When I saw this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe involved beets I wasn’t too excited. Beets and I have a love-hate relationship, starting with hate when I was very young and the only beets I ever knew were from a can. Eew! I have had some spectacular beets in the past year or so, though none prepared by me so I was a little leery of this recipe. Still, it’s DORIE so how can you go wrong?
I started by roasting the beets in the oven.
I *might* have roasted them a little too long. Next time I will err on the side of not quite long enough since I really prefer my beets on the crispy side. These were a teensy bit too soft but that’s hard to tell when they are in the oven. Also, looking at these pictures, I realise that they are very different sizes. Perhaps that’s the issue.
In any case, the dressing was pretty tasty, with mustard, honey, vinegar and olive oil (always a good combination) and I loved Dorie’s tip about soaking the red onions in water for a few minutes to remove the bitterness. The onions were much milder in flavour with no ugly aftertaste which I love since I think I love the *idea* of red onions more than their taste. This is a salad that needs to be served cold – I made the mistake of serving it when the beets were still a little room-temperature-ish and it was just ok. The following day, after a night in the fridge, it was much better.
Served with a home-made (from scratch) weisswurst (Charcutepalooza spoiler alert!), I though it was an elegant take on some of the dishes you might see up the street from us in Little Poland (aka Roncesvalles Ave in Toronto).
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This week I am proud to announce that my recipes and photos will be featured on a beautiful new food website – Gojee…
As many of you know, I am currently in Paris. I have a few posts lined up for the next couple of busy weeks (work and a conference) and will eventually get around to blogging about some of the fun culinary adventures I will be experiencing here. In the meantime, though, you can keep up with me through my Summer 2011 Flickr set. I will be updating this with day to day pictures (read: not all food photos!) fairly regularly so if you are so inclined, feel free to check that out!