Beauty of a Fruit Platter

Posted on: January 28th, 2014 by
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It’s the week before the “Big Game!” Are you drooling over the thought of the food more than the game itself? Me too!!! (Okay I totally get that I may be in the minority. I like football… alright. It’s just that I like food WAY better.)
This year the Broncos have made it to the final game, and I’m here in Colorado watching this absolute fervor unfold. Every day it gets stronger… Pretty soon I think we will see people dancing on their rooftops shirtless in the sub-freezing weather. I’m just sayin’.
The important thing is that I have a huge buffet of tasty appetizers ready for my family. And the one to start it off, as always, is the fruit platter. Fruit is the kids’ favorite healthy snack and it adds so much beauty to an appetizer layout; it’s a must. So today I am going to share the best presentation ever with you! This is courtesy of my momma-in-law, who taught me how to make a “fruit bowl” eye-popping.

Buy your fruit. You will need a fresh pineapple, but the rest is up to you. The idea is that everyone will pick the fruit chunks off with toothpicks so buy things that you can easily chunk or make toothpick-friendly.

How to create the presentation:

Quarter the pineapple lengthwise, but take care to leave the stem intact.  I find that by laying the pineapple on it's side and cutting upward the stem, you can just pull a sharp knife through it with little resistance.  Then chop the bottoms off of each quarter.

Quarter the pineapple lengthwise, but take care to leave the stem intact. I find that by laying the pineapple on it’s side and cutting untoward the stem, you can just pull a sharp knife through it with little resistance. Then chop the bottoms off of each quarter.

You will need to take the tough, fiber-like center out by slicing it off of the edible fruit.

You will need to take the tough, fiber-like center out by slicing it off of the edible fruit.

Cut the fibrous center out carefully near the stem so that you don't remove the leaves.

Cut the fibrous center out carefully near the stem so that you don’t remove the leaves.

Now slice underneath the fruit to remove it from the outer skin.  You will leave the fruit resting in this place- don't remove it- just free it.

Now slice underneath the fruit to remove it from the outer skin. You will leave the fruit resting in this place- don’t remove it- just free it.

Also free the fruit from the stem by making a cut downward into the outer skin.

Also free the fruit from the stem by making a cut downward into the outer skin.

Make 2 lengthwise cuts through the loosened fruit to prepare it for being cut into chunks.

Make 2 lengthwise cuts through the loosened fruit to prepare it for being cut into chunks.

Now cut width-wise into bite sized chunks.

Now cut width-wise into bite sized chunks.

In a large casserole dish or   on a platter if you have one, arrange the pineapple for presentation.

In a large casserole dish or on a platter if you have one, arrange the pineapple for presentation.

I used kiwi on my fruit platter; cut off the top and bottom and then thinly slice the skin off with a knife.

I used kiwi on my fruit platter; cut off the top and bottom and then thinly slice the skin off with a knife.

Cut kiwi into chunks.

Cut kiwi into chunks.

Add to the fruit tray by sprinkling around liberally.

Add to the fruit tray by sprinkling around liberally.

If you can get a good deal on some fresh berries, they really brighten things up.  Here I have added red raspberries.

If you can get a good deal on some fresh berries, they really brighten things up. Here I have added red raspberries.

Blueberries!

Blueberries!

Some cherries I found and washed well.

Some cherries I found and washed well.

This is the finished fruit platter!  Yummers!

This is the finished fruit platter! Yummers! Note that other fruits that work well are: grapes, orange segments, mangoes, and strawberries, to name a few.

As the “token vegan” (as my husband was just recently called) in our circle of friends, we always endeavor to bring fruits and veggies to parties and get-togethers. We know there will always be a shortage of such things and also that people expect them and enjoy them, so they aren’t just for us. I will leave you with a picture of a pretty veggie tray that I brought to a party recently. I found radishes and all kinds of goodies for it. But usually I just stick to the usual suspects: broccoli, carrots, and cherry tomatoes.

This tray had all the basics, but also cucumbers, celery, yellow cherry tomatoes and radishes.

This tray had all the basics, but also cucumbers, celery, yellow cherry tomatoes and radishes.


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