RECIPE: Salt-Roasted Beets with Whipped Goat Cheese & Pistachio Vinaigrette

05/02/2014 at 04:40 PM ET

Aaron Rodgers Beer Cheese Soup
Lisa Predko 

Jimmy Bannos, Jr.
The Purple Pig
Chicago

Salt-Roasted Beets with Whipped Goat Cheese & Pistachio Vinaigrette

Serves: 2

1 lb. diced red beets
2 1/2 oz. whipped goat cheese (recipe below)
1 oz. toasted pistachios, chopped
3 cups (for roasting) plus 1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 oz. red wine vinegar
1/2 oz. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. dry oregano

1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

2. In a large baking pan, make a bed of salt place the beets on top. Roast in the oven until you can pierce the center of the beet easily with a knife, about TK minutes. Remove and set aside to cool down a bit. Once cool enough to handle, peel the beets and chop. Set aside.

3. For the red wine vinaigrette, whisk together the red wine vinegar, olive oil, oregano, 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper in a bowl.

4. In a large bowl combine the beets, salt, pepper, vinaigrette, and olive oil. Mix and taste. Add pistachios and mix well. Smear some of the goat cheese around the inside of the serving bowl, add beet salad, and top with the remainder of the goat cheese and more toasted pistachios.

Whipped goat cheese
1 lb. goat cheese
1 tbsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. pepper
3 oz. olive oil

In a mixer whip all ingredients together until light and airy. Be careful not to over whip.

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Why? Why roast Beets in a bed of 3 cups of salt? What is the reason?? That is #1 disgusting and #2 a waste of perfectly good salt and beets. Rub/coat beets with olive oil. Roast until tender when pierced. Splash with red wine. Sprinkle kosher salt and cracked pepper. Perfection. For added fun saute beet greens with shallots or onions and a bit of minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Two veggies for the price of one.

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Roast in the oven until you can pierce the center of the beet easily with a knife, about TK minutes. What does TK mean?

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