Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CSA Week Seven - and cooking beets!

CSA Week Seven

4 Ears of Corn
1 Bunch of Beets
1 Bunch of Scallions
1 Bulb of Garlic
1 Candy Onion
1 Red Onion
5 Sunflowers
2 Sprigs of Basil
1 Cucumber
1 Bag of Lettuce
2lbs of Squash
3lbs H.G. Tomatoes
2lbs Potatoes
2 Jalapeño Peppers
2 Green Peppers

Our CSA is in full swing! Now, beets are something that people seem to love or hate, but here is a recipe that is sure to make you love them!

Roasted Beet Salad 
  • 1 bunch beets (3/4 pound without greens or 1 1/4 pound with), trimmed
  • 1/4 cup sliced natural almonds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large Asian pear
  • 3 cups lettuce of choice (3 ounces)
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Wrap beets in foil and roast in middle of oven until tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Unwrap beets and cool.
While beets are roasting, cook almonds in oil in a small skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until pale golden. Cool almonds in oil (nuts will get darker as they cool). Transfer almonds with a slotted spoon to a small bowl and season with salt.
Stir together shallot, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, salt, and oil from almonds in a large bowl.
Slip skins from beets and halve large beets. Cut beets into 1/4-inch-thick slices and add to dressing, tossing to coat.
Quarter and core pear and cut into julienne strips.
Arrange beets on a platter and drizzle with any dressing remaining in bowl. Top with mâche, then pear. Sprinkle with almonds.

Cook's Note: Beets may be roasted and tossed with dressing 1 day ahead, then chilled and covered. (Keep toasted almonds, covered, at room temperature. Bring dressing to room temperature before using.) Recipe by Epicurious.com, photo by thebestjuicereviews.com 

Another salad favorite is to roast beets in the same way, and substitute in walnuts, mixed greens, mandarin oranges, blue cheese, and Brianna's True Blue Cheese Dressing. 

Have a great week!

-SIW, your favorite local farm stand.

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