Hedgehog share platter

There seem to be so many occasions when we need to bring a plate along to share with friends and relatives. Having a few exciting but simple ideas up your sleeve takes a bit of pressure off, especially if they are quick, healthy and fun too!

Here are some cute little hedgehogs that would be at home at a party for any age group. Use any dip you’d like as long as it’s fairly thick (if you have a runnier dip you can always firm it up by draining through cheesecloth [eg. a Chux] for an hour or so).



  • dip (I used homemade hummus)
  • celery
  • carrot
  • capsicum (other firm veges would work like kumara, cucumber, radish)
  • olive (for the faces)


Step 1 Step 1 Form the dip into simple ‘body’ shapes.

Step 2 Cut celery into thin ‘spikes’ and press into one of the hedgehogs.

Step 3 Slice carrot thinly and add to the second hedgehog.

Step 4 Add capsicum spikes to the third hedgehog.

Step 5 I used chopped olives to make eyes and noses.

Step 6 Then sliced celery to make little legs.

Step 7 And finished with some chopped carrot and celery for the ground.


Judith Yeabsley is a mum of two boys who is
passionate about healthy food for kids. Her blog
The Art of Nutrition is a popular place to find
inspiration for fun, healthy, creative food for kids
big and small. Judith describes her mission as
“how to present healthy food creatively so it is
delicious looking and impulse-creating, so kids
can’t wait to tackle the plate”. The focus is fruit, vegetables and whole
grains. The plates are designed to be made by the average time-poor
parent, in the average kitchen, using readily available ingredients and
working on a budget.

First published: Jul 2014
Last updated: April 3 2017
Last science review: October 10 2016

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