Pinzimonio: A Raw Vegetable Medley

This is more of a suggestion than a recipe; depending upon the occasion pinzimonio can be either a tasty antipasto or a side dish. It’s wonderful either way.

Prepare a big bowl of fresh tasty vegetables, cut into strips or pieces (whatever you prefer that doesn’t sag, e.g. peppers, cauliflower, artichokes, celery, carrots, etc).

Set cruets of olive oil and vinegar on the table, along with salt & pepper. Give your diners small bowls in which to mix up a sauce with the olive oil and vinegar, which they will then season to taste.

Next? They dip their veggies in their sauce and eat.

You could also have other elements handy (mustard, whatnot) for those who want to make richer dipping sauces.

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Categories: Antipasti and Starters

Author:Cosa Bolle in Pentola

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