OK, so these are not exactly precious stones and not worth a lot of money...
However, sometimes I think that beetroots (yes,we are talking about vegetables here :)) are like rare precious stones which are not discovered yet. A lot of people don't appreciate their potential hiding under rough skin.
I looooooooooove beetroots. For their hidden sweetness and versatility- how you can match them with different tastes.
Today though , I wanted to give them main role.. And I find that this simple recipe from Jamie Oliver lets them really shine:
after Jamie Oliver's recipe with small changes
portion for 2 people
4 small beetroots (preferably young ones)
3-4 cloves of garlic (amount depends on your love of garlic :))
2 sprigs of rosemary
Preheat the oven to 200 C.
Lay ovenproof dish with baking paper, so the sides will be hanging over the dish.
Peel beetroots and cut in halves/quarters depending on size (note: sometimes I don't peel them at all, just wash and cut). Transfer to ovenproof dish.
Add garlic cloves and rosemary.
Seperately mix balsamic vinegar and oil . Pour over the beetroots. Add salt and pepper.
Fold the baking paper around losely.
Transfer to the oven and bake about 45-60 mins (depending on the size of beetroots - pinch them with the fork to check if they're ready).
You can serve these as main dish with good baguette and salad on the side. Or as a side dish.
Ruby red colour is just amazing, don't you think?