A platter of a selection of fresh vegetables is paired with a delicious roasted garlic dip, creating a tantalizing combination perfect for entertaining health-conscious guests. This delicious appetizer showcases vibrant and crunchy vegetables, including crunchy carrot sticks, crunchy cucumber slices, vibrant pepper strips and savory cherry tomatoes. The star of the show is the creamy and aromatic roasted garlic dip, which features a rich and smooth texture that perfectly complements the natural sweetness and crunch of the vegetable. This irresistible platter is not only visually appealing but also a guilt-free treat, making it the ideal choice for any gathering or party.
- 4 large heads of green garlic
- about 6 tablespoons olive oil
- a few sprigs of fresh thyme
- 250-300g/9-10oz soft cheese, e.g. B. soft goat cheese, ricotta or Philadelphia
- some milk if necessary
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs – a mixture of parsley, tarragon and chives works great
- Squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
- 2 large green garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- Choose between cooked new potatoes or artichokes and lightly cooked asparagus
- raw or lightly cooked baby carrot, cooked baby beetroot
- tiny raw broad beans, young radishes
- Slices or peppers, wedges or raw fennel or celery
- – Plan on around 450g of vegetables per person
- Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas 5/fan 170°C.
- Cut a slice from each garlic clove and place on foil.
- Pour 4 tablespoons of oil over it, add thyme and wrap.
- Season with salt and pepper and bake for up to 1 hour – until the garlic is very soft.
- Mix the cheese in a bowl until smooth.
- Squeeze the roasted garlic out of the peel, add it to the cheese and mash with a fork until smooth.
- Stir in enough oil and/or milk to get a good dip consistency.
- Stir in the herbs and season to taste – add a squeeze of lemon if necessary.
- Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a small pan and carefully fry the sliced garlic until golden brown (not too brown, otherwise it will taste bitter).
- Drain the garlic and sprinkle over the dip.
- Serve the dip in the middle of a large vegetable platter.
Equipment and tools
- Large baking tray
- Sharp knife
- Aluminum foil
- Food processor or blender
This Vegetable Platter Roasted Garlic Dip recipe may contain the following allergens:
- Dairy products (soft cheese)
Storage and leftovers
If you have leftovers, store the roasted garlic dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The vegetable platter can be stored separately in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to 5 days.
Health Benefits of Roasted Garlic Dip with Vegetable Platter
Roasted garlic dip with a vegetable platter is not only a delicious and filling appetizer, but it also offers several health benefits. Packed with nutritious ingredients, this dish is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to enjoy a tasty treat while looking after their well-being.
1. Garlic to support the immune system
Garlic is a powerful ingredient known for its amazing health benefits. It contains compounds with potential immune-boosting properties that may help protect against various diseases. Roasting garlic enhances its flavor and also makes it easier to digest.
2. Olive oil for heart health
Using olive oil in this roasted garlic dip provides heart-healthy fats that may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, which can help lower cholesterol and maintain optimal heart function.
3. Fresh herbs as antioxidants
The addition of fresh thyme and a mixture of herbs such as parsley, tarragon and chives not only provides an explosion of flavor, but also a good portion of antioxidants. These antioxidants help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.
4. Soft cheese for bone health
The soft cheeses used in the roasted garlic dip, such as soft goat cheese, ricotta, or Philadelphia, add to the creaminess of the dish. In addition, it provides calcium and other essential nutrients that promote bone health and strength.
5. Vegetable plate for fiber and nutrients
The accompanying vegetable platter offers a variety of options that are not only delicious but also very nutritious. Vegetables such as asparagus, carrots, beets, broad beans and radishes are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. They aid digestion, support overall health, and add a satisfying bite to the dip.
If you prepare the roasted garlic dip with a vegetable platter, you can treat yourself to a tasty and healthy dish that you can enjoy without feeling guilty. So gather your favorite vegetables and treat yourself to this delicious appetizer that will nourish your body and tantalize your taste buds at the same time!