BAKED BEETROOT & HORSERADISH MORNAY

From Vegan Holiday Feasts: Inspired Meat-Free Recipes for the Festive Season by Jackie Kearney, published by Ryland Peters & Small ($14.95)
Photography by Clare Winfield Ryland Peters & Small

  • Yield: Serves 4-5

Ingredients

  • 6 yellow and red beetroots/beets
  • 700 ml/3 cups almond milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 7.5–10-cm/3–4-inch root of fresh horseradish, peeled and grated (or 2 tablespoons horseradish sauce from a jar)
  • 3 tablespoons pomace oil
  • 2 heaped tablespoons plain/all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1–2 teaspoons rock salt, to taste
  • ½  teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Cashew Cream (see recipe below)
  • 1 slice brown or rye bread, blitzed to rough breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon grated vegan Italian-style hard cheese

 

CASHEW CREAM

  • Making your own vegan cream is as easy as buying a carton from the shop, and the nutritional value will be far greater. To save on costs, buy unsalted raw cashews in large bags from an Indian grocer. The cream will keep for 5 days in the fridge.
  • 140 g/scant 1¼ cups raw cashews
  • 350 ml/1½ cups filtered water, plus extra for soaking
  • ½ teaspoon salt

MAKES 500 ML/2 CUPS

Directions

  1. Top and tail the beetroots/beets (do not peel) and place in a large pan of boiling water. Simmer for 30–40 minutes until fully cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190˚C (375˚F) Gas 5.
  3. In a small pan, heat the milk gently and add the bay leaves and grated horseradish. Bring to a gentle simmer, then remove from theheat and leave to poach.
  4. In a deep frying pan/skillet, heat the pomace oil over a medium heat. Add the flour and whisk to make a roux, cooking gently for 2–3 minutes. Strain the milk into a jug/pitcher, then pour slowly into the roux, a little at a time, whisking constantly until all the milk is combined and you have a thick and creamy sauce. Keep over a low heat and add the nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Add the cashew cream and stir well, then remove the sauce from the heat.
  5. Using gloved hands, use your fingers to rub the peel from the cooked beetroots/beets. Then slice the beetroot/beets into 5 mm/ ¼ inch-thick discs.
  6. Layer the beetroot/beet slices in a deep, ovenproof dish, and pour over the Mornay sauce. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs, seeds and cheese over the top, then bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes until the top is golden and bubbling. Serve immediately.

CASHEW CREAM

  1. Soak the raw cashews in filtered water for 2–3 hours. Drain and rinse. Add the rinsed nuts to the filtered water and salt, and blitz in a food processor or blender until completely smooth. Add more water to achieve the required consistency.

Note

This is a lovely accompaniment for a celebratory roast dinner. I love beetroots/beets. So did Tom Robbins, it seems. He wrote a series of weird and wonderful books in the ’80s and ’90s (remember Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Uma Thurman with her giant thumbs for hitchhiking?). One of my favorite of Robbins’ books had an entire chapter dedicated to the wonders of beetroots/beets: ‘The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admitedly, is more feverish, but the fi re of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.’ Jitterbug Perfume (1984). According to Tom, it could be the secret to immortality. I’m not sure about that, but I have noticed its resurgence on dining menus.

  • Yield: Serves 4-5
  • Ingredients:
    • 6 yellow and red beetroots/beets
    • 700 ml/3 cups almond milk
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 7.5–10-cm/3–4-inch root of fresh horseradish, peeled and grated (or 2 tablespoons horseradish sauce from a jar)
    • 3 tablespoons pomace oil
    • 2 heaped tablespoons plain/all-purpose flour
    • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
    • 1–2 teaspoons rock salt, to taste
    • ½  teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
    • 2 tablespoons Cashew Cream (see recipe below)
    • 1 slice brown or rye bread, blitzed to rough breadcrumbs
    • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
    • 1/2 tablespoon sunflower seeds
    • 1 tablespoon grated vegan Italian-style hard cheese

     

    CASHEW CREAM

    • Making your own vegan cream is as easy as buying a carton from the shop, and the nutritional value will be far greater. To save on costs, buy unsalted raw cashews in large bags from an Indian grocer. The cream will keep for 5 days in the fridge.
    • 140 g/scant 1¼ cups raw cashews
    • 350 ml/1½ cups filtered water, plus extra for soaking
    • ½ teaspoon salt

    MAKES 500 ML/2 CUPS

  • Directions:
    1. Top and tail the beetroots/beets (do not peel) and place in a large pan of boiling water. Simmer for 30–40 minutes until fully cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool.
    2. Preheat the oven to 190˚C (375˚F) Gas 5.
    3. In a small pan, heat the milk gently and add the bay leaves and grated horseradish. Bring to a gentle simmer, then remove from theheat and leave to poach.
    4. In a deep frying pan/skillet, heat the pomace oil over a medium heat. Add the flour and whisk to make a roux, cooking gently for 2–3 minutes. Strain the milk into a jug/pitcher, then pour slowly into the roux, a little at a time, whisking constantly until all the milk is combined and you have a thick and creamy sauce. Keep over a low heat and add the nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Add the cashew cream and stir well, then remove the sauce from the heat.
    5. Using gloved hands, use your fingers to rub the peel from the cooked beetroots/beets. Then slice the beetroot/beets into 5 mm/ ¼ inch-thick discs.
    6. Layer the beetroot/beet slices in a deep, ovenproof dish, and pour over the Mornay sauce. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs, seeds and cheese over the top, then bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes until the top is golden and bubbling. Serve immediately.

    CASHEW CREAM

    1. Soak the raw cashews in filtered water for 2–3 hours. Drain and rinse. Add the rinsed nuts to the filtered water and salt, and blitz in a food processor or blender until completely smooth. Add more water to achieve the required consistency.
  • Note:

    This is a lovely accompaniment for a celebratory roast dinner. I love beetroots/beets. So did Tom Robbins, it seems. He wrote a series of weird and wonderful books in the ’80s and ’90s (remember Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Uma Thurman with her giant thumbs for hitchhiking?). One of my favorite of Robbins’ books had an entire chapter dedicated to the wonders of beetroots/beets: ‘The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admitedly, is more feverish, but the fi re of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.’ Jitterbug Perfume (1984). According to Tom, it could be the secret to immortality. I’m not sure about that, but I have noticed its resurgence on dining menus.

  • Credit:

    From Vegan Holiday Feasts: Inspired Meat-Free Recipes for the Festive Season by Jackie Kearney, published by Ryland Peters & Small ($14.95)
    Photography by Clare Winfield Ryland Peters & Small

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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