Farm Fresh Pick of the Week: Beets

Friday, September 21, 2012 12:30

An Entree You’ll Never Forget

By Jackie Barrios & Casey Pukl

Not only are beets one of the most beautifully colored veggies that I know of, but they’re also versatile and delicious. Beets are a great source of iron, energy, and an immune system boost. These pocket sized vegetables have zero trans fat and are also conveniently low in calories. Executive Chef Kristen Burman found both a visually arresting and taste tantalizing way to enhance beets in this week’s Farm Fresh Pick, while Director of Restaurant Operations, Marc Canzoneri, found the perfect wine pairing!


Filet, Goat Cheese Ravioli, Beets Three Ways 
Roasted beets, Beet Chips, Beet Butter

To create this dish, Chef Burman begins by roasting medium sized beets in a 350 degree oven with a bit of oil for about 45 minutes to an hour. When the beets have cooled enough to handle them, peel the beets and cut them into bite size pieces.

Next, move on to your ravioli! Here in the Anthology kitchen, we use a pasta machine to roll out the ravioli dough. But when you’re making raviolis at home, the use of wonton wrappers works just as well. To create the filling, mix goat cheese with a bit of herbs and roasted garlic.

When creating the beet chips,  peel a another beet and slice thinly on a mandoline. Fry the slices at 300 degrees until bubbles no longer appear.

Lastly to  produce the sauce, juice a beet and place in a sauce pan with few minced shallots. Reduce until syrupy, and then add room temperature butter bit by bit until the sauce is as buttery as you would like. Cook steak to your personal preference. For an extra garnish, fry some asparagus  and serve!

Recommended Wine Pairing

Fritz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, 2008
Black Cherry, Cloves, Pomegranate

This wine is an Anthology favorite. It’s a well balanced wine that contains both elegance and complexity to be enjoyed. The simple framework of flavors helps the fruit flavors emerge while providing the sweet aroma of dried herbs.  Director of Restaurant Operations, Marc Canzoneri says, “This is a really flexible red. Pairing it with a combination of flavors is not an issue. It really pairs especially well with the goat cheese ravioli in this dish.”

This wine is usually only offered by the bottle, so don’t miss out on an opportunity to try just a glass this weekend! Plus, if you love it that much, you can always snag a bottle as well! You can pair this Farm Fresh Pick with any of the following fine-tuned musical offerings. Just click the links for tickets!



***TONIGHT***  The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra at 7:30 & 9:30

9/22  The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra at 7:30 & 9:30

9/23  An 80’s Party at 7:00

9/25 Anthology House Band at 7:30

9/26 Pat Metheny Unity Band at 7:30 & 9:30

9/27 Two of San Diego’s Best Indie Bands: Emerson & Talk like June at 7:00