Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Vegetable Presentation

I needed something extra special to serve with fondue at our 'let the games begin' party.
I give full credit to my friend Jan for this wonderful idea.

Vegetable Bundles
Slice an eggplant or zucchini into 1 1/2" slices.
Using a sharp knife hollow our each slice, creating a ring.
For each bundle I used:
-4 green beans
-3 asparagus spears
-2 strips each yellow and red pepper
-4 thin carrot sticks
-4 long green onion pieces (optional)
-olive oil
-herbs or spices of your choice
-butter
Separately cook beans, carrots and asparagus for 2 minutes in microwave with a few table spoons of water. They will still be crunchy. Do not pre cook the peppers.
Once cool enough to touch, combine bundles of veggies and feed through the ring.
Carefully place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
If using onions, place on a plate and heat in microwave for 20 seconds, just to soften them enough to tie in a bow. Place bow on top of ring as a garnish.
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with herbs you enjoy.
Give each a grind of fresh pepper and salt.
Bake in 400ยบ oven for 12-14 minutes.
Drizzle with one teaspoon of melted butter and serve.

9 comments:

  1. okay, that looks amazing! could you prepare those earlier in the day if you were serving them for supper? Great veggie idea!!

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  2. Isn't that an interesting way to display your vegetables..I like it!

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  3. I really liked these veggies. They not only tasted wonderful they looked really fine dining and made us feel like special guests.

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  4. I lived in Japan for over 8 years and it really reminds me of some food presentation styles there. Absolutely beautiful veggie bundles! They look gorgeous and delicious.

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  6. you sure know how to turn the ordinary into extraordinary...gorgeous!

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  7. Lorrie, yes you could prepare them in the morning and set them in the fridge. Just do not over cook them in the microwave. You want them to still be slightly crisp when served. roast them in oven just before serving. Kathy

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