It was not to be. She served soup and salad and we never got to talk about all I usually want to talk about (besides books and movies), food. Specifically this glorious beacon of the south, the biscuit. If you are a devoted reader of this blog (mom) you'll recall I finally nailed a good biscuit recipe last spring. Why not make a savory sandwich out of it? Beets that are fried for a little texture, beet greens or arugula for crunch, red onions (pickled or not) for tang, goat cheese for creamy and balsamic for acid. If you have a bit of crispy bacon or pancetta on hand and want to add that too, I won't mind.
Biscuit Sandwich: Beet and Goat CheeseMakes 4 sandwiches (plus extra biscuits)
4 biscuits (from this recipe or one you like)
2 large (softball) or 3 medium (baseball) beets
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 small red onion, sliced thinly*
3 cups (approx.) beet greens or arugula, sliced into ribbons
4 ounces goat cheese
* You can quick-pickle these if you like that flavor - just combine sliced onions with 1/4 cup balsamic, 2 teaspoons sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Let sit for an hour before using.
- Preheat oven to 400ª
- Wash and trim beets. Place in a covered casserole dish with a 1/2 cup of water across the bottom and bake until tender (1 hour). When cool enough to handle, peel and cut into 1/4 inch slices. Lightly salt and pepper both sides.
- Heat two tablespoons olive oil in heavy frying pan until hot. Add beets in one layer and cook for 4 minutes or until a little brown. Flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Remove to a plate.
- Take pan off heat and add garlic and balsamic (careful, it will sputter and emit a nasal clearing cloud) - whisk to combine then add remaining olive oil and whisk again.
- Split a biscuit and layer in goat cheese (don't try and spread it or it will tear - just put chunks on the bottom), a few beet slices, onions and greens. Drizzle a few teaspoons of balsamic sauce over and top with the other biscuit half. Repeat with remaining biscuits.