Roasted vegetable antipasto with lemon-caper sauce
Makes about 8 servings
This stunning presentation of glistening vegetables is great on the buffet. Immediately after roasting, arrange the hot vegetables on a platter. Add olives and jarred marinated artichoke hearts, if you like. Serve the sauce in a bowl on the side, a basket of sliced French bread, and provide plates and forks. Or, if you prefer, serve the vegetables as a lovely side dish for one of your holiday meals.
For the vegetables
¼ cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Pinch of salt
8 trimmed medium-thick asparagus spears
½ eggplant, peeled and cut into ½-inch-thick wedges
2 portobello mushrooms, cut into ½-inch-wide strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch-wide lengthwise strips
1 zucchini, halved horizontally, each half cut into ½-inch-thick wedges
½ red onion, cut into ½-inch-thick wedges
For the sauce
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon honey
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon minced shallot
1 teaspoon capers, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or ½ teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
Salt to taste
Coarsely crumbled feta or shredded Parmesan cheese, toasted pine nuts, and sprigs of fresh basil for garnishing the vegetables.
To prepare the vegetables, preheat the oven to 425° F. Line a large jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.
Stir together the oil, garlic, oregano, rosemary, thyme, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Add the vegetables and toss until coated.
Spread the vegetables in a single layer on the prepared pan. Bake, turning the vegetables occasionally, for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until crisp-tender and lightly browned.
To make the sauce, while the vegetables are roasting, stir together all the ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Transfer the vegetables to a serving platter. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serve the room temperature sauce in a bowl on the side; provide a small spoon for drizzling over individual servings of vegetables.
The sauce will keep for up to 2 days in a covered container in the refrigerator. The vegetables can be roasted up to 1 day in advance; cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Paulette Mitchell, a culinary instructor, television personality, spokesperson, freelance food writer, and the award-winning author of 13 cookbooks, is known internationally for her quick-to-prepare recipes with gourmet flair. Paulette's most recently published cookbook is "The Complete 15-Minute Gourmet: Creative Cuisine Made Fast and Fresh." She is also the author of "A Beautiful Bowl of Soup" and "The Spirited Vegetarian," which was voted "Best Book in the World on Cooking with Wine" at the 2005 Gourmand World Media Awards. Paulette says that international travel is her favorite source of culinary inspiration.