Salt-Crusted Beets

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The salt crusts give roasted beets a delicious salty herb flavoring.

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Description

These beets are baked in salt-and-spice crusts. Once cooked, crack open the crusts; the beets will have absorbed the flavor. Yum!

Recipe TypeSide Dish
Author: Johnson & Wales University
Makes: 3 servings

Ingredients

Horseradish Crème Fraîche

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) crème fraîche
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons sherry wine vinegar

Beets

  • 2 cups coarse kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel
  • 3 large unpeeled beets (each about 8 ounces); trimmed, scrubbed

Instructions

  1. To make horseradish crème fraîche, whisk all ingredients in a small bowl to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Mix coarse salt, horseradish, thyme and orange peel in a medium bowl. Place three 3-tablespoon mounds of salt mixture on a small rimmed baking sheet, spaced apart. Top each salt mound with 1 beet; then distribute remaining salt mixture over beets, pressing firmly and forming crust around each beet, covering completely.
  3. Roast beets 1¾ hours. Remove from oven; crack salt crusts open and remove beets. The beets will have absorbed the crusts’ flavor. Peel beets; cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange beet slices on platter. Serve with horseradish crème fraîche.

PER SERVING: 166 CAL; 4G PROTEIN; 10G FAT; 16G CARB (8G SUGARS); SODIUM (NOT CALCULATED BECAUSE KOSHER SALT COATING REMOVED FROM BEETS); 4G FIBER

Live Naturally is excited to partner with Johnson & Wales University. Vincent Armada, Dean of Culinary Education Jorge de la Torre, and Deanna Fontaine (l to r) developed these recipes. Known as a recognized leader in culinary education, JWU is changing the way the world eats. For info, visit jwu.edu/denver

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