Great Fruit Platter for any occasion.
Whether you are planning a fancy reception or a casual get-together, use fruit to make a stunning and edible centerpiece. In some cases, the centerpiece can also serve as dessert.
2-1/4 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, rinsed or partially thawed, if frozen
2 tablespoons orange liqueur or fresh orange juice
1 3-pound fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise into thin slices
2 navel oranges, peeled and sliced crosswise into thin slices
6 kiwi fruit, peeled and thinly sliced
In a food process or blender, combine raspberries and orange liqueur. Puree until smooth. Cover and chill until ready to serve. On a large platter, overlap slices of each fruit, starting with pineapple at each end of the platter and orange slices down the middle. Fill in the remaining area with kiwi slices. Cover and chill until ready to serve. To serve, drizzle raspberry sauce over fruit.
Per serving: Calories: 83 Protein: 1g Total fat: 1g Carbohydrate: 20g
Fiber: 4g Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 3mg
Special Diet: Vegetarian, Low Fat, High Fibre, Low Calorie
Category: Holiday Recipes
Submitted By: OK In Health
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