A big platter of grilled and/or roasted veggies is a great add to any party spread
Savory, Nourishing and Delicious!
Our Christmas Day dinner menu is classic Italian starting with a full antipasto course. The antipasto spread includes a Centerpiece Platter with Italian tuna, caponata, olives, and marinated artichokes, a Caprese Salad, Cured Meats, and a big roasted Veggie Platter!
This platter from a party last Spring is serving as my inspiration for Christmas Day. This platter includes: grilled zucchini, yellow squash, portobello mushrooms, baby eggplant, radicchio, red onions and roasted broccolini, red and yellow peppers and tomatoes. It was colorful, loaded with everyone’s favorites and so yummy!
A few tips for making a veggie platter for a party:
Plan ahead in terms of type and quantity of vegetables. Think of your guests and their favorite vegetables and consider limiting it to those, and maybe adding in a smaller quantity of other vegetables if you want some additional color.
Grill or roast a day ahead of time! This will be a huge time saver and they will taste just as great. Just make your platter and let it get to room temperature before serving.
Invest in a grill tray for outdoor grilling. This was key in keeping vegetables from falling through the grill.
Some vegetables can be prepared in the oven equally well as the grill to help save on time and space. In my opinion, all vegetables taste great roasted in the oven but I do like grill marks and some of the grill flavor on some. Here is my opinion on what where to roast and where to grill if you are short on space and/or time:
Grill (an indoor grill works great for grill marks on zucchini and eggplant): onions, radicchio, zucchini, squash, eggplant, portobello (these taste equally delicious roasted in the oven, it’s really for the grill marks :))
A grilled and roasted vegetable platter is a good idea at any holiday celebration. It adds color, nutrients and works well with just about everything. I use a combination of roasting and grilling to maximize time and space, but either one will work.
Author: Healthy Gluten-Free Family
Recipe type: Veggies, Sides
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Quantity depends on number of people serving. I tend to always end up with too much of some and not enough of others! And I like having extra for the next few days.
For all: Clean and leave skin on. The most important thing is to cut vegetables in similar thickness to make cooking easier.
Pepper: 2 red, 2 yellow, cut in half, stem and seeds removed
Zucchini - 2-3, sliced long ways in ⅛ -1/4 inch pieces, then in half
Squash- 2-3, sliced long ways in ⅛ -1/4 inch pieces, then in half
Baby eggplant - 5-6, sliced in ¼ inch circles (my family loves eggplant so can't make too much!)
Portobello mushroom 5-6, can be grilled whole or roasted sliced
10 roma tomatoes or 20 cherry tomatoes
Radicchio, approximately `10 pieces gently peeled off
Red onion, approximately 10 slices, ⅛ in thick
In preheated broiler, roast peppers for approximately 20-30 minutes, rotating once midway through, or until blackened. You want them black so that the skin peels off easier.
Remove from oven and place in a brown paper bag, seal and let cool for about 15 minutes. Then remove from bag and the blacked skins should peel off easily. Slice peppers into strips.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. One vegetable at a time, gently toss in olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic & rosemary if desired. Lay in a single layer on individual baking sheets or bake in batches. Bake for:
Tomatoes - 10 minutes or until tender
Broccolini - 15 minutes or until tender and slightly crispy
portobello - 15 minutes or until tender
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. One vegetable at a time, gently toss in olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic if desired. In batches, lay in a single layer on grill tray or on grill pan. Grill in batches, one type at a time so that they cook at the same rate. Grill, flipping once, until tender and lightly charred, approximately
Zucchini - 15 minutes
Squash - 15 minutes
Eggplant - 15 minutes
Raddichio - 5 minutes
Onions - 7-8 minutes
Portobello - I place directly on the grill whole, flipping once, 15 minutes or until tender
The key to getting those great grill marks is to not shift the vegetables too frequently once they've been placed on the hot grill. I tend to flip only once. I find the best grill marks are easiest on the grill pan.