Holiday Wreath with Versatility

We’ve all seen this wreath floating around the internet. It’s pretty and fairly popular at Christmas Time. But have you ever consider serving it for Thanksgiving? The wreath actually lends itself nicely to the change. Depending upon the vegetables used, the wreath can compliment the colors of the season. At Thanksgiving, I like to use yellow or orange bell peppers (or combination of both) with brown or white mushrooms to convey “Harvest” colors. At Christmas time, I use red bell pepper with white mushrooms for season’s colors. It doesn’t matter what you use for the vegetables, any combination of chopped FRESH vegetables – get creative – mix things up. This veggie platter is a Holiday hit with adults and children alike.

To dress up the empty center of the ring, place a bowl of black or green olives, baby carrots or cherry tomatoes in a bed of parsley. Another option is to place a large (unlit) candle in the middle for “show”. If space is an issue, place a smaller plate of appetizers in the center, allowing the serving platter to serve a dual purpose.

 

Vegetable Wreath
2 Cans Refrigerated Crescent Rolls (8 oz each)
1 Package Cream Cheese, softened (8 oz)
½ Cup Sour Cream
1 ½ Teaspoon Dill Weed
¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 ½ Cups Fresh Broccoli Florets, chopped
1 Cup Celery, finely chopped
½ Cup Carrots, finely Chopped
½ Cup Bell Pepper Finely Chopped (Color to go with the season)
½ Cup Mushrooms Finely Chopped (Color to go with the season)
2 Green onions, chopped
1 Bell Pepper for bow, optional (Color to go with the season)
Preheat oven to 375-degrees.

Remove crescent dough from packages without unrolling. Slice each tube into eight slices. Arrange slices in a circle on an ungreased pizza pan, about 11-inches round.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes on pan. CAREFULLY transfer to a serving platter; cool completely.

In a food processor, blend cream cheese, sour cream, dill and garlic powder until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings – more dill or garlic according to personal tastes and desires. Spread cheese mixture over wreath; top with chopped vegetables.

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