Last-Minute Party Platter
This Yotam Ottolenghi/Greta Caruso inspired roasted veggie party platter has become a clutch appetizer for last-minute entertaining. The tangle of green bits are Instaworthy and add brightness and brine to the velvety egg yolks and charred veggies. Oh, and even with the best eggs and veggies, it’s still way cheaper than buying fancy cheese and meats!
Veggies for roasting (cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, parsnips)
dill, mint, parsley (any or all of them)
eggs, medium boiled
full-fat greek yogurt
2-4 cloves of garlic, crushed into the yogurt
Heat oven to 425 degrees
Trim and prep veggies: break florets off caulis or brocc, lightly peel carrots or parsnips and bisect lengthwise. (I like to leave a little green at the top, just for styles)
Toss veggies in olive oil and lay on a baking sheet, shake to spread pieces out evenly
Roast for 30 - 45 minutes, until veggies are easy pierced by a fork and there’s some nice dark charring.
remove from oven and immediately sprinkled with good salt and fresh lemon juice
Mash garlic with a mortar and pestle, then mix into yogurt
Soft Boiled Eggs with lemon, caper & herbs
Bring a sauce pan of water to a soft boil
Add eggs and gently boil for 7-8 minutes, then transfer to ice bath * (I use a corkscrew to pierce tiny holes in the shells of the eggs before boiling, to make peeling easier.) * While eggs are boiling, prepare an ice bath.
Let cool, then peel and halve
Squeeze fresh lemon over eggs and sprinkle with chopped herbs and finishing salt flakes. A note about how finishing salt: Maldon salt flakes are like a corrective lense for taste buds. A dusting of this finishing salt, like the layer of curved glass I wear over my eyes, brings soft and dull flavors into vivid, crystal focus.
Heat olive oil in a small fry pan
Once hot, add capers and fry until they shrivel a little and crisp
Assemble all the ingredients on a platter: pile roasted veggies and place eggs, then spoon fried capers over the entire platter and serve the yogurt dipping sauce in a bowl nestled among the food.