Recipe 11 of 103
April describes this dish as being full of contrasts. The beets are warm and sweet, the smokey trout is salty, flaky and tender, then the creme fraiche joins in to refresh your palate.
Here is what you will need
3 to 4 bunches of baby beets (20-25) washed well
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for finishing
2 tablespoons nice thick good balsamic vinegar
maldon sea salt
6 or so skin on garlic cloves
6 or so thyme sprigs
1 pound whole smoked trout or packaged smoked trout
5 tablespoons creme fraiche
1/4 cup chopped chives
4 to 5 tablespoons Lemon Olive Dressing
Clean your beets really well, no need to peel them just scrub them really good. Leave an inch or so of the stems on for pretty rustic presentation and roots too. Pre heat oven to 400°
Put the cleaned beets in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with salt.
Put them in a baking dish, make sure to scrap all the oil from the bowl and pour over the beets, add the sprigs of thyme and the skin on garlic gloves.
Carefully pour a 1/2 cup of water into the baking dish be sure not wash off all the seasoning. Cover with foil and bake for about 50 minutes. Check every once in a while to make sure there is still water in the dish. After 50 minutes remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes until all the water is gone and the skins of the beets are blistery. When they’ve cooled, taste and add more salt if needed. Remove the beets from baking dish into a mixing bowl, leaving the thyme and garlic behind. If you need a quick snack at this point, smash that garlic on to a piece of toast. YUM…ok back at it. Drizzle the dressing over the beets and set aside.I was lucky enough to find a whole smoked trout at
whole foods whole paycheck, I went for this option because I know how to remove all the pin bones. If you’re not comfortable with this process buy it packaged, much easier. Here is a visual on removing the skin and bones from my cute little troutEasy right?
Assemble your beets, smoked fish and top with creme fraiche and chopped chives on a large platter or for individual servings. If you’re not down with smoked fish just enjoy the beets and the dressing, maybe add some goat cheese instead of fish. You could use any smoked fish you like for this also. April’s method for baking the beets was great, worked really well and yielded perfectly cooked beets with flavor.