Absolutely Brilliant Idea: Roast Grocery Vegetable Platters

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Filing away under Absolutely Brilliant Idea category: You know those supermarket veggie platters? The ones everyone brings to tailgate and holiday parties, but no one really eats? Cheryl from 5 second rule has one simple idea that elevates these from party food albatross to something truly delicious.

Cheryl was stuck with one of these veggie party platters, full of uneaten cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, and baby carrots. So she threw the whole thing into the oven, and roasted the mix of vegetables until they were sweet and caramelized — heightened versions of their raw and crunchy selves.

Now, of course I love roasting vegetables, and I am squarely in roasting-vegetables-NOW time. (Brussels sprouts in the oven last night.) But roasting a party platter is just brilliant. And of course you don’t have to wait until the party is over to roast the vegetables. Roast them straightaway and serve on toothpicks with decadently creamy cheese or homemade pickled onions. Boring to amazing, right?

Read more and get the recipe: Basic Thyme-Roasted Supermarket Vegetable Platter at 5 second rule

Thanks for the inspiration, Cheryl! This is going on the Thanksgiving idea list for sure.

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