Year-Round Recipes – Beetroot

These are the beetroot recipes I have tried and love and continue to make:

Beetroot, Apples and Pecans (from Hugh’s Three Good Things on a Plate by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall)

Couldn’t find a link to this one, so: thinly slice fresh beetroot and a sharp, tasty apple. Arrange on a plate, and crumble over some strong cheddar and toasted nuts (pecans if you like, I’ve used walnuts and almonds). Dress with vinaigrette (I do two parts olive oil, one part white balsamic vinegar, with a bit of salt, shaken in a jar). This is so good. Great way to get some last minute veg into your tummy very quickly.

Root Vegetable Slaw with Labneh (from Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi – best cookbook ever.)

So so good when you need something fresh in winter to break up all the stews and roasts and soups. If you haven’t made labneh just serve it with some seasoned yoghurt as the recipe suggests.

Cooked Beetroot

Small beetroots (golf ball size) only take a bout 20 minutes to boil on the stove. They take AGES to roast in the oven, big or small. Factor in this time.

Pureed Beetroot with Yoghurt and Za’atar  (another one from Jerusalem)

Don’t worry if you don’t have zaatar or don’t want it. This recipe doesn’t necessarily need it. You could use other small seeds and crushed nuts to flavour it but I think the yoghurt and maple syrup alone make it delicious. This recipe makes a lot, so be prepared to eat it in a big group or over several days.

Roasted Beetroot with Vino Cotto (By Maggie Beer)

Don’t worry if you don’t have vino cotto. Just use balsamic vinegar. And don’t worry if your beetroots look all shriveled after the roasting. They will be juicy and delicious still inside. You can cover them with foil if you want to avoid the shriveled look.

Beetroot in Sweets

So the flavour  of the beetroot in the Nigel Slater cake (link below) is barely perceptible but gives it a lovely colour and texture and the cake is just perfect – not too sweet or rich. Heaven while still warm with creme. Heaven. Good way to use up leftover cooked beetroot too. I don’t know that sneaking vegies into cakes is really a way to reassure yourself that your kid eats vegies… but hey, mine ate this.

Beetroot Chocolate Cake

What are your favourite ways to use beetroot?