Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Salad: Roasted Beets & Sweet Potatoes



Ok, so I am corny. Since it's Valentine's day, I wanted to do a holiday appropriate post.

A chocolate souffle or a heart shaped cake might have been a better idea, but I chose roasted BEETS & SWEET potatoes.

You could always use the line "Honey, you're my SWEET POTATO, and my heart BEETS for you".
Maybe not.

Either way, this is a great side dish and made an excellent salad w/ some goat cheese on top and it's much healthier than that chocolate souffle.



Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Beets:

Peel your sweet potatoes and cut them into bite size cubes.
Do the same with the beets (a fun task).

On a rimmed baking sheet lined w/ foil, toss the beets with some olive oil, a splash of balsamic vinegar and kosher salt and roast in a 400F oven for 15 minutes.



After 15 minutes, add the sweet potatoes to the same baking sheet (they won't take as long to cook as the beets).



Drizzle the potatoes w/ the olive oil and kosher salt and roast with the beets an additional 30-40 minutes. The time will really depend on your oven. Mine runs very hot, so I took mine out sooner, because they were starting to get too brown, so keep an eye on them.

As soon as you take them out of the oven, splash with a tablespoon or two of white balsamic vinegar.

Serve as a side dish with some fresh cilantro or cooled on top of arugula with some goat cheese for a great salad.



(I will serve the chocolate souffle for dessert!).

Enjoy and have a happy Valentine's Day!
xxoo

16 comments:

mil said...

Dil,
I'm the first - so I wish you and Hen a very happy Valentine's day.
Great pictures in all your blogs,
delicious concoctions always.
Peeling beets sounds like a fun job.
Mil

The Japanese Redneck said...

I like corny.

Happy V'day to you and your sweetie.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I never thought of beets as romantic, but you've convinced me otherwise!

redleopard2853@yahoo.com said...

Happy Valentine's Day - Your blog is always a part of my day. Hope you have an enjoyable one. Debby in Tacoma

Lardon My French said...

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Joanne said...

Well, beets kind of LOOK like hearts, right? And sweet potatoes are the KEY to my heart. So this is perfectly fitting! Happy V Day!

kat said...

Oh come on I love your sweet potato heart beets line!

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Delicious, I'm sure...it looks it, even though there's no chocolate in sight ;)

Chris said...

how about this pick-up line i just made up:

whether it's po-ta-to or po-tat-o, you're sweeter than yams, and it beets me why you're my sweet potato.

haha. maybe not. i tried. that was definitely forced, unlike the recipe. it looks and sounds extremely tasty, thanks for a holiday appropriate post =)

Content in a Cottage said...

That looks like a delicious combination of tastes. Hope you and Henry have a great Valentine's Day...what's left of it.

Velva said...

Love beets ( I know they are a love em of hate em vegetable, I love them). Love sweet potatoes. What a beautiful pairing. This looks great.

I am visiting from Claudia's blog. She shared some amazing recipes from you. I needed to come over and say hello.

Velva

Jen_from_NJ said...

I am so making this Stacey! I have been a beet and sweet potato fanatic lately. Great combo. Happy Valentine's Day!

Carole said...

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. And there is nothing wrong w/ corny.

Thanks for the salad inspiration.

Simone said...

Hey Stacey,
Made this last night for my husband and he loved it! Served it warm with goat cheese over arugula.
My new winter salad!
Thank you!
Simone

Anadrol said...

I've been going through your blog for the last half an hour. Love the recipes and love the pictures even more. Thanks for sharing.

Anne

Sarah Rosenthal said...

I just made this salad,
added goat cheese on a bed of arugala. So delicious. Thanks so much for posting this one!