Autumn is in full swing and farm shops are full of amazing delicious, colourful veg. It is a time of year when eating organic food isn’t necessarily more expensive that the supermarkets – take these beetroot for example – £1.80 / kg for biodynamic locally grown beetroot compare to around £3 / kg in the supermarket. Personally I love beetroot but I think for many people it is a veg that they are not too sure how to use. So here are a few recipe suggestions:
ROASTED BEETROOT AND SALMON SALAD
This is a simple throw everything in the oven salad recipe which works well as both a main or as a side. It is also great as part of a buffet. If you don’t eat fish, use boiled eggs, goats cheese or just some walnuts.
500g fresh beetroot
3 tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper
2 salmon steaks
80g rocket / baby spinach / watercress
1 tbsp capers
Handful dill, chopped
Optional: 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2 tsp apple cider or red wine vinegar
optional: 1 tbsp grated horseradish / 1 tsp horseradish sauce
1 tsp maple syrup / sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180*c. Peel and dice the beetroot into 2cm chunks. Place the beetroot in a roasting dish and toss with 1 tbsp olive oil. Season with salt & pepper. Cover with foil and roast in the oven for 45 minutes. If you are adding hard boiled eggs, boil the eggs for 8 minutes, then cool.
- Remove the foil and add the salmon steaks. Drizzle over 1 tbsp of oil and return to the oven for 15 minutes until the salmon is cooked through
- Once cooked, place the beetroot in a bowl and stir through the capers, dill and salad leaves.
- Whisk together 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, horseradish if you are using it, the maple syrup and salt & pepper. Sprinkle over the salad and mix well
- Flake the salmon and sprinkle over the top of the salad. Top with a few more capers and some chopped dill
This recipe makes a delicious accompaniment to cold meats and cheeses, adds colour and flavour to salads (mix it with goats cheese, green leaves and walnuts) and is great with smoked salmon or trout for an easy starter. This recipe will make 2-3 jars of pickled beets.
500g whole raw beetroot
200ml red wine vinegar
1 tbsp (15ml) balsamic vinegar
75g light brown sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
1 tsp coriander seeds
Olive oil to top jars
* Beetroot stain so you may want to wear gloves
- Trim and wash the beets but do not peel or chop them (otherwise their juices will be lost when they are cooked). Place them in a pan of cold water, bring to the boil and cook until tender (20-30 minutes, a sharp knife should easily be able to be inserted into the centre).
- While the beets are cooking, peel and thinly slice the shallots.
- Once the beets are cooked, scrape off the skins with a sharp knife (they should come off easily). Cut the beets intwedges or slices, or alternatively, if the beets are small leave them whole. Layer the beetroot and shallots in a sterilised jar.
- To make the pickling liquid, place all of the ingredients in a pan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, bring to mixture to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Pour the hot liquid into the jars, ensuring that the beets and shallots are completely covered. Top with olive oil and seal immediately.
- You can eat the beetroot immediately or keep them for up to a month in the fridge provided they are covered in the pickling liquid.
BEETROOT AND CELERIAC REMOULADE
This remoulade is ideal with cold meats, toasted goats cheese or served with a quiche
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
5 tbsp mayonnaise
1/2 celeriac, peeled and grated
2 apples, skin on, grated
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tsp fresh dill, chopped
2 tsp dijon mustard
1tsp horseradish sauce
2 small raw beetroot, peeled and grated
handful chopped walnuts
salt and pepper
- put the lemon zest and juice in a bowl with the mayonnaise. Add the garlic, dill, mustard and horseradish and season to taste with salt and pepper
- Grate the apple and celeriac and stir through the mayonnaise (don’t leave the apple or celeriac sitting around as it will go brown – it needs the lemon in the mayonnaise to stop is discolouring)
- Grate the beetroot and gently stir through (be careful as it will turn everything pink)
- Scatter with some dill and chopped walnuts