Beetroot is one of my favourite vegetables but also probably one of the most underrated. Lets be honest, most people will only recognise it pickled. And up until recently fresh beetroot has been relatively tough to get your hands on. Now it's not uncommon to see it in most supermarket veg aisles. And what a pleasure it is!
Beets are also seriously versatile; in slaws, soups, stews, smoothies, salads and even cakes. The rich, earthy quality of fresh beets is mouth-wateringly good and it's colour is divine, brightening up any plate.
So now I've bigged up the beets, let's get going! For my Beetroot & Horseradish Soup you will need:
5 medium-sized Beetroots
1 sprig of Rosemary
3 tsp Salt Flakes
2 tsp coarsely ground Black Peppercorns
2 tbsp fresh grated Horseradish, or The English Provender Co. 'Grated Hot Horseradish'
500ml Vegetable Stock
2 small sprigs of Dill
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp Capers
Set your oven to 190°c. Scrub the beetroots clean and chop off the head and tail of each one. Place a large piece of foil into a deep baking dish and curl up the sides so that you are almost creating a foil bag for your beets. Sit the beets in the centre and pour in the water all around them. Sprinkle over 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper and sit the sprig of rosemary on top. Seal the foil bag up then cook the beets for 1 hour 30 minutes.
When you remove the beets from the oven fully open up the bag then leave them to cool for 15 minutes or so. Once they are cool enough to handle move to a chopping board and peel off the skin. This should be easy to do by rubbing the edges down with your fingertips. If you are struggling then use a knife to carefully shave away the skin. Chop the beets into wedges and throw into a blender. Add the horseradish, vegetable stock and the remaining salt and pepper before blending well.
Pour the soup into a large saucepan to heat gently at a medium heat until steaming but not boiling, about 5 minutes. Season to taste. To serve add a swirl of Dijon mustard using a teaspoon, drop in the capers and add a sprig of dill.
Every ingredient here plays a major part. The winning combination of beets and horseradish, a lovely pair of roots, spiked with added mustard and capers. The capers acting like little flavour bombs throughout. Delicious - i hope you enjoy it as much as we did!