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Beets With Orange And Almonds

Type: Vegetables
Courses: Side dish
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 lb 454g / 16ozBeets
  Juice of 3 oranges
  Zest of 1 orange
1/4 cup 49g / 1.7ozUnsalted butter - (1/2 stick)
  Salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste
1/3 cup 30g / 1.1ozSlivered almonds - toasted
1/2   Orange - for garnish
2 tablespoons 30mlCoarsely-chopped fresh chervil
  = (or 1 to 2 tspns chopped fresh tarragon)

Recipe Instructions

Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Trim the leaves off the beets, leaving about an inch of stem. Set the beets in a roasting pan. Bake until the skins are crinkled and loose and a sweet beety smell permeates the kitchen. Medium-sized beets should take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, small ones about 1 1/2 hours.

Peel the beets and cut into 3/8-inch cubes. Place the orange juice, orange zest, beets and butter in a shallow saucepan or a skillet. Cook over low to medium heat for 15 minutes -- stirring occasionally -- then raise the heat to high to reduce the cooking liquid, about 2 minutes. The beets should be coated with an orange glaze. Taste. Salt if necessary, and add plenty of freshly ground pepper.

Turn into a warm serving dish and top with the almonds. Squeeze the orange half over the cooked beets and garnish with the chervil. Serve immediately. This dish could be served as a side dish to meat. But it is so exquisite, so vibrant and delicious, that it deserves to be served as a starter in its own right.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

Each serving: 207 calories; 153 mg sodium; 31 mg cholesterol; 16 grams fat; 8 grams saturated fat; 15 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams protein; 4.09 grams fiber.

The Los Angeles Times, 09-04-2002


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