Photo: Rachel Weill; Food Styling: Karen Shinto
YieldsServes 8
AuthorJulia Lee,
Meaning "hot bath" in Italian, bagna cauda is an array of fresh vegetables accompanied by a warm, buttery sauce seasoned with lots of garlic and anchovies.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 400°. Toss beets and 2 tbsp. oil together in a medium baking dish. Cover with foil and bake until beets are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 25 minutes. Peel beets when cool enough to handle, then halve or quarter, depending on their size.

Step 2
2

Whirl butter, remaining 3 tbsp. oil, the anchovies (including oil), and garlic together in a food processor until anchovies and garlic are minced. Transfer to a small saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt. Pour bagna cauda into a small warmed bowl.

Step 3
3

Arrange vegetables on a platter and serve with bagna cauda for dunking.

Ingredients

 2 bunches baby beets, trimmed
 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
 1 can (2 oz.) anchovies packed in olive oil
 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  Salt
 2 bunches baby carrots, peeled and tops trimmed to about 3 in. long
 2 bulbs baby fennel (or 1 bulb regular fennel), trimmed, cut lengthwise into slender wedges
 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
 1/2 pound tender young green beans, trimmed

Directions

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 400°. Toss beets and 2 tbsp. oil together in a medium baking dish. Cover with foil and bake until beets are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 25 minutes. Peel beets when cool enough to handle, then halve or quarter, depending on their size.

Step 2
2

Whirl butter, remaining 3 tbsp. oil, the anchovies (including oil), and garlic together in a food processor until anchovies and garlic are minced. Transfer to a small saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt. Pour bagna cauda into a small warmed bowl.

Step 3
3

Arrange vegetables on a platter and serve with bagna cauda for dunking.

Bagna Cauda