Around the holidays many of us are asked to bring food to holiday gatherings. Instead of bringing the usual chips and dip or Christmas cookies, how about a veggie Christmas tree with this Lemony White Bean Hummus! The 3-D appetizer piled high with veggies and surrounded by hummus will be a hit at the party and is fun to make with kids! Dr. Yum has created this for neighborhood Christmas parties, and it is the talk of the town.
Hummus can be made with a variety of different legumes and vegetables. This is a tasty version featuring cannellini, instead of the usual chickpeas. The recipe below is for the hummus itself, but here is how to make your tree creation:
WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR THE TREE
Floral foam cone (about 9 inches)
3-4 collard green or kale leaves, whole
3-4 broccoli crowns
Red, yellow or orange pepper
Pint of cherry tomatoes
Pint of miniature white button mushrooms
Bag of baby carrots
Remove stems from collard green leaves and wrap them around the floral cone to cover the surface. Secure with toothpicks and trim any excess. Now you are ready to start attaching broccoli branches. Cut broccoli into pieces with short stems. Break several toothpicks in half. Insert sharp end into the stem of one piece of broccoli and use the broken end to push it into the floral cone. Start attaching broccoli covering the top and working in rows until you reach the bottom. You can leave a few spaces here and there for the veggie “ornaments”. Use whole toothpicks to attach mushroom and cherry tomatoes as ornaments in the spaces created by the broccoli. Cut the baby carrots into two smaller halves and include those as well. Now that your ornaments are up, you can make the “garland” for the tree. Cut the top off of a pepper. Then with a small paring knife start at the top and cut one continuous 1/2 inch strip until you reach the bottom of the pepper. Don’t worry if the pepper garland breaks. You can fasten it together! Starting from the top take the pepper garland and fasten it at the top. Drape it from top to bottom, using about 5-7 toothpicks to fasten it in place between the branches. If your garland has broken, use toothpicks to fasten it onto the cone with the ends touching each other. You should be able to drape your garland 2-3 times around the tree. Now the star!! Take your star fruit and cut into large star shaped slices. Take the prettiest slice and attach it to the top of your tree with a toothpick. Place tree on a plate and spread your lemony hummus dip around it like snow!