BEET, yes BEET Tartare (CleanCuisine)

This is a terrific recipe that always takes people unawares, as they are expecting “beeF tartare” but thank heavens it’s not! It’s well worth making for a dinner party as a little extra course, or as a side salad at a burger party, You won’t have had anything like this!

Serves 6 to 8

6 medium beets (about 1 1/4 lbs) (beetroot for my English friends)
1 good sized shallot, roughly chopped
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
a few drops of Tobasco sauce
1 tsp sherry vinegar
6 cornichons, roughly chopped,
1/3 cup capers, drained
1 tbsp good quality mayonnaise
2 tbsp Italian parsley, roughly chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash the beets, leave them wet and wrap individually in aluminium foil.
Place them in a roasting pan and bake for 90 minutes or until tender.
Cool the beets, peel and cut them into eighths.
Place the beets in a food processor with the shallot, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce,  sherry vinegar, cornichons and capers.
Pulse until the mixture is minced, but not pureed.
You may need to scrape down the sides between pulses.
Spoon the mixture into a bowl and stir in the mayonnaise and 2 tbsp parsley.
Taste and adjust the seasonings. You may need to add more salt and pepper, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce or Tobasco.
This will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days in a covered container. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Garnish with additional parsley and serve.

This is also a lovely thing to do. Serve a tbsp of the beet tartare on an endive leaf, then a small blob of sour cream, some grated orange rind and a leaf of parsley

1 Comment

  1. Robin Olson

    Well I'm a huge fan of beets. I can't wait to try this! The beet is incredible. For any of you who haven't read it, Tom Robbins wrote a wonderful book called Jitterbug Perfume and the beet is one of the stars. I've always loved beeF tartar, but to be honest, I'm a bit afraid of it. I'm very happy to have found this recipe! Thanks Belinda!


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