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Baby beetroot in cartoccio with ricotta and walnut salad


You'll need

2 baby fennel bulbs, trimmed, cut into 6 wedges 8 small red shallots 8 thyme sprigs 3 fresh bay leaves 1 rosemary sprig 50 ml olive oil 100 gm (1 cup) walnut pieces 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil 30 ml sherry vinegar 2 radicchio di Treviso, outer leaves discarded, inner leaves washed and dried 2 cups (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley (about 1 bunch) 200 gm ricotta   Baby beetroot in cartoccio 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 lemons, finely grated rind and juice only ½ bunch lemon thyme, leaves picked To season: freshly ground white pepper 12 baby beetroot, trimmed and scrubbed

Method

  • 01
  • For baby beetroot in cartoccio, preheat oven to 160C. Place a 30cm-square piece of foil on a work surface, brush with 1 tsp olive oil, scatter with garlic, lemon rind and thyme leaves, season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground white pepper. Place beetroot on top, wrap to enclose and seal well, then place on a baking tray and bake until tender (50 minutes-1 hour). Remove from oven, open bag and drizzle with lemon juice and remaining olive oil, seal bag again and set aside.
  • 02
  • Increase oven to 180C. Place fennel and shallots on a baking tray, scatter with herbs and drizzle with 50ml olive oil, season to taste and roast until just tender (15-20 minutes), transfer vegetables and cooking juices to a bowl.
  • 03
  • Meanwhile, scatter walnuts in a single layer on a baking tray and roast until lightly coloured and skins start to loosen (8-10 minutes). Place in a tea towel and rub walnuts with a tea towel to remove skins. Coarsely crumble and set aside.
  • 04
  • Combine remaining extra-virgin olive oil and sherry vinegar in a small bowl, season to taste and set aside.
  • 05
  • Coarsely tear radicchio, add to shallot mixture with beetroot mixture, walnuts and parsley. Drizzle with a little sherry vinaigrette, toss gently to combine and divide among plates. Crumble over ricotta, season to taste, serve immediately.

“This salad is perfect in autumn. I first had beetroot cooked this way at a little Moroccan restaurant on the island of Lipari (strange but true), and I love how the juices of the roasting all stay in the ‘bag’. I’ve served these beetroot with grilled snapper as well. The creaminess of the fresh ricotta and the walnuts complement the sweet lemon-infused roasted beetroots, which, along with the fennel, radicchio and roast shallots, produce the strong autumn flavours that I adore.”

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

Drink Suggestion

Light tart red such as dolcetto.

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