Monday, July 29, 2013

Pretty Beet Terrine

Beets are becoming more and more popular these days in many gourmet or new American  restaurants. I was introduced to beets in the form of juice last year and loved them ever since. Roasted beet salad is one of my favorite things to eat and I have been making it often. This time I wanted to try a different recipe to use up the beets I bought from a farmers market. As usual I saw some great ideas on Pinterest and I decided to make a beet terrine. I came up with the following recipe after reading other beet terrine recipes and looking at what ingredients I  had in my fridge. 

Some people have never eaten beets and this terrine may not be for everyone but it sure is a very pretty appetizer loaded with nutrients that are great for your body such as iron and antioxidants.

Ingredients :

3 red beets
2 golden beets
4oz soft goat cheese
4 oz mascarpone cheese
1 tsp honey
Salt & pepper
Honey & olive oil to drizzle
Basil leaves for garnish


Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash and peel the beets, then wrap them individually in foil. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 30-40 min till tender but not mushy so you can still slice thinly.

Meanwhile, mix the cheeses with 1 tsp of honey to obtain a smooth paste. This is going to be your glue between the beet slices. 

Once the beets are roasted and cooled, slice them thinly (about 1/8 inches) using a very sharp knife. 

In a loaf pan or container of your choice lined with plastic wrap, start layering beet slices starting with the golden ones then cheese paste sprinkling salt and pepper in between. Repeat the layering ending with the red beets.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night. Also place some kind of weight on top to press on your beets and help the terrine set and firm up. 

When you are ready to serve the beet terrine, remove the block of beets from the pan using the plastic to lift. Then slice the terrine. 

Drizzle with honey and olive oil ( I used lavender infused olive oil ). Also, if available, thin basil leaves strips  sprinkled on top will not only add color but also add flavor that goes well with this beet terrine. 

Hope you try this pretty terrine and enjoy it. It is not hard to make yet the end result looks like you spent hours trying to get this beautiful terrine.

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