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Definition: Crudités are a simple type of hors d'oeuvre consisting of various raw vegetables cut into small, single-bite portions and usually served with some sort of dipping sauce.

Vegetables commonly used in crudité platters include carrots, celery, bell peppers, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower. Crudités are frequently dipped in Ranch dressing, Blue cheese or even a simple vinaigrette.

Because certain vegetables, such as broccoli or cauliflower, can be difficult to digest when eaten raw, they are sometimes blanched before serving them as crudités.

Pronunciation: kroo-de-TAY

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