Vegetable Snacks Go Beyond the Dip

Joy Manning

It’s an unspoken but solid rule: Snacks must be fun. After all, this is party food we’re talking about here; we eat them more for pleasure than sustenance.

Chefs have always understood that bite-size dishes must have concentrated flavors and interesting textures. The classics are often über-rich and meaty—pigs in a blanket, shrimp cocktail, Swedish meatballs—because you want big flavor in a small package. Too often, vegetable snacks pale in comparison. Who wants...