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Roasted beets napoleon with cumin, heirloom tomatoes and avocado

Roasted beets napoleon with cumin, heirloom tomatoes and avocado
Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

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Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes | Serves 4
Note: This recipe is adapted from one by chef Jean Francois Meteigner at La Cachette.

Whole-grain mustard dressing

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons French whole-grain mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, extra strong
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup grape seed or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon water

Step 1In a bowl, combine the mustards, one-fourth teaspoon salt, one-eighth teaspoon pepper and the vinegars.

Step 2In a measuring cup with a lip, combine the grape seed oil and the water. Whisk the mustard-vinegar mixture until smooth, and then, while adding the oil-water mixture in a thin stream, continue to whisk. Continue whisking and pouring slowly until all the oil has been emulsified into the dressing. Use the dressing as needed. Keep it in a squeeze bottle, or small water bottle fitted with a squirt top, in your refrigerator. (Makes about three-fourths cup.)


  • 3 large beets, peeled and sliced into 1/4--inch thick rounds
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 large heirloom tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 medium avocado, peeled, pitted and diced small
  • Dash cumin
  • Salt to taste

Step 1Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place sliced beets in one layer in a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Pour the vegetable stock and the oil evenly on top. Cover the pan and roast until the beets are tender, about 40-45 minutes. Remove the beets from the pan and let them cool for 20 minutes. Reserve the pan juices.

Step 2Mix the red onion, diced tomato and avocado together with 1 tablespoon of the whole-grain mustard dressing. Add the cumin and salt, then stir.

Step 3Place one slice of beet on each plate and add one-half tablespoon of the tomato-avocado mixture, then another beet, then mixture, then beet, creating layers. Spoon one-half tablespoon of the reserved beet juice over each stack. Drizzle additional dressing over the top and around each napoleon.

Each serving:
400 calories; 3 grams protein; 18 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams fiber; 37 grams fat; 4 grams saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 653 mg. sodium.
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