Baby red beets cooked in cranberry juice, with ricotta, cumin and dill

Baby red beets cooked in cranberry juice, with ricotta, cumin and dill

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Mr Wilkinson's Simply Dressed Salads
Serves
2-4
Photographer
Jacqui Melville

I have no problems in saying ‘I love you beetroot!’ We cook them in cranberry juice to add to the natural sweetness of the beets, then finish them over a grill or barbecue to add a smoky caramelised flavour.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
14-18 baby red beetroot, no bigger than about 3 cm
1 litre cranberry juice
100ml red wine vinegar
20ml olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon honey
100g ricotta
2 teaspoons chopped dill

Method

  1. Give the beets a really good scrub. Trim the tops and keep these for a nice salad later. Put the beetroot into a pot, along with the cranberry juice and vinegar. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 22–26 minutes, or until you can insert a small sharp knife through the beetroot easily. Strain off the cranberry juice mixture, into a clean saucepan, and reserve.
  2. Now peel the beetroot – while still hot baby! – by rubbing them between sheets of paper towel, discarding the skins. Set the beets aside.
  3. Cook down the reserved cranberry juice mixture over a medium heat, until it has reduced to a balsamic glaze consistency (about 100 ml). Set aside.
  4. Place a large frying pan over a high heat. Add the olive oil, then pan-fry the beetroot for 3–4 minutes, or until browned all over. Add the cumin and toast for a further 1 minute, then add the honey and the glazed cranberry juice mixture. Cook for a further 3 minutes, then take off the heat.
  5. Spoon the beetroot into a bowl. Drizzle with half the cooking liquid, which makes a wonderful dressing. Dollop the ricotta all over and sprinkle with the dill. Enjoy warm.
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salad
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