10 whole medium beets, scrubbed but untrimmed* (do not pat dry)
1½ tablespoon sea salt, scattered on a paper towel
5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
Ten square sheets of foil, approximately 8” X 8”
*Leave about an inch of the stem attached to the root.
Makes 2 quarts
5 to 7 medium to large beets
2 cups apple cider vinegar, plus as needed
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoon whole allspice
1 ½ teaspoon whole cloves
Equipment – thin rubber or surgical gloves
Makes approximately 2 cups
8 oz. steamed or roasted beets
6 oz. plain non-fat Greek yogurt
2-3 tablespoons good green olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 clove of garlic, pressed or finely minced
½ oz broken walnuts
Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
Variation: Substitute ¼ cup shredded mint and 3 tablespoons of minced chives for the garlic and nuts. Stir the herbs in after all the processing/blending has been completed.
4 cups cubed roots (beets, carrots, parsnips, etc.)
1 – 1½ lb. wide Lo Mein noodles or fettuccini
2 tablespoons Asian chili oil
1 large head of bok choy, washed and cut or torn into strips
24 to 30 large raw shrimp, shelled and deveined
4 scallions, sliced thinly on a diagonal
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 large clove garlic, pressed or minced
½ cup dry white wine
½ cup chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup cilantro leaves
*A few other Chinese inventions
Wooden coffins 5,000 BC
Silk 3,000 BC
Written language 1,000 BC
Crossbow 500 BC
Paper 200 BC
Ice cream of snow 200 BC
Tea drinking 100 BC
Compass 300 AD
Toilet paper 600 AD
Government printed money 700 AD
Eyeglasses 1,000 AD
Moveable type printing 1,040 AD
8 to 10 large golden beets, roasted, peeled and chopped
1-2 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons flour
4 large eggs, whisked and blended
1 cup hot, whole milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon minced basil
1 tablespoon minced chives
Beet, fennel or rainbow microgreens for garnish
6 -6 ounce ramekins
Roasting pan large enough to hold all six ramekins
2 quarts of hot water at the ready
Recipe by Anna Gill
6 to 8 beets, scrubbed but unpeeled
Salt and fresh pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Line a baking dish with foil. Place beets in the dish and sprinkle with salt & pepper
3. Roast the beets until tender, approximately 60 minutes. Test with a toothpick inserted into the middle of a beet. It should give way easily.
Recipe by Anna Gill
Makes 2 cups
½ pound roasted beets*(about 2 cups), cubed
2 tablespoons tahini sesame seed paste
5 to 6 tablespoons lemon juice
1 small clove garlic minced or pressed
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Generous pinch of sea salt or Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
1. Place all ingredients in a blender or a food processor and pulse until smooth.
2. Adjust seasonings according to taste.
3. Serve with warm fresh pita bread wedges, celery and carrots sticks, crackers or chips.
*See basic Roasted Beet recipe in this column.
Recipe by Anna Gill
6 to 8 red, yellow and purple roasted beets*, sliced ¼ inch thick
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons minced shallots
2 fresh mint sprigs plus 1 sprig for garnish
1 tablespoon softened butter
½ cup ricotta cheese
Salt & freshly ground pepper
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Butter a 1½ quart baking dish and set it aside.
3. Bring cream, mint sprigs to boil in small saucepan. Remove from heat. Cover and let the mixture steep for about 15 minutes.
4. Arrange sliced beets, alternating colors if possible, in an even layer in the dish. Sprinkle the beet layer lightly with shallots and salt, then dot with ricotta cheese.
5. Repeat until all beets have been used.
6. Strain cream and mint mixture over beets in dish.
7. Top with additional dollops of ricotta.
8. Bake until cream is bubbling at edges, about 20 minutes
9. Let sit 5 minutes. Garnish with mint sprig and serve.
*See basic Roasted Beet recipe included in this column.
In looking for a recipe to use all those hardboiled eggs from the weekend, we came across this, an old Pennsylvania Dutch recipe. Even though it's a cold soup, the weather forecast is for warm weather Saturday so we thought we'd give it a try. Let us know how you like it!
Makes 5 quarts (can be halved)
16 oz. pickled beets in strips, including the juice
1 large chopped onion
2 large diced cucumbers
10 cups of water
10 hard boiled eggs, chopped
3 bunches fresh dill, or equivalent dry
3 cups sour cream
Mix all ingredients together and chill for at least an hour. The flavors blend even better if left overnight. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Recipe by Kay Carroll
1 onion, chopped
3 cups peeled and chopped beets
2 celery stalks, chopped
½ red bell pepper, chopped
1 ½ cups chopped mushrooms
1 large cooking apple, chopped
2 Tablespoons canola or grapeseed oil
2 ½ quarts stock or water
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
Pinch of dried thyme
1 large bay leaf
Fresh lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Place the chopped vegetables and apple in a large saucepan with the oil and 3 Tablespoons of the stock or water. Cover and cook slowly for about 15 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.
2. Stir in the cumin seeds and cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining stock or water, the thyme, bay leaf, lemon juice and seasoning to taste.
3. Bring the soup to a boil. Cover the pan and turn down the heat to a slow simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes.
4. Remove the bay leaf and puree the vegetables in a food processor or a blender.
5. Return the vegetables to the saucepan. Reheat. Check the seasoning.
6. Serve into soup bowls. Garnish with swirls of sour cream and top with a few sprigs of dill, rosemary or thyme for color.
Recipe by Anna Gill
3 to 5 large beets
3 oz. soft chévre
3 tablespoons crushed pistachios
8 to 10 Thai or purple basil leaves
2 tablespoons minced chives (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 375º.
2. Wash the beets with a vegetable brush to remove tiny roots and soil. Dry them off and wrap them in foil with a little salt (see note).
3. Place the foil packet(s) on a baking sheet and roast for 45 to 60 minutes
4. Let the beets cool to room temperature.
5. Using the thin medical/kitchen rubber gloves, gently peel the skin off the roasted beets. Slice each beet into ¼ inch discs and place them on a plate.
6. Place the chévre in a small measuring cup and microwave for 30 seconds at a time until the cheese is soft enough to pour.
7. Arrange the beet discs on a serving plate. Pour a stream of chévre over the beets.
8. Sprinkle the beets with the crushed pistachios and a bit of the chives.
9. Garnish with the Thai basil leaves and serve.
NOTE: When mixing colored varieties, I wrap them in foil separately to prevent colors bleeding onto one another.
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