#ValentinesDay – roasted beetroot ‘Amore’

As lovely as it is to go out somewhere special for dinner on Valentine’s Day, I much prefer a romantic night in. Light some candles, stream some cool blues and jazz on the Sonos, set a bottle of good champagne on ice. The menu? Steak’s always a banker for the main course and this roasted beetroot starter with St Auger cheese, walnuts and a tangy dressing is my absolute favourite. I’ve created this new ‘Amore’ style recipe presentation especially for Valentine’s Day in association with the Central England Co-operative.

Beetroot Hearts with St Augur

You will need…

  • Heart-shaped cutters as below.
  • 2 large beetroot, washed and dried. Choose beetroot the right width for cutting the heart shapes.
  • 40g St Augur or Dolcelatte cheese.
  • 6 walnuts (or a handful of hazelnuts if you prefer).
  • Fresh thyme leaves.
  • Dressing: a teaspoon of French mustard, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar, a pinch of sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon of honey.

AmoreTo make…

  • Preheat the oven to 200C.
  • Wrap the whole beetroots up in a loose foil parcel, place it on a baking tray and roast for about an hour and a half. Set aside to cool once it’s cooked.
  • Put the dressing ingredients in a small screw-top jar and give it a good shake to emulsify the oil, mustard, honey and vinegar. Check and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  • To prepare the beetroot, it’s best to wear rubber gloves so your hands don’t get stained. The skins should slip off really easily. Β If you prep it over the foil you can just discard the leftovers in it and then there’s no mess. Slice a little off the top and bottom of each beet so that they are flat and slice them carefully into 5 equal circles. Using a medium sized heart shaped cutter and a smaller one, cut 4 large shapes and one small one. Arrange them on a plate using the picture above for guidance.
  • Dot each plate with pieces of the St Augur cheese, chopped walnuts, a scattering of fresh thyme leaves and the dressing.
  • Serve at room temperature. Enjoy!

For more Valentine’s Day menu inspiration, check out their special Pinterest boards.

About Janet Davies @pigeoncottage

Food lover, author, cook!
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2 Responses to #ValentinesDay – roasted beetroot ‘Amore’

  1. Yum, perfect combination – and so pretty πŸ™‚

  2. Pingback: Your Valentine's Day Meal, Impress The One You Love With A Fantastic Starter | Cookery Ideas

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