A veggie tray served up in the form of a train! Perfect for a baby shower, birthday, office party, or pretty much any event (including snack time at home).
A veggie tray train…tray(n). Get it? I tried.
This veggie platter doesn’t really require instructions or a recipe because if you just look at the picture, you kind of get the idea of what to do. Basically, just cut a few bell peppers, clean out the middles, put some cucumber wheels on them, and fill them with some other veggies. When you’re preparing the bell peppers, first find a side that it sits well on – you want a stable base. Then cut it lengthwise a quarter of the way down starting at the butt end (the side opposite the stem). When you’re almost at the stem, stop, and make a cut perpendicular to your first cut. If those instructions are confusing, just look at the photos, and hopefully it’ll make a little more sense.
I made a quick dip because what kind of veggie tray has no dip? I mixed one small container sour cream, one package ranch powder, some bacon bits and chopped green onion. I added a little black pepper and garlic powder for extra flavor.
One thing I will say about this veggie tray is that it is absolutely adorable, but bell peppers aren’t that big, meaning you can’t fit that many veggies in them. I ended up having an extra plate of prepared veggies on reserve. When one train was running low, I’d have to restock. It’s kind of annoying, but totally worth it because look how cute it is!
As with any veggie tray, feel free to use any kind of vegetables you want! Carrots, broccoli, celery, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and snap peas are all great options. All you need to do is wash them and cut them up into bite-sized and dip-able pieces (if they aren’t already).
I wish I could take credit for such an awesome idea, but I can’t- I saw it on Pinterest (duh). But seriously, it takes minimal effort, and it’s so darn cute. Any event you need to bring anything to, offer to bring a veggie tray, make this veggie tray(n), and somehow figure out how to match it to the theme! It’s also the perfect way to motivate the kiddos (and yourself) to eat more vegetables, which we’re all trying to be a little better at, especially with the new year and all.
So here’s to 2017 and trying to boost our health just a bit! Hugs & kisses and all my best wishes!
- 6 bell peppers
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- Assorted vegetables, cleaned and prepared* (see note)
- 8 oz sour cream
- 1 package ranch powder
- 1/4 cup bacon bits
- 3-4 stalks green onion, sliced.
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
- Prepare bell pepper carts (see photos above). Find a stable base of the bell pepper. Make one lengthwise incision at the end opposite the stem, starting about a quarter of the way down. Stop when you're about three quarters of the way to the stem. Make your second incision perpendicular to the first. Clean out the seeds.
- Slice your cucumber for wheels (about 1/2" thick). You'll need 24 total. Attach 4 to each bell pepper car using toothpicks.
- Wash and prepare all other vegetables, including remaining bell peppers and cucumbers. Fill train cars with vegetables** (see note).
- Make dip. Mix sour cream, ranch powder, bacon bits and green onion. Add garlic and black pepper to taste.
- *Some options are carrots, celery, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, snap peas. Anything you can pick up and dip easily is a good option.
- **Because the bell peppers can't fit that much, have an tray of all extra vegetables available to restock your train as necessary.