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megimoo
11-07-2008, 02:40 PM
CHILLED BORSCHT WITH SOUR CREAM
1 lb To 1 1/2 lb beets
1qt Water
1 1/2 ts Salt
1/4 ts Pepper
2 tb Sugar
1/3 c Lemon juice
Commercial sour cream
Wash, scrape and coarsely grate beets.Place beets, water, salt, pepper, sugar and lemon juice in a deep, 2-quart, heat-resistant, non-metallic casserole. Heat, covered, in Microwave Oven 10 to12 minutes or until beets are tender.Chill soup several hours or overnight.Serve cold, garnished with dollops of sour cream
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Try this summer time BEET SOUP -

Roast a bunch of beets in 400 degree oven for an hour or so until a knife goes in without resistance (like potatoes).

Then take that out and cool. Sauté sliced red onion and a couple sliced fennel in olive oil with some fennel seeds about 15 minutes.

Rub the slightly cooled beets to remove the skin and chop. add 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock. Simmer for 10 minutes or so then add the whole thing to a blender and puree.

Add a tablespoon of fresh orange juice and grated fresh orange zest. Chill soup several hours or overnight.Serve cold, garnished with dollops of sour cream . It was refreshing, delicious and an OUTRAGEOUS color - quite festive!
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The Beet greens with bacon are as good or better alone as the beets
Beet Green Gratin

Ingredients
1 tablespoon butter
12 ounces sliced mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound beet greens, cleaned and picked
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
4 egg yolks, beaten
1/2 cup or more of cooked crumbled bacon
1 cups ricotta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup crumbled crackers (recommended: Ritz crackers)
Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the mushrooms and garlic and sweat. Add the beet greens and mix well. Remove pan from heat. Season with salt and pepper.

In a separate bowl, combine the egg yolks, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, and salt. Combine everything and put into a lightly oiled 9 by 11-inch baking dish. Top with the crumbled crackers and bake for 30 minutes covered. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.