Top Chef Masters finalist Traci des Jardins creates a gorgeous cold-weather hors d'oeuvre with roasted beets, horseradish cream and rye toast.
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1 pound medium red and yellow beets, about 1 1/2 inches wide
Olive oil, for rubbing
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
16 slices of cocktail rye bread or sixteen 3-inch squares or rounds of thinly
sliced dense rye bread
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup crème fraîche
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained
2 teaspoons chopped parsley
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
8 red pearl onions, peeled and thinly sliced
Chervil sprigs and minced chives, for garnish
How to Make It
Preheat the oven to 350°. Put the beets in a small roasting pan and add 1/2 cup of water. Cover the pan with foil and bake the beets for 1 hour, until tender. Let cool slightly, then peel and slice them 1/8 inch thick. Drizzle with a little oil and season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, brush the rye bread with the melted butter and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes, until crisp.
In a small bowl, whisk the crème fraîche and cream until thick. Fold in the horseradish and parsley; season with salt and pepper.
In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar and 1/4 cup of water to a boil. Add the pearl onions and simmer over moderate heat for 1 minute. Season the onions with salt and let cool in the brine. Drain the onions on paper towels.
Arrange the beet slices on the toasts, overlapping them slightly. Scatter the pickled onions over the beets. Top with small dollops of the horseradish cream, garnish with chervil sprigs and chives and serve.
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