Thursday, November 13, 2008

Golden beets with fresh turmeric and ginger

This side dish is from ONE beet. One perfect, golden nugget so sweet I could eat the whole plate for dinner alone. I scrubbed and cubed it, steamed it, then simply dressed it in good butter, a splash of Norm's homemade Pinot vinegar, and some grated ginger and turmeric rhizome. A pinch of salt and red chili, e voilà.

This simple little plate begs for a curried lamb and fragrant jasmine rice, or maybe a nice paneer crumble and biryani. Tonight, though, I'll enjoy it in its own right.

22 comments:

MrOrph said...

Wow. That looks really, really good. I've never even seen a golden beet. You continue to impress me. I learn so much here.

Yeah, I thought I was going to learn how to make spaetzle. I have done it, but, it ah...well not so much.

Foodycat said...

Fresh turmeric? Wow! I haven't seen that in ages. Golden beets are so beautiful.

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

That must have been one huge ass beet!!!! Love how you topped it!!!

We Are Never Full said...

ohhh. nice side dish. i totally love golden beets but they are never for friggin sale in our normal grocery store. i've got to go to the 'rich, uber-white, anglo-saxon wanna-be farmers market' place that's a walk away. you know those type of stores...right?

peter said...

I have a hard time finding fresh turmeric since leaving the city. But golden beets, we got. Though the second planting was late, so they're still tiny. That dressing is money.

Núria said...

I have never had a purple beet and now I find out there's also a golden one!!!!! Side dishes can be main dishes when they are good and you are hungry enough... I could eat a whole bowl of patatas fritas.

By the way, don't know if you saw the answer to your last comment in my blog. Please be aware that Zorra= Bitch!

Syd said...

I've never seen a golden beet. My local Piggly Wiggly isn't exactly on the cutting edge.

Is it similar in taste and texture to a red one?

Heather said...

Donald - They're really pretty. They're kind of orange-ish around the middle, and just yummy.

Alicia - Asian market ftw (turmeric)!

Judy - It was one huge-ass beet. The size of a softball, and not at all tough or bitter for it.

Amy - Yeah, I think I know the place. Wink emoticon.

Jube - I keep mine in the freezer, along with my galangal. It grates better that way, too, and the flavor isn't compromised at all. (I can't believe you used a Fieri-ism.)

Núria - Oh my god, I'm so sorry! I blame Babelfish. We use a lot of small, furry, predatory animals to mean something sexy or cunning (minx, vixen, etc.). :P

Syd - Yeah, a little milder though. For people who don't like that "beet" taste (but don't mind the sweetness) it's a good gateway drug.

Lo said...

I love a good golden beet. I always roast mine, but that photo could persuade me over to the steaming side.

cookiecrumb said...

So, you had to go and make it even goldener.
Wonder where I might find a fresh turmeric.

glamah16 said...

Oh I like where you are going with it in the last sentance. It would be great with Indian food. Last time I got a golden beet was in spring here. I much prefer them to red ones.

cook eat FRET said...

i'm looking for a yellow beet today. fresh turmeric might be tough... whole foods?

Real Live Lesbian said...

That looks heavenly!

Brittany said...

I have decided you live in a food magazine spread, a beautiful layout of yummy food and plating. There is no way you and that food exsists in real life.

Heather said...

Lo - I was time-strapped, otherwise it's my favorite way, too.

Cookiecrumb and Claudia - Hate to double-reply, but Asian grocery stores are where it's at.

Courtney - Me too. They don't stain the cutting board nearly as bad, either. :)

Spiteful Chef - I thought you were just that Land Shark again.

Heather said...

Real Live Lesbian - I am so happy to be typing that. Thanks. :)

Brittany - I DO exist! In a childless world of free time and tolerant palates.

Peter G said...

I'll have mine with jasmine rice thanks...

James said...

That looks delicious. Is that a chanterelle above your head?

Choosy Beggar Tina said...

That was all from ONE BEET?! Are you kidding me? What do farmer's put in their fertilizer where you live, the souls of unborn children?

I'm a big fan of turmeric. I would love to get my hands on a whole root, but right now it's still the powdered stuff for me.

Heather said...

Petah - That seems to be the winning combination. :)

James - It is a chanterelle! I picked it myself in those very woods.

Tina - Yes, baby souls and kittens.

Sam said...

That must have bee a huge beet! I love the colour.

Brittany said...

I've had an Indian bug up my ass lately. I need to try this w/ the leftover tandoori chicken sitting in my fridge. Nommy.