Beets Two Ways
In this preparation, beets are served both cooked and raw in a pleasing juxtaposition.
Yield: serves 4
- 16 baby chioggia beets, trimmed
- 1 1⁄4 cups orange juice
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 1⁄2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1⁄4 cup honey
- 2 Tbsp. champagne vinegar
- Freshly ground white pepper
- 1 medium red beet, peeled and julienned
- 1 medium yellow beet, peeled and julienned
- 2 Tbsp. canola oil
- 1 Tbsp. thinly sliced flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 1 tsp. finely chopped chives
- 1⁄4 cup hopped pistachios
- Put baby beets, 1 cup of the orange juice, stock, red wine vinegar, half the honey, and salt to taste into a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until tender, 40–45 minutes. Cool, strain, and reserve cooking liquid.
- In a bowl, whisk together champagne vinegar, 1⁄2 cup cooking liquid, remaining orange juice and honey, and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Peel and thinly slice baby beets; add to bowl. Let marinate for 2 hours.
- Soak julienned beets in separate bowls of ice water for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, simmer remaining cooking liquid in a small pot over medium heat to make a glaze, about 5 minutes. Set glaze aside.
- To serve, divide baby beets between 4 plates, using a slotted spoon. Whisk together oil, parsley, chives, 2 tbsp. beet marinade, and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Drain julienned beets; pat dry; toss with dressing. Put dressed beets beside baby beets and drizzle with glaze; sprinkle with pistachios.