Thanksgiving beet salad recipes
I've shifted my focus to Thanksgiving dinner recipes. I like to include a beet salad, but have already done beets with goat cheese and walnut twice (which I love, love, love). Any suggestions for a new take on beet salad? By the way, I have both Ottolenghi cookbooks but have not tried his beet salads, so feedback on the suitablity of those for Thanksgiving woudl be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Hi - I make a Finnish beet salad every Thanksgiving and Christmas as it is a traditional holiday dish in Finland (my spouse loves it) and it tastes pretty good (if you like beets, which I assume that you do!). See this link - http://christmas.food.com/recipe/finn.... There are a few variations, just Google "Finnish beet salad" and you will find them.
Two ways I've been making beets lately:
SWEET AND SOUR BEETS
Melt 1/2 stick butter with 3 Tbsp horseradish, 2.5 Tbsp maple syrup or agave, 2.5 Tbsp sherry vinegar, and salt, pepper and pickling spice to taste.
Add quarted baby beets and boil until reduced, about 5 minutes'
I like to serve this over the sauteed beet greens.
Roast full size beets with olive oil, and herbs of your choice, for an hour at 400 degrees. Cool and dice.
1/2 cup orange juice (blood orange if you can find is best)
1/4 cup cider vinegar
salt, pepper and oregano
chopped hot peppers of your choice, or red pepper flakes
1/2 red onion sliced thin, then halved into half moons
Throw all together and marinade overnight.
Jacques Pepin does a nice small plate salad of just beets with sour cream, a touch of vinegar, and chiffonaded basil. It's quite nice. I also think raw beet salads are a nice variation on the theme.