Simple Piped Crudites

Vegetables with flavored cream cheese piped on top make an elegant alternative to plain crudites. Apply with a variety of pastry tips. A freezer bag will work as well as a pastry bag for piping.

  • Servings: 12

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 1999

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch celery
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 dozen snow peas
  • 3 medium radishes
  • 1 seedless cucumber, peel on
  • 3 heads endive
  • 18 baby carrots, halved lengthwise
  • 1 medium daikon, peeled and sliced crosswise, 1/4 inch thick
  • 3 cups Flavored Cream Cheeses
  • Chives, for garnish
  • Mint leaves, for garnish

Directions

  1. Separate celery stalks, and wash thoroughly. Using a vegetable peeler, peel away any tough, stringy fibers from the outside of each stalk. Cut each stalk into 4-inch-long pieces; set aside.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt. Snip the tips off each pea pod, and place in boiling water. Blanch for 15 seconds. Drain, and immediately rinse under cold water.

  3. Slice radishes into 1/8-inch-thick rounds; set aside. Working with a channel knife, cut about 6 parallel, evenly spaced grooves down the length of the cucumber. Slice cucumber crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds; set aside. Using the channel knife, slice about 8 parallel evenly spaced grooves down length of daikon. Slice into 1/4-inch rounds and set aside.

  4. Slice the carrots in half lengthwise and set aside. Just before piping, separate endive, and trim ends.

  5. Arrange vegetables on large platters. Spoon the cream cheese into a pastry bag fitted with a pastry tip or a freezer bag with the corner snipped off. Pipe cream cheese onto each vegetable. Garnish with chives and mint leaves.

Cook's Notes

Use a channel knife to make flower-shaped vegetables. It is available in most kitchenware stores.

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