The Kids Can Help Create this Veggie Skeleton Dip Recipe

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Oct 26, 2016 10:30:00 AM




Have a healthy Halloween party with this fun Veggie Skeleton Dip. The dip can be made in minutes, and while it’s chilling in the fridge, the kids can help you build the “skeleton”!


  • 12 oz 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 3 tsp chopped fresh dill
  • 3 small garlic cloves, minced fine
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Baldwin_Veggie_Skeleton_Dip_Nutritional_Value_Box.pngVeggie Skeleton:

  • 5 fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 4 baby carrots
  • 2 celery stalks, cut in half lengthwise and horizontally
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 pitted black olive slices


In a bowl, combine cream cheese, buttermilk, dill, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and keep chilled while assembling the veggie skeleton.

  • On a platter, arrange mushroom slices about halfway down the platter to make the “hips” of the skeleton.
  • Starting at the top center of the mushrooms, arrange a row of cucumber slices going up to make the “torso” of the skeleton.
  • Arrange about 5 slices of red bell pepper on each side of the cucumber slices to make the “ribs” of the skeleton.
  • Arrange 2 yellow bell pepper slices to make the “shoulders” of the skeleton.
  • Arrange 2 baby carrots on each side of the red bell pepper “ribs” to make the “arms” of the skeleton.
  • Arrange celery stalk pieces coming out from the bottom of the mushrooms to make the upper “legs” of the skeleton.
  • Arrange red and yellow bell pepper slices under the celery slices to make the bottom part of the “legs” of the skeleton.
  • Arrange 4 small broccoli florets to make the “hands” and “feet” of the skeleton.
  • Serve the dip in a small white bowl and place it at the top of the skeleton to make the “head” of the skeleton.
  • Decorate the dip with olive slices for the “eyes” and broccoli florets for the “hair.”

Yield: 16 servings

Appetizers - Veggie Skeleton Dip Recipe

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Review Date: February 26, 2013
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