One of my favorite appetizers to enjoy in the Summer (well, anytime really, but especially Summer) is a crudite platter. Fresh, raw veggies is a light appetizer and perfect for the Summer when it is too hot to cook. In Arizona we try to avoid turning on the oven in the Summer, because we live in an oven. The perfect pairing for crudite? Wine. Sequoia Grove Winery asked me to provide summer entertaining ideas using their wine and I knew exactly what I would make.
Best Tips for How to Make a Crudite Platter
Keep your veggies cold. I serve straight from the refrigerator on top of a bowl of ice.
Dips. I like to use a black olive dip and tzatski. Other options are ranch or another favorite salad dressing of yours for dipping.
Wine. Serve with chilled white wine. Sequioa Grove’s Chardonnay is a delicious pairing.
To keep the white wine chilled, I made floral ice cubes. Since I was not using the floral ice cubes in any drinks and just for looks, you can use any flower petal. If you wish to use the floral ice cubes in drinks, be sure to check out that your flower is edible and use pesticide free!
A simple way to make floral ice cubes is using a mini muffin pan! I love the shape so much better than an ice cube tray!
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