oil with your desired amount of cannabis infused olive oil. 
  • Of course I recommend you use my High Class Olive Oil, but other infused oils will also do the trick! 
  • Be sure to mix the oil very thoroughly into the dip! Measure your total dip yield. It should be about 1 cup - or 16 tablespoons. Divide the total amount of THC and CBD added by the number of tablespoons to determine the potency of you dip! 
  • To determine how much cannabis infused you should use, check out this article on dose and potency.
  • Be sure to label all cannabis infused foods with potency  - especially at parties! 

 

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Creamy Herb Dip

Course: Appetizer
Prep Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients

  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 cup mayonnasie
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 2-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill minced

Instructions

  1. Using a hand mixer, blend together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, and  lemon zest until smooth and well combined. 

  2. Mix in olive oil one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. 

  3. Stir in chopped herbs using a spoon. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Garnish with a sprig of parsley or dill! 

Recipe Notes

Make this recipe cannabis infused:

  • This recipe calls for 2-4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Simply replace some of this oil with your desired amount of cannabis infused olive oil. 
  • Of course I recommend you use my High Class Olive Oil, but other infused oils will also do the trick! 
  • Be sure to mix the oil very thoroughly into the dip! Measure your total dip yield. It should be about 1 cup - or 16 tablespoons. Divide the total amount of THC and CBD added by the number of tablespoons to determine the potency of you dip! 
  • To determine how much cannabis infused you should use, check out this article on dose and potency.
  • Be sure to label all cannabis infused foods with potency  - especially at parties! 

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