Saturday, August 30, 2008

Veggie Bundles, Take Two

The last veggie bundles I made tasted so good that I was inspired to use this simple technique again when Naomi and Sam came to dinner.

All you do is slice fresh veggies onto a square of parchment paper, add herbs and a dot of butter and bake. Last time, I folded the paper into tidy packets - this time, I thought gathering the four corners together and twisting would give it more flair.

I also played with the contents a bit - added a dab of lemon butter, thinly sliced marinated artichoke hearts and two colors of sweet cherry tomatoes (the yellow ones thanks to Chilebrown and Ms. Goofy who grew them in their garden) to the zucchini, sliced fennel, slivered shallot, pitted Tuscan table olives and sliced pattypan squash. Sprinkled with some Mediterranean herbs and baked the bundles at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

As each guest opened the twist, the bright colors and the lovely aromas revealed the veggie treasure inside the festive presentation - and then we had fun making basketballs out of the paper and shooting hoops into the kitchen sink!

If you want to discourage such rowdy nonsense, use the tidy packets but for maximum fun I'd definitely recommend the twists.


Blogger Kitt said...

Cute idea! I might just use that for a dinner party next week.

Saturday, August 30, 2008  
Blogger peter said...

I love baking things in parchment... there is a fancy clear paper you can get now for extra elegance.

Monday, September 01, 2008  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Kitt, good luck with your party!

Peter, ooooh, that would be interesting but it would lessen the suspense, which is kind of fun with the opaque kind...I'll look for it - sounds interesting.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008  
Anonymous Naomi said...

As one of Zoomie's guests at that dinner, I can confirm that these were delicious...and such fun to open up!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Naomi, what fun to find you here! Thanks for stopping by - and leaving a comment!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008  

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