Seasonal recipe No 10 – Baked beetroot with balsamic vinegar

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Trish, who is Camel CSA’s veg box packing supremo, recommends this delicious way of cooking beetroot from Jamie Oliver’s Return of the Naked Chef.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: about 1 hour

Serves 4

455g fresh raw beetroots, scrubbed
10 cloves of garlic, unpeeled and squashed
1 handful fresh marjoram or sweet oregano, leaves picked
salt, freshly ground black pepper
10 tbsp balsamic vinegar
6 tbsp olive oil

Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6. Tear off a strip of kitchen foil big enough to hold the beets in a parcel. If the beets are large, cut in half to speed up their cooking time; if small, use them whole. Place them in the middle of the foil with the garlic and marjoram, season generously with salt and pepper and then fold the sides of the foil into the middle. Before you seal the parcel, add the vinegar and olive oil. Scrunch or fold the foil together to seal at the top. Place in the preheated oven and cook for around 1 hour, until tender. Serve in the bag at the table.

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Seasonal recipe No 2 – Prickley Green beetroot salad Ⓥ

Camel Community Supported Agriculture’s second recipe is recommended by volunteer Penny Manders.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

2 large raw beetroot, grated
I large onion, chopped
110g (4 oz) sultanas
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
chopped basil
salt and freshly ground pepper
juice of 1 lemon
1 bunch spring onions, chopped

Mix all the ingredients together in a salad bowl.  Sprinkle the spring onions over the top and serve.

This recipe comes from Sarah Brown’s Vegetarian Kitchen.  You can cook the beetroot first if you prefer.  Try using some fresh raw beetroot with one of the newly-harvested onions from our vegetable box and garnishing the salad with parsley, again from the box, rather than spring onions.  If you dislike the taste of strong raw onion you could use a red onion, which has a milder flavour, or some chives instead.

There are some interesting recipes for beetroot on the Riverford Organics website, including this one for Chocolate beetroot cake.

For tips on how to prepare, cook and store beetroot have a look at the useful eat the seasons website.

If you have any beetroot recipes you would like to share, please let us have them.  Click on the comments link at the top of this post.

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