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Roast beetroot with hazelnut butter and watercress


Serves: 6
timePrep time: 15 mins
timeTotal time:
Roast beetroot with hazelnut butter and watercress
Recipe photograph by Brett Stevens

Roast beetroot with hazelnut butter and watercress


Serves: 6
timePrep time: 15 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
287Kcal
Fat
24gr
Saturates
8gr
Carbs
12gr
Sugars
12gr
Fibre
5gr
Protein
5gr
Salt
0.3gr

Annie Bell

Annie Bell

Annie started her career as a chef, and is now an award-winning food writer who has written more than a dozen cookbooks. Her recipes are always as beautiful as they are delicious.

See more of Annie Bell’s recipes
Annie Bell

Annie Bell

Annie started her career as a chef, and is now an award-winning food writer who has written more than a dozen cookbooks. Her recipes are always as beautiful as they are delicious.

See more of Annie Bell’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 1kg small raw beetroot, in a bunch
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • juice of 1 lemon, plus a few drops and wedges to serve
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 70-80g watercress
  • 1 tbsp hazelnut or walnut oil
For the hazelnut butter:
  • 50g blanched hazelnuts
  • 75g soft unsalted butter
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • sea salt

Step by step

Get ahead

Cook the beetroot and make the hazelnut butter the day before; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before finishing the recipe.

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C, fan 200°C, gas 7. Trim the shoots of the beetroot to about 1cm and the whiskery tail to about 5cm, and give them a good scrub. Put in a roasting tin and drizzle with the oil. Cover with kitchen foil and roast for 50 minutes.

  2. Pull off half the thyme leaves from the sprigs. Remove the foil then scatter the thyme leaves and sprigs over the beetroot. Add the lemon juice, garlic and some seasoning and toss everything together. Return to the oven, uncovered, for a further 5-7 minutes until the beetroot is tender. Leave to cool.

  3. Meanwhile, to make the hazelnut butter, toast the hazelnuts for 4 minutes in the same oven as the beetroot. Leave to cool. Whiz to a coarse meal in a food processor, then add the butter, a little cayenne pepper and sea salt and whiz again.

  4. In the roasting tin, halve the beetroot through the stems and turn to coat in the oil. Place them cut-side up in a clean ovenproof dish that holds them snugly. Dot with the hazelnut butter.

  5. To finish, preheat the grill. When hot, pop the beetroot underneath the grill until the nut butter is golden and sizzling. Meanwhile, toss the watercress with the nut oil, a few drops of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Serve the beetroot with the dressed watercress and lemon wedges.

Chef quote

Anything peanuts can do, hazelnuts can do just as well – here with the help of plenty of butter. This can be made well in advance, so it’s all very simple

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