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Grilled Crudités Platter with Tarragon Dipping Sauce

An incredible way to serve both raw and grilled vegetables as an appetizer with a savory and tangy tarragon dipping sauce. Serve a combination of semi-grilled and raw vegetables for the ultimate crudités platter.
Course Appetizer, Appetizers and Dips
Cuisine French
Keyword Crudités, Crudités Platter, Crudités Recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Tarragon Sauce Preparation 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people
Calories 41kcal
Cost $25.00

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch large carrots, blanched (See Note 1)
  • 1 whole red bell pepper, quartered and seeds/stems removed
  • 1 whole yellow bell pepper, quartered and seeds/stems removed
  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • ½ pound green beans, blanched
  • 1 serving tarragon sauce

Optional Raw Vegetables and Additions:

  • 1 whole English cucumber, sliced thick
  • cherry tomatoes
  • pickled asparagus (or raw asparagus to grill)
  • celery sticks
  • smoked almonds
  • dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Prep Grill: Start with a hot grill setting up for direct heat. We target 500 degrees over the direct heat or in the cooking chamber.
  • For the Blanched Carrots: Grill the carrots over direct heat, closing the lid while they grill (this avoid the flames to rise up or to scorch them). Grill the carrots for 5 minutes, rotating halfway through, or until you see nice sear marks. Remove.
  • For the Broccolini: Grill each side over direct heat for 3 minutes per side or until you see nice char marks.
  • For the Green Beans: Place on the grill grates, perpendicular to the direction of the grates (so they don't fall through. See photo.). Grill over direct heat for 2 minutes per side. For easier grilling you can use a vegetable basket, but you won't get as much of a sear. So as annoying is it is, placing them over the grill grates is easier.

For Preparing the Platter

  • Start with a large platter, place the dipping sauce in a bowl and place in the middle of the platter, and then arrange the vegetables surrounding the dip. Fill in any blank spaces with smaller items (like nuts or dried fruit or cherry tomatoes).

Notes

(1) If the carrots are larger, then cut them in half length-wise to make them more approachable as a bite and to have even sized carrots to grill.
Blanching: Bring water boil in a medium sized stock pot. We recommend blanching vegetables separately because they all take different times. It's important to drop the blanched veggies in an ice bath to rapidly halt the cooking process.
  • Blanch green beans for 2 minutes.
  • Blanch carrots for 5 minutes.
Optional: Grilled lemon squeezed over the final platter makes for amazing flavor, and presentation. Add olives, hummus, and pita for some additional elements and dipping.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5pounds | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 7687IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg