Colorado Proud’s Recipe of the Month: Beets and burrata

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By Robin Young | PREVIEW Columnist

“Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.” If you are familiar with Dwight Schrute from NBC’s hit TV series “The Office,” then you know how often this character, a beet farmer, references this underutilized vegetable. 

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is featuring Colorado Proud beets and burrata for this month’s recipe, and you won’t be disappointed at how well the humble beet fits into your meal rotation.

Nutritionally, the golden beet is quite similar to that of red. They have similar carbohydrate, fat and protein content, and both are equally packed with potassium, a blood pressure-lowering mineral. The main nutritional difference between the two are the pigments, which provide nutrients commonly found in other yellow and orange vegetables. Vitamin C, vitamin A, beta-carotene, flavonoid and zeaxanthin are abundant in goldens. 

There are also some differences beyond basic nutrition. For starters, golden beets are sweeter in taste and less earthy in flavor. For those who do not like the taste of red beets, there’s a good chance you may enjoy golden beets.

Burrata is an Italian-style cow or buffalo milk cheese with a solid outer casing and a soft interior of stracciatella and cream, giving it an unusual, soft texture. This cheese pairs beautifully with the sweeter golden to create a delicious dish perfect for brunch.

Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different ag commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown and raised in the state. For May, Chef Jason Morse uses Colorado beets to complement the warmer weather.

“I must admit something, I love beets,” Morse said. “Maybe not so much when I was a kid, but as an adult I can’t get enough of them. The flavor is so amazing and connects you to the earth with that rich, earthy flavor. I crave them as a salad, side dish or just in a bowl. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I enjoyed making it. Happy cooking.”

Beets and Burrata 

Recipe by Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C.

Prep time: 10 minutes 

Cook time: 20 minutes plus rest time

Yield: Two salads

Ingredients:

• 12 each beets, golden, small 

• 1 quart apple cider (or juice) 

• 6-8 ounces burrata cheese, fresh, large 

• Rub-A-Dub Seasoning (all-purpose BBQ rub) to taste 

• Garden Rub (Bangkok-inspired rub) to taste

• 1/4 cup apple vinaigrette or your favorite vinaigrette

• Italian parsley, chopped as desired

• Balsamic glaze, dark as desired

Cooking directions:

1. Wash beets and trim off the stalk and roots ends.

2. Place into a medium-sized stock pot and cover with the cider/juice.

3. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until fork tender.

4. When beets are done, turn off the heat and cover the pan for 5 minutes to let the beets finish.

5. Uncover the beets and, using tongs, carefully remove the beets to a cooling rack.

6. Allow beets to cool for 10 minutes.

7. Peel the beets and quarter them.

8. Place beets into a mixing bowl and season with Garden Rub and Rub-A-Dub seasonings.

9. Add 1/4 cup of the apple vinaigrette

10. Mix well and let sit for 5 minutes.

11. Place mixed beets on the bottom of the platter.

12. Top with the fresh burrata, drizzle with balsamic glaze and garnish with chopped parsley.

13. Devour.

This brunch dish pairs well with a Cabernet franc.

Visit ColoradoProud.org for a complete list of recipes.

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