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Saturday, 8 September 2007

Beetroot in citrus sauce

A long time since I provided a beetroot recipe, so here's another one we used to do rather frequently in the 1980s.

Ingredients:
about 2 lbs beetroot (no tops required)
water to cover
1 1/2 tbsp cornflour
1 lemon, rind and juice
1 orange, rind and juice
2 1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 oz butter



NB items 1 to 4 of the method should be done a bit in advance, or you can reheat beetroot that is already boiled and ready from another day.
  1. Scrub the beets carefully (we want to use some of the cooking water, so we don't want dirt in it).
  2. Put them in a pan and cover them with cold water. Bring to the boil and boil for about 45 minutes to an hour until tender.
  3. Drain off the liquid into a jug (we need about half a pint of this: the rest can go).
  4. Allow the beetroot to cool a bit, then peel them and slice them thinly.
  5. Mix the cornflour to a smooth paste in a jug, with a little of the cooled beetroot stock.
  6. Add further stock to make the sauce up to half a pint.
  7. Add the lemon rind and juice and orange rind and juice to the jug and mix well. Turn it into a large pan and heat gently over a low heat, stirring all the time until it thickens.
  8. Add the salt, sugar and ground cloves to the sauce.
  9. Add the butter and beat it in well with a wooden spoon.
  10. Heat the sauce to piping hot. Then add the beetroot and continue over the heat until the beetroot is thoroughly hot through.
  11. Serve hot as a vegetable accompaniment to strong dark meat or other winter meals, and with red wine. It goes well with Christmas dinner or on Boxing Day.
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