Sunday, 11 September 2011

Sticky & Sweet Roasted Beetroot

I love beetroot in all shapes, sizes and tastes.  When I was pregnant with no. 1 son, my grandmother could not pickle beetroot fast enough to cope with my cravings!  Today I tend to prefer my beetroot unpickled and I love it hot.  I found this recipe in River Cottage Everyday and absolutely loved it.  It is soooo easy and yet gloriously decadent tasting, sweet and delicious without the calories!

Preparation and cooking: about 1 hour 15 minutes


about 1kg beetroot
1 large rosemary stem, broken into little sprigs
1 head of garlic, broken into cloves, skin left on, each lightly squashed
3 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Peel the beetroot, cut them into thick wedges and place in a roasting dish. Add the springs of rosemary and squashed garlic cloves, trickle on the oil and season generously. Toss everything together, cover the dish with foil and roast in an oven preheated to 190C/gas 5 for 40 minutes [maybe less for our small Camel CSA beets], or until the beetroot is almost tender.
Remove the foil, trickle over the vinegar, give everything a good stir and return to the oven. Cook uncovered, stirring again once, for another 30-40 minutes or until the beetroot is starting to caramelise. Serve straight away or leave to cool.

I have also just bought the new River Cottage Veg Everyday cookbook and it is wonderful.  The couple of recipes that I have tried so far have been great and I will let you in on them soon.  But I do highly recommend it as a good read with mouth watering pictures and lots of easy and accessible recipes.  (And I didn't even get paid for that plug!)


  1. I sounds and looks wonderful, Fran, speaking of mouth-watering pictures.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. MMMM...beets! I loves beets! I grew a small batch in my garden this year. First time ever actually. They are divine and this looks good too.

  3. Looks delicious! Enjoy the beautiful day, Kellie xx

  4. I love beets too. This is the first year in a long time that I didn't grow any. I worried they wouldn't survive through the summer without watering, but I guessed wrong. With all the rain we had this year they would have done fine. - Margy

  5. Hello Fran, Thanks for joining up to follow my blog! I've subscribed to yours via email in an RSS reader so that I know when you've posted. Very intrigued to follow your adventures, I was a sailing woman myself before I moved to London, being brought up by the sea. This beetroot recipe sounds lovely, I'll give it a try as I LOVE warm beetroot! Have also just bought Veg Every Day and very impressed with it! V best, Caro

  6. Caro - Welcome aboard and good to hear from you. Do you miss being away from the sea? As much as I like the buzz of London, I love to come back to my little bit of the country and couldn't imagine not living near the water xxx