Some of the first vegetable carvings that I made were for a Thanksgiving centerpiece. It was a bouquet of vegetable flowers. If I could make this my first time, you can, too.
I show you step-by-step how to make the yam (orange) and turnip (white) flowers as well as cucumber leaves in my video lesson, Yam and Turnip Flowers Made with U-cutters. And, you can learn how to make the beet roses in my video lessons, Hearts and Roses. It’s easy once I show you how.
Carved Root Vegetables Make a Beautiful Thanksgiving Centerpiece.
I carved and assembled this bouquet and brought it to my mother-in-law’s home where about 25 of us were gathering for Thanksgiving dinner.
I was excited to bring them to use as a Thanksgiving centerpiece but Wow, I never expected such an enthusiastic response. I got so many compliments! …even from the men who usually don’t care about this sort of thing. The children were enchanted, too. One Uncle kept insisting that I should be on the Rachael Ray show.
If you look close, you can see that these are not the most perfect flowers ever carved. After all, it was my first time carving. But if I can do it and get all those ooohs and aahhhhs, so can you.
To make this thanksgiving centerpiece, I carved roses from beets and I made flowers from yams and sweet potatoes using corrugated U-cutters. The leaves, I carved from cucumbers. Then I assembled the bouquet using a squash for a base and used some lettuce or mustard greens (I forget which) for filler.
If you would like to create a similar Thanksgiving centerpiece to bring to your Thanksgiving dinner, check out my video lessons for the Yam and Turnip Flowers Made with Corrugated U-Cutters and my Hearts and Roses video lessons.
Or better yet, you might love my whole 11 week Vegetable and Fruit Carving 101 Course For Beginners that will give you tons of great ideas for fruit and vegetable centerpieces and that can be made as Thanksgiving centerpiece or at any time of the year. The course includes the my Yam and Turnip flower lessons, too.
Now, here is a super simple Thanksgiving idea.
Make a Thanksgiving Centerpiece with a Sweet Potato Casserole
I always get asked to bring the sweet potatoes to our family Thanksgiving dinners. I have two recipes that my family loves. So, in the dish pictured below, I made both and combined them into one dish. Then I decorated with flowers cut with cookie cutter from fresh yams and sweet potatoes.
It’s so easy and really dresses up the dish in a fun way. You might want to try it.
You can get more details and my two delicious yam recipes by clicking here. They are very old recipes, much used and much loved by my family. Maybe your family will love these yummy yam dishes, too.