Back to the Kitchen: The Bountiful Beet

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gwen-upper110x1101BY GWEN KENNEALLY

As I walk through the open-air market, far from the abundance of winter fruits, I stumble upon the misfit vegetables. Some winter root vegetables lack the vibrant shade from the skin, but once peeled the beetroot is magnificent with intense texture and color. Uncooked they are crunchy,bbb but the transformation after cooking is smooth and buttery.Red or golden both are great to me. It is said that beets are good for the brain, but I just love the taste.

beets400Beet, Lemon, and Ginger Marmalade

1 pound cooked beets combination of red and gold

1/2 tsp salt

Juice and zest of one lemon

1-teaspoon ginger, minced

Pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg

1/3 cup crystallized ginger, sliced

Peel and coarsely grate the beets, and transfer to a medium-sized bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Transfer to a tightly capped jar.

Beet and Sweet Potato Chips

2 Medium Sweet potatoes

2 medium beets

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt to taste

Preheat the oven to 350. Slice beets and sweet potatoes 1/16 inch thick using a mandoline. Separately toss beets and sweet potatoes in � of the olive oil. On two jellyroll pans arrange the beets on one and the sweet potatoes on the other in single layers. Stack another jellyroll pan on top of each one. Bake for 30 minutes and remove the top pan and bake for another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Start over with the second batch.

Roasted Beets With Horseradish and Goat Cheese

1 pound beets, washed, steams trimmed 1/2 inch above beetroot

1-tablespoon horseradish (or to taste)

1/4-teaspoon thyme

Pinch salt and pepper

8 ounces goat cheese

Place beet in a tightly covered casserole dish. Pour enough water to cover 1/2 inch at the bottom. Roast at 350 for 2 1/2 hours. It is cooked when the skin is slightly wrinkled and removes easily with your fingers. Remove from oven and as soon as they are cool enough to touch, remove skin and cut into about 8 1/4 inch pieces. While still warm mix well with horseradish, thyme, salt and pepper. Chill for at least 2 hours. (Can be made 2 days ahead, just add cheese right before serving.) Mix well again. Add the crumbled goat cheese. Mix and serve.

Beet Slaw

2 tablespoons lemon zest

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 table Dijon mustard

Juice of one large lemon

Salt and pepper to taste3 large beets, grated 3 large carrots grated. One bunch scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal. In a large bowl whisk together the lemon juice, zest, olive oil, Dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar. Toss in the beets, carrot and scallions. Season with salt and pepper.

Roasted Beet Salad

1 pound beets, washed, steams trimmed 1/2 inch above beetroot

1-tablespoon horseradish

6 Sage leaves, sliced

Pinch salt and pepper

8 ounces goat cheese

Place beet in a tightly covered casserole dish. Pour enough water to cover 1/2 inch at the bottom. Roast at 350 for 2 1/2 hours. It is cooked when the skin is slightly wrinkled and removes easily with your fingers. Remove from oven and as soon as they are cool enough to touch, remove skin and cut into about 8 1/4 inch pieces. While still warm mix well with horseradish, sage, salt and pepper. Chill for at least 2 hours. Mix well again. Add the crumbled goat cheese. Mix and serve.

Golden Beet Soup With Walnut Oil

5 pounds large gold beets, peeled and cut into 2″ chunks

2 onions, diced

1 leek, diced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4-cup honey

Salt and pepper

10 cups chicken stock

1/4 cup Walnut Oil

Walnut oil to drizzle on soup

Chopped chives to garnish

Saute’ onions and leeks in olive oil over medium heat. When vegetables begin to caramelize add honey and beets. Cook until honey bubbles. Add chicken stock and simmer until beets are very tender. Add water if liquid reduces too much. Season to taste. Let soup cool slightly and then puree in blender. Re-warm in pan and whisk in Walnut oil. Serve with drizzle of walnut oil and garnish with chives.

Roasted Winter Vegetables with Avocado Aioli

1 lemon, halved

12 baby artichokes

1-pound young carrots, tops trimmed to 1 inch

1/2 pound thin green beans

1/2 pound sugar snap peas

12 small red-skinned new potatoes

12 small beets

1 cup olive oil

Salt and Pepper

Avocado Aioli:

2 ripe Hass avocados (about 1/2 pound each)

2 Tablespoons fresh limejuice

1 large garlic clove, minced

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 Tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Toss the carrots, green beans, snap peas, potatoes and beets with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 40 minutes in a pre-heated 400-degree oven Trim the artichoke stems and cut about 1/2 inch off the tops. Remove any tough outer leaves at the base and snip the points from the remaining leaves with scissors. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the artichokes and lemon halves and boil until tender when pierced, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well. Meanwhile halve the avocados. Scoop the flesh into a bowl. Mash with the limejuice and garlic. Scrape into a food processor and puree. With the machine on, drizzle in the oil. Scrape the puree into a bowl. Fold in the parsley and season with salt and pepper. To serve, arrange the vegetables on a large platter. Sprinkle with parsley and serve the aioli in a bowl on the side.

Fussili With Beets, goat cheese and sage

2 pounds beets (red or golden or a combo)

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2-tablespoon olive oil

1-cup chicken or vegetable stock

1/4 cup fresh sage leaves, coarsely chopped

1 pound fussily

1-cup goat cheese

In the top of a steamer basket steam scrubbed beets until fork tender about 30 minutes. Remove beets and let stand. When cool enough to handle, rub off skin using a paper towel. Slice beets into wedges. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente about 10 minutes. In a large bowl toss beets with garlic olive oil, stock and sage leaves. Drain the pasta and return to pot. Toss pasta with 2/3 the goat cheese reserving the rest for garnish. Add beets mixture and coat well. Divide onto 4-6 plates and sprinkle with remaining cheese and serve immediately.

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