Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Check out these beets. This one was a quick mid-week meal, that came out of a "What do I have around?" moment. I had a big, old leek. I had a bag of mixed root veggies (there's a farm at the market that sells these 5lb bags of mixed random roots: various beets, sunchokes, purple potatoes, etc., for $3!) Came up with this. It's halfway between Vichyssoise and Borsht.
  • 1 big, somewhat old, slightly fridge burned, leek. Chopped.
  • 1 Red Beet. Peeled and chopped.
  • 1 Orange Beet. "
  • 1 Yellow Beet. "
  • 1 small Sunchoke. "
  • 1 Orange Sweet Potato. "
  • 1 Yellow Sweet Potato. "
  • 1 Quart Frozen Turkey Stock
  • 1 T Fresh Thyme
  • 1 C Cream
  • Sour Cream / Green Onions as garnish.
Saute the leek in a little butter a few minutes. Then in goes the turkey stock and 2-3 cups water. When boiling, in go the root veggies and thyme. 15 minute boil, then in goes the cream, 5 more minutes and it's done. Take it off the heat and hit it with a blender. (I used my stick blender) Puree the hell out of it until it's nice and smooth. Season to taste with black pepper and salt.

Either serve warm, or serve chilled. Garnish with Sour Cream and thin sliced green onions.

Fairly tasty for something that I made up on the fly, that just used stuff I had around that was going to go increasingly bad over Christmas, and didn't cost much at all.


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