Monday, November 28, 2011

it is beet about roasted beet salad with bacon vinaigrette?

i burst out laughing when i saw it was beet week at food network's fall fest.  don't get me wrong; i really do love beets.  but...oh man...beets again?  it was a very cool spring, summer and early fall here in the napa valley.  we had few hot days and the weather really impacted the agriculture.  everything was late...or non existent.  ( a friend in the wine business told me about the number of "zero crop" vineyards...happily most grape growers have crop insurance).  my csa box included beets almost every week.  so, beets...for six  can you say overkill?

look how big the beets were by the end of summer...compared to a "normal" sized beet on the right
i roasted beets, served them raw in salads, shredded for a version of coleslaw, peeled and chopped to add to smoothies (really delicious), juiced them, obliterated in a blender and added to pasta sauces, added to chocolate cake name it...i did it.  i think my favorite beet recipe was the roasted beet soup i told you about earlier this summer...i named it the most beautiful soup in the world.  the soup not only looks beautiful, it tastes delicious.

roasted beet soup
the csa box deliveries ended for the season in early november.  i vowed i would not eat beets again until spring.  then i received the email from food network announcing beets as this week's fall fest item.  eek..what's a girl to do?   add bacon, of course.  introducing my roasted beet salad with bacon vinaigrette.  easy, delicious, perfect for lunch or dinner and, at this time of year, the beautiful color is perfect for the holidays.  enjoy!

roasted beet salad with bacon vinaigrette

roasted beet salad with bacon vinaigrette
(4 servings)
4-6 medium beets,different colors if you can,  roasted (technique follows)
4 handfuls baby arugula, washed and dried
1 tbsp fresh italian parsley, chopped

bacon vinaigrette
3 slices of bacon

2 tbsp red onion
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp honey mustard
sea salt
freshly ground pepper

roast beets according to the directions in the post want some pink lentils with roasted beets?  when cooked and cooled, peel and cut into bit sized pieces.  place in serving bowl and toss with parsley, a pinch of sea salt and a pinch of pepper.

make vinaigrette: fry bacon in skillet until very crisp.  remove from pan, reserving drippings. crumble bacon and set aside.  add onion to pan and sauté until translucent.  add bacon fat and cooked onion to small bowl.  whisk in oil, vinegar and mustard.  add small pinch of pepper and whisk again.

top beets with 2 tbsp vinaigrette and the crumbled bacon. toss.  taste and adjust seasonings if needed.  place one handful each arugula on 4 salad plates.  mound beets on top of greens.  drizzle additional vinaigrette over salad if desired.  serve

now it is your turn to participate in fall fest. simply leave your beets tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below, and then go visit food network and do the same same. join the conversation on twitter at #cookingwith and be sure to check out these delicious sounding recipes from the other participating bloggers.  they will be posted on wednesday at noon:
Bay Area Foodie: Baked Beet Ravioli
Thursday Night Dinner: Roasted Beets and Walnut Encrusted Goat Cheese
What's Gaby Cooking: Farro Beet and Herb Salad
My Angel's Allergies: Roasted Beet and Potato Vinaigrette Salad
Cooking Channel: Garlicky Beet Salad With Walnuts and Dates
The Sensitive Epicure: Simply Sauteed Beets
FN Dish: Top 3 Beet Salad Recipes
And Love It Too: Raw, Vegan and Sugar-Free Red Velvet Fudge

Big Girls Small Kitchen: Beet Salad With Crispy Leeks and Bacon

so..what is your favorite way to prepare beets?  please share in the comments section of this post....thanks


diane padoven
napa farmhouse 1885
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Liz Hughes said...

That beet is huge! I love all the dishes you incorporated them into -my Mom use to have bumper crops of Zucchini when I was growing up - we had chocolate cake, soup, pancakes, parmesan... Totally overdose.

The salad looks beautiful and delicious.

Napa Farmhouse 1885 said...

thanks liz...i thought the huge beet was hilarious! i am just like your mom...i sneak vegetables in everything :)

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