Saturday, January 15, 2011

Beet Cobbler

Beets in a pan

Here's the idea: take some of the most standard accompaniments to beets--hazelnuts, goat cheese--and put biscuits on top. The biscuits are taken from a peach cobbler recipe of my mother's, minus some sugar. I put in a leek, but an onion would work fine too. This is at least four or five portions.

  • 4 beets, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tbs. malt vinegar
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • a few ounces soft goat cheese
  • 1 large leek, chopped
  • olive oil, salt, pepper
  • butter for greasing

For the topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2-3 tbs. melted butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, or 1/2 cup yogurt plus a bit of water

Grease an 8-inch square pan (or something of a similar size) and put in the sliced beets mixed up with the malt vinegar and some salt. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and cook for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

Meanwhile, cook the leeks in a skillet over medium-low heat in olive oil with some salt and pepper until they're soft. Make the biscuit dough by mixing up the dry ingredients and then adding the liquid ingredients and stirring with a spoon or spatula. The dough should be like a very sticky bread dough, not a batter.

When the beets have cooked for 25 minutes, uncover the pan. Give the beets a stir, and put the leeks and hazelnuts on top. Drop handfuls of the dough on top of this, and scatter some blobs of goat cheese around. (When I did this I buried the cheese under biscuits because I was worried it would burn, but I don't think it was necessary.) Put back into the oven until the biscuits are done, 25-30 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and serve.


Joanne said...

Hey Toby, this Beet Cobbler sounds great! I do have a question: Is there enough liquid with the beets to create some sauce for the biscuits to soak up? something like a Harvard-style sauce perhaps?

Toby said...

Yes, or at least I think so. The beets give off some liquid and the leeks give off some liquid. But it's definitely not a lot of sauce, nor a thick sauce. Maybe some chicken or vegetable stock would be good? And maybe tossing the beets with a bit of flour at the beginning would give the sauce a bit of body?