Around the world in 80 dishes No. 43: Pan-Roasted Beetroot, Soft Goat's Cheese, Mint and Broad Bean Salad
Ingredients to serve 4 or 2 as a light dinner
Thursday 21 April 2011
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 small ready-cooked beetroots, cut into quarters
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
A pinch of sugar
100g broad beans or soya beans (fresh if in season or frozen)
A bunch of mint, leaves only, finely shredded
75g toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
200g soft goat's cheese
A small handful of basil leaves
For the dressing
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon runny honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pre-heat a frying pan with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Put the beetroot into the pan and season with salt. Cook on a high heat for 6 minutes until the beetroot is charred on the edges, then add the balsamic vinegar, the thyme leaves and a pinch of sugar. Turn down the heat and allow the beetroot to colour some more for a further 3–5 minutes.
Remove the beets from the pan, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and add the ingredients for the dressing to the pan juices. Mix well and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
If the broad beans are frozen, put them in a heatproof bowl, pour a kettle of boiling water over them to defrost them and drain. Put the beans back into the bowl and lightly crush with the back of a fork, keeping some whole. Then add the shredded mint leaves and hazelnuts and pour over half of the dressing from the frying pan.
Scatter the warm caramelised beets over a big platter, crumble over the soft goat's cheese and scatter over the crushed broad beans and mint mixture. Pour over the remaining warm dressing and decorate with the basil leaves. Serve.
For a quicker alternative to chopping the hazelnuts you can wrap them in clingfilm and crush using a rolling pin or the base of a saucepan.
Taken from 'Home at 7, Dinner at 8' by Sophie Wright (Kyle Cathie, £14.99)
Life & Style blogs
Google Maps Pacman: company offers chance to play arcade classic on streets around the world
Google April Fools': company unveils backwards search engine and huggable digital assistant
Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
The Clove Club: The restaurant where you will pre-pay for your food
Apple Watch: What is it good for?
- 1 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 2 Google April Fools': company unveils backwards search engine and huggable digital assistant
- 3 I might be an MP, but that doesn't stop me fighting sexism with my breasts
- 4 April Fools' Day 2015: The best hoax news stories from around the internet
- 5 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
iJobs Food & Drink
£12500 - £36000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This established Wakefield Deal...
Competitive (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: our .NET Developers / Software Dev...
£25,000 - £30,000: Sheridan Maine: Are you looking for a fantastic opportunity...
£25000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Management Accountant - Manchester...