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.
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)
-herbs or spices of your choice
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 400º oven for 12-14 minutes.
Drizzle with one teaspoon of melted butter and serve.