Here is my new favorite party trick! Carrots and ranch dip might be good enough for game day, but if you want to serve veggies that are a little more sophisticated, try an herb oil. The beauty of this is that you can prep it ahead of time and stick it in the fridge. The veggies are marinating in the oil and your guests can help themselves right out of the jar!
- 1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed
- 1/4 C. good olive oil
- 1/4 C. mint leaves, minced
- 1/2 t. Kosher salt
Heat a pot of water to boiling. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Blanch the beans in the boiling water for one minute and then quickly strain and plunge them into the ice water bath to stop the cooking. The result is an intensely green bean with a slight crunch. In a glass jar, combine the oil, mint, and salt. Arrange the beans into the jar tightly, with the ends sticking out for grabbing. Prepare this at least an hour ahead so the beans have a chance to absorb some of that minty goodness. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.