"The use of sweet spices with the earthy beets sets up a dramatic and delicious contrast, while the presence of tangerine juice, and zest provides a welcome dose of vitamin C. The bright colors of this dish will brighten any friend's day."
3 or 4 bunches baby beets, such as red, golden, candy stripe, or Chiogga
3 T extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
3 T water
1/8 t ground cinnamon
2 allspice berries, crushed
1 whole clove, crushed
2 T dried currants
1 T honey
1 T grated or finely minced tangerine zest
1/4 cup tangerine juice
1/2 cup tangerine segments
1 T chopped fresh mint
2 t fresh lime juice
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Remove the green beet tops. Trim and discard the woody stems. Rinse beets thoroughly.
Put the beets in a large baking dish. Toss the beets with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the water to the dish. Cover with aluminum foil and roast until the beets feel tender when poked with a small knife or wooden skewer, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven. When cool, peel the beets by rubbing them between your fingers or with a kitchen towel. Set aside.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the roasted beets, cinnamon, allspice, and clove. Gently toss the beets with the spices until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the currants, honey, and tangerine zest and increase heat to high. Toss until the honey just begins to caramelize, being careful not to let it burn, about 1 or 2 minutes.
Add the tangerine juice and boil until the liquid is reduced to a thick syrup. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl. Add the tangerine segments, mint, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.
Serves 4 to 6
This salad is so pleasing... to the eye and mouth and would dress up any main course! All the flavors come together perfectly and the tangerine/ beet combination is mouthwatering. The spices are so aromatic, they filled my home with a sweet scent. I am excited to have found this recipe and will definately make this one again.