Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Beets For Dinner, Why Not?

 I recently made up a new salad that was so delicious and looked so good I decided to take some pictures and share it with you here.  Let's say it's related to my blog subject because, yes, it's probably has "High Fiber Content".  So, not turning into a food blog or anything, don't worry about that, this was just too yummy not to share.
First of all don't you love the color combination here?  Makes me want to get my dye stuff out and try and make a fabric that has these colors.
Here's how to make it:
Roasted Beet/Pear/Feta Salad
3 or 4 large beets, peeled and cut into less than 1" thick cubes or slices
1 firm Bartlett pear sliced
1 package crumbled Feta cheese, maybe 8 or 10 ounces
1 big red onion sliced
olive oil

Pre-heat oven to 425F.
Peel and cube the beets, lay out on a roasting pan , drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and dried thyme.  Roast for about 30 minutes, or until tender.
While the beets are cooking, cook the sliced red onion in the olive oil until slightly caramelized
Slice the pear into thin wedges
When the beets are cooked, place in a heat-proof serving dish, toss in the onion and pear as well as the Feta cheese.  Mix and toss well.  Serve when still slightly warm.  The pears will cook just a little bit absorbing the heat from the beets and the Feta will melt just a bit as well.
The only hard part of making this is making sure you clean up after yourself after cutting up the beets, the bright pink juice tends to get everywhere and it can stain so be careful.

This is so rich and tasty and filling and sweet and savory and just plain yum.  I made it when my teenager and his friend were agitating for dinner and they both scarfed it up and had seconds.  It's based on something I had recently at a very fancy restaurant and thought the combination of flavors was too good not to try and recreate.  I am not someone who has always loved beets, but I'm now happy to call myself a beet-lover.  Maybe you will be too if you try this.  Let me know if you like it!


Jaye said...

Love your header and I think your blog is looking really good. Will you make the beets for me next time I come over?

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Julie. Beautiful photos of your salad. What color! I've been favoring vegetables, salads, and fruits lately--great way to eat. Really liked your B-I-G quilt. Very fun!
best, nadia

Julie Zaccone Stiller said...

Thanks Jaye, and yes I'll make you beets.
Nadia I hope you'll try the beet salad it's really yummy.