Winter Beets with Wild American Hackle Roe

Published: January 8, 2015 | By Jordan Vineyard & Winery
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Though this elegant appetizer recipe is topped with a quenelle of sustainable American “caviar,” the true richness lies in the savory, winter beet. Rich in color, earthiness and sugar content, beets are unmatched in flavor, and the complexity makes for a seamless pairing with Jordan Chardonnay.

Ingredients

For the Beets

  • 2 Chioggia beets, scrubbed and trimmed
  • 1 Tbsp grape seed oil
  • 1 cup coarse salt
  • 1 tsp Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 2 oz Hackleback Sturgeon Roe*
  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche seasoned with kosher salt
  • Fresh chives and chervil leaves

For the Gelée

  • 2 red beets (Cylindra or Detroit Red), juiced (approximately 1 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp aged Sherry vinegar
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 11/2 sheet gelatin

Instructions

serves 12

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. To make the gelée, combine red beet juice, Sherry vinegar and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for thirty seconds, remove from heat and set aside. “Bloom” the gelatin by soaking the sheets in a bowl of cold water for 5 to 10 minutes. (About 1 cup, or 250mL, of cold water per sheet.) Once soft, lift sheets from the cold water. Wring gently to remove excess water and stir sheets into warm beet juice until completely dissolved. Check for seasoning, strain and pour into twelve spoons or crocks, refrigerate to set. (This step may be completed the day prior to serving.)

While gelée is setting, toss Chioggia beets in grape seed oil to coat. Cover the bottom of a small heavy sauté pan with the coarse salt. Bury the beets half way and roast in the 425-degree oven until easily pierced with a paring knife (45 minutes-1 hour). Allow the beets to cool to the touch. Rub the skins off with a kitchen towel, slice thinly, brush with Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil, season with kosher salt and reserve.

Once each spoon of gelée is set, stack two slices of the roasted beet and top with a quenelle of caviar. Garnish with crème fraîche, chervil and chives.

* Hackleback Sturgeon Roe may be purchased online atcaliforniacaviar.com.