Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for alternative Christmas vegetable sides – The Guardian

December 12, 2021 by No Comments

T-minus two weeks! But not too late in the day to suggest a few new sides for your Christmas table, I trust? I know I say that every year, but if Mariah Carey gets to sing from the same December hymn sheet, I’m going to as well. The vegetable sides are so often where it’s at, after all. The colour! The flavour! All the drama and deliciousness! As Mariah says, “All I want for Christmas is you-ooo.”

Gingery beetroot with peanut dressing, black sesame and chives (pictured above)

This dish, in which the earthy, sweet beetroot pairs very well with the salty peanut dressing, is all about the drama in flavour and appearance. If you want to get ahead, roast and marinate the beetroot the day before.

Prep 20 min
Cook 1 hr 40 min
Marinate 30 min
Serves 4 as a side

1kg small whole beetroot (about 10), topped
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and black pepper

3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
½ tsp maple syrup
20g fresh ginger
, peeled and finely grated
10g chives, cut into 3cm lengths
1 tsp black sesame seeds, toasted

For the peanut dressing
60g smooth peanut butter
1 tsp maple syrup
1½ tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp lime juice

Heat the oven to 240C (220C fan)/475F/gas 9. Lay the beetroot on a large sheet of kitchen foil, drizzle over a tablespoon of oil and sprinkle with a half-teaspoon of salt, and wrap tightly, so the beets are completely covered. Transfer to an oven tray and bake for an hour and a half, until a knife goes through the beetroots easily, then remove the foil and leave until cool enough to handle. Once cooled, peel with a small knife.

While the beetroot is roasting, make the marinade. In a large bowl, mix the vinegar, maple syrup and ginger with a third of a teaspoon of salt and set aside.

Cut each peeled beetroot into six wedges, toss in the marinade and set aside for half an hour.

Meanwhile, make the dressing. Put the peanut butter, maple syrup, soy sauce, lime juice and two tablespoons of water in a small bowl and stir until smooth.


Source: https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/dec/11/alternative-christmas-vegetable-sides-recipes-yotam-ottolenghi-chipotle-roast-pumpkin-charred-sprouts-gingery-beetroot-peanut-dressing


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