It’s that time of year for giving, and instead of the same old standbys, why not give the gift of fresh produce? Our friends over at Melissa’s have some wonderful gift baskets that will please even the pickiest eater.
When we were scrolling through all of the choices, the Baby Veggie Basket ($71.99) was one of the first baskets to catch our eye. It is chock full of so-cute-you-can-pinch-them baby veggies, neatly trimmed and ready for snacking and cooking. The selection varies depending on the season, so our baby veggie basket included baby potatoes, onions, beets, green cauliflower, carrots, green beans, and pattypan squash. The veggies were super-fresh and nearly flawless, so they could have made a perfect centerpiece if we didn’t already have designs on eating them.
What do we like to do with a huge basket of baby veggies? Roast them, of course. We did a little additional peeling and trimming, then halved the vegetables and tossed them together in a large shallow baking pan. We coated them generously with extra virgin olive oil, then added just a dash of balsamic vinegar as well as salt and pepper. We tossed them so they were evenly coated with oil, then roasted them for about 50 minutes at 350 degrees. Note: We put the green beans in at the halfway point because they cook much more quickly than the other vegetables.
And…voila! Instant side dish. This one would be especially pretty for Thanksgiving. We roasted approximately 3/4 of the vegetables (as much as would fit in our pan) and it served 8. If you roasted the entire basket, it would serve about 10 to 12.
So if you’re looking for a hostess gift, or a gift for your favorite fruit or vegetable enthusiast, check out Melissa’s gift baskets for everything from citrus baskets to wine baskets to cooking packages (complete with cookbook). Happy shopping!
Blogger disclosure: We did not receive compensation for this post. Melissa’s gave us a complimentary gift basket for review purposes. All opinions expressed are our own.