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Categories: Sauces and condiments, Vegetarian

Golden Beet Caviar

A few weeks ago I attended a chef's potluck dinner in Northern California. Everyone who was asked to bring a vegetable dish brought a salad of red and golden beets, as did I. Last week in New York, one of ... Read more

Total time: 35 minutes plus 1 hour chilling | Makes 1 1/2 cups.
Note: During the summer when they're available, golden beets make a jewel-like "caviar," but when they're not to be had, I use red ones and switch from rice wine to balsamic vinegar. Best of all is when there's the opportunity to make three individual caviars using golden beets in one, red in another and Chioggia in the third for a stunning rainbow of color. I like to keep a supply in the refrigerator at all times. It's extremely refreshing and can be called into service as appetizer, relish or salad at a moment's notice.
  • 4 golden beets, about 1 pound, or mixed colors
  • 1 large shallot, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar (balsamic if using red beets)
  • 1 tablespoon Sherry or red wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Chopped parsley or chervil

Step 1Leaving 1 inch of stem and all of the roots, steam beets until they're tender-firm when pierced with a knife, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool, then slip off skins. Cut into chunks, then pulse 6 to 8 times in food processor until finely chopped, taking care not to turn beets into mush.

Step 2While beets are cooking, steep shallot in rice vinegar and Sherry with 1/4 teaspoon salt and sugar 10 minutes. Add some freshly ground pepper, whisk together and pour over beets. Toss and taste for salt. Toss again with parsley and chill before serving.

Each 1-tablespoon serving:
9 calories; 26 mg sodium; 0 cholesterol; 0 fat; 2 grams carbohydrates; 0 protein; 0.17 gram fiber.
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