How to Make Edible Dirt

by Kathy Gori

In Hollywood no good dinner party goes by without some serious dirt dishing, what if diners had real looking dirt waiting for them on their plates? Could I make dirt, and if I did, would they eat it?


  • 2 Tablespoons Raisins
  • ¼ Cups Raw mixed nuts
  • ¼ Cups Almonds
  • 5 Ounces Danish pumpernickel
  • ½ Cups Crushed Wasa crackers
  • 1 Ounce Dried Porcini mushrooms
  • 2 Tablespoons Dehydrated onions
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Hazelnut , walnut or pumpkin seed oil
  • Radishes, small carrots
  • 5 Ounces Goat cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons Plain yogurt
  • 1 Finely chopped shallot
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped dill
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped mint
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Preheat your oven to 275 degrees

    Step 2

    Put the raisins, mixed nuts, almonds and pumpernickle on a cookie sheet. Spread them in a single layer. Bake them in the oven for 30 to 45 minutes. It's done when the bread is crisp on top.

    Step 3

    Turn off the oven and leave the cookie sheet with all the ingredients on it in the oven until it's cooled thoroughly. The raisins will dry and harden up. Roughly chop up the nuts.

    Step 4

    Dump the chopped nuts in a food processor along with the pumpkin seeds, Wasa crackers, dried Porcini mushrooms and dried onion. Break the crisp Pumpernickel bread into chunks and toss it in also.

    Step 5

    Pulse the food processor until you have a coarse dirt like mixture.

    Step 6

    Add in the olive paste.

    Step 7

    Pulse it a bit more until you have something the color and texture of dirt. Drizzle in a bit of hazelnut, walnut or pumpkin seed oil in.Pulse it again until you have a nice dark moist looking "soil."

    Step 8

    Set your dirt aside.

    Step 9

    Place the softened goat cheese in a bowl. Chop the shallot.

    Step 10

    Add it into the softened goat cheese. Chop the fresh herbs.

    Step 11

    Toss them into the goat cheese. Whip this together with the yogurt into a creamy dip. Set it aside.

    Step 12

    Set out several small containers. I used unglazed terra cotta 3 inch azalea pots and saucers. They cost me 79 cents apiece.

    Step 13

    Place a bit of the goat cheese dressing in the bottom or each little pot. "Plant" your cleaned and scrubbed vegetables in the dressing.

    Step 14

    I used organic radishes, green onions and carrots. Since the carrots were small and organically grown I didn't peel them, but washed them thoroughly.

    Step 15

    With a spoon, ladle some dirt over the dressing and around the vegetables.

    Step 16

    Your final dish should look like this.The look on your guests face when told their first course is in the flower pot... priceless.

    Step 17

    Coming up in my next guides I'll be posting these recipes and how to make them.