Recently I inherited an old copy of Home Beautiful magazine. It’s a publication I’m always more than happy to have a browse through to get some new idea’s for home decoration, but also for foodie inspiration. When I saw this idea in a special food lift out I instantly grabbed it as something that I could do easily and would work wonderfully for entertaining. I’ll be honest and admit I didn’t follow the recipe, but I don’t think it mattered as it was the styling that I was more interested in. I think this would be fabulous at a BBQ where you are feeding a large number of people, or perhaps even an intimate dinner party where you want to create something special on the plate. Ultimately a fabulous idea where there is a gathering of people and you want to make things look a little special without too much work.
A Bundle of Green
* serves 4 but easily multiplied
- 1 bunch asparagus (about 4 spears/person)
- 8/10 green beans pp.
- 1 leek
- brown string
- olive oil
- salt and cracked black pepper for seasoning.
Pre-heat your oven to approx 180c. To prepare clean your greens and then divide into portions. Cut the leek into approx 8cm long pieces keeping the whites and discarding the green bits (or wash and keep for preparing a stock or soup). Slice down one side of the leek, but only to the middle as you want to keep the pieces as long as possible to wrap around your asparagus and beans. Wash thoroughly. Place the leeks onto a flat surface and then place divide the asparagus and beans evenly. Use some kitchen twine and tie the vegetables into bundles.
Place the bundles into a baking dish lined with non-stick baking paper. Drizzle with olive oil and season well. Bake for approx 20 mins or until the vegetables are starting to brown.
Serve hot as a side dish with fish, lamb, beef or chicken.
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