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By Sharon Hearne Smith
This cute edible vegetable patch, has a delicious beetroot and feta dip as the earth with vegetable crudites ‘growing’ up out of it. This recipe is a fun way to get kids involved in cooking and in turn will likely encourage any fussy eaters to try new flavours and textures. Serve as a snack, for lunch or at parties. Choose any selection of crudites you fancy, such as baby carrots, fine green beans and/or asparagus spears, radishes, sticks of cucumber, celery, spring onions, baby corns, courgette or sweet pepper of any colour, cherry tomatoes, or small florets of broccoli or cauliflower. The beetroot pate is also delicious spread on crispbreads.
Preparation time: 15 minutes•
Cooking time: 0 minutes
Serves: 5 people
1. To make the dip, place the beetroot in a processor or blender and add the cream cheese, feta, honey and lemon zest. Blitz until smooth and season to taste. This can be made up to three days in advance and kept covered in the fridge.
2. Spoon onto a serving plate or wide, shallow bowl, spreading it evenly.
3. Arrange a selection of vegetable crudités in rows or sections sticking into the beetroot dip. This can be assembled up to one day ahead and kept covered in the fridge until ready to serve.
Alternatively, serve as individual portions in little glasses, glass jars or pots, sticking the veg out of the top.