By Mississippi Market Chef Partner Kristin Hamaker of Goosefoot Kitchen
I always appreciate when there’s a fancy word—crudités—for something familiar and simple. In this case, crudités means a platter of raw vegetables served with a dip or vinaigrette. In the Goosefoot Kitchen we’re always trying to keep things simple, delicious, healthy, and affordable, using what we may already have on hand. And this platter, whether it’s for seasonal entertaining, or just because, falls right in line.
Since so many vegetables work as crudités, focus on a happy variety of flavors, colors, and textures, and consider what’s on sale in the produce department. Chop or slice the vegetables so that they are manageable sizes, especially if children will be eating. Then, choose your dip (see below), and place it in your loveliest little bowl. Arrange the crudités around it, on a platter, plate, or in a napkin-lined basket, and replenish as needed. Simple, delicious, straightforward!
Try any of these affordable dips for your holiday platters: