(Intermediate, 20mins Prep, 80mins Roast, Serves 4-6 as side)
Pour La Sauce
½ Cup Dried apricots
1 Medium Apple (Peeled & cored)
½ Cup Dry vermouth Or white wine
1 ½ Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 ½ Teaspoons Herbs de Provance
½ Teaspoon each Sea salt & black pepper
1 Clove Garlic
2 Small Citrus fruits Juice of both, zest of one. (Use tangerines, navels, blood orange, Valencia etc)
½ Cup Water¼ Pound Haricot verts (Petit French green beans)
¼ Pound Haricot verts (Petit French green beans)
¼ Pound Large Carrots (julienne, match stick cut)
¼ Pound Large Zucchini (julienne, match stick cut)
1 Pinch each Sea salt & pepper
2 Tablespoons evoo
1. In a blender jar combine all the sauce ingredients, but only ¼ cup of the water. We’ll use the remaining ¼ cup water to rinse out the blender jar. Let the apricots absorb some liquid before you blend. Move on to the other prep for 15 mins or so before blending. While the apricots steep, clean, prep and cut the vegetables. After 15 or 20 mins, blend the sauce in the blender well to emulsify. Pour into a rectangular baking dish.
2. Rinse out the blender jar on high with the remaining water, pour that into the baking dish and stir to combine. Lay the vegetables over the sauce in a pleasant shape. I like to put them into quadrants. Sprinkle with the sea salt and evoo.
3. Place the baking dish onto a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with lid or foil. Roast in a 375 oven for 1 hour. Remove cover and roast 20 mins longer. Garnish with your favorite flavors and colors for visual interest. Superb garnishes include Marcona almonds, Parsley, Citrus zest, Kiwi, Chives, Scallions, Fresh herbs, Avocado, Citrus supremes, Poppy seeds, etc.
HINTS: This is a great place to use a French style flavored sea salt like lavender or citrus. Or a more gourmet French sea salt like grey salt or fleur de sel. I prefer a sweet apple such as Fuji, Gala or Pink Lady for this, but a tart apple works well too. I always hold back some liquid so I can use the power of the blender to rinse it out. Why fight a blender jar with a rubber spatula?