Decadent, expensive and luxurious food products attract the attention of foodies and wine-geeks without much effort. The focus today, however, is on a far less ostentatious or exclusive ingredient; today we’re going to look at 5 incredible recipes featuring beets; recipes that create pure magic when served alongside Pinot Noir.
Beets are one of those most-versatile ingredients that can be prepared to become anything from a light raw salad, to an unctuous and sweet side-dish; from pickled or ceviche style preparations, right through to dessert (where I’ve seen them used to produce to most incredible colour in crème brulée).
Over time, I have discovered that there is one wine in particular that seems to have a magical affinity this humble – but delicious – vegetable: Pinot Noir. When paired with Pinot Noir, I favour recipes that allow some of the beet’s natural sweetness come through, but that present acidity or bitterness in sufficient measure, as a sort of countervailing balance in the dish. Indeed, the benchmark acidity, freshness and cherry-pit astringency found in Pinot Noir (like this tasty example) are part of what I believe make it such a natural pairing with dishes showcasing the humble beet.
So without any further delay, let’s get cooking and look at 5 stunning dishes showcasing beautiful fresh beets – and perfect pairings with your favourite Pinot Noir: