Monday, January 16, 2012

Roasted Beets & Carrots w/ Goat Cheese Dressing

I seem to have this craving for beets lately. In the winter I love roasting multi color beets w/ heirloom carrots and having them in the fridge all week for salads and other fun stuff.

In this recipe, you make a creamy dressing by whisking some goat cheese in w/ the vinegar & oil. Good idea!

I found some tiny little golden beets, not sure of the variety; a neat looking bunch of golden baby carrots, and some sweet red beets. We are in business.

The author also uses the beet greens in the salad, and says it is best to eat vegetables from the "root to the leaf" (sort of like head to tail).

Roasted Beets & Carrots w/ Goat Cheese Dressing: (adapted from Food & Wine)

1 1/2 pounds golden beets with tops
1 1/2 pounds red beets with tops
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, halved
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
8 ounces fresh baby carrots
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 large shallot, minced
1 ounce soft goat cheese, crumbled

Preheat the oven to 425°. Peel the beets and cut them into 1-inch wedges. Discard the tough stems from the beet tops and coarsely chop the leaves. Trim the carrots, leaving some of the tops attached.

Lay the beets and carrots with the halved garlic cloves in a large roasting pan.
Drizzle w/ olive oil and sprinkle liberally w/ kosher salt & pepper.

Cover with foil and roast for 45 minutes. I like to remove the foil and cook for another few minutes for crispy edges.

While the vegetables are roasting, heat a large skillet w/ olive oil and saute the beet greens until wilted, about 5 minutes. Season w/ salt & pepper.

In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and half of the shallot. Season with salt and pepper and whisk in the goat cheese.

Add half of the goat cheese dressing to the beet greens in the skillet and toss. Add the roasted vegetables to the pan and toss once or twice. Transfer the salad to a platter and drizzle with the remaining dressing. Serve right away.


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England Furniture said...

Thanks for this recipe for roasted beets and carrots with goat cheese dressing. It sounds like a wonderful dish.

Joanne said...

Can you PUH-LEAZE help me learn to love beets? I'm trying, I really am. I think it's because I've never had it with goat cheese dressing. That could be the key.

Trish said...

i just love the look of this dish. So colourfull- it must be healthy.
Adding to my "to try" list!

Rosemary said...

This recipe makes me want to hunt down golden beets.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Beautiful colors! I don't make beets enough, you always inspire me to go out and buy some!

Roseann said...

This is such a rich and colorful dish. If I could wear it I would!!!! rp

Oui, Chef said...

Craving for beets, huh? Maybe your pregnant? If so, lucky baby has a hell of a cook for a Mom! Beautiful looking dish.