What do you do when it’s time to post and you don’t have anything interesting in the house to cook, your extremely tired and uninspired and you still have to make dinner too? Well that means it’s time to foraging through the cabinets and refrigerator to see what you have to work with. I did get to our Farmers Market this weekend, and bought a few odds and ends, so I did have some fresh veggies and apples. Hmmmm, all of a sudden I knew exactly what I wanted to make!
I have to say it turned out much better than expected and while it did have a few steps in the process, I think it turned out to be a perfect autumn side dish. It went well with the grilled chicken we had for dinner, and as I thought about it, I think it would have made a wonderful salad! Just add a little feta or blue cheese and set it on a nice bed of greens with a vinaigrette and you have yourself a meal!
- 3 red beets
- 3 golden beets
- 1 Fennel bulb
- 2 large apples
- ¼ cup walnuts
- sea salt
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- preheat oven to 375 degrees
- clean and peel beets, then cut into small chunks
- mix each color separately with olive oil, sea salt and pepper and place into roasting pan.
- cut fennel bulb into the same size pieces and coat with olive oil, salt and pepper, then place in roasting pan with beets.
- Place the roasting pan into the preheated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until beets are soft*
- While beets are roasting, peel and cut the apples into bite size pieces and place them in a saute pan with 2 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of brown sugar, and cinnamon.
- Saute apples for 5 minutes just to soften them up some, set aside.
- In another saute pan add one tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of brown sugar and mix well.
- Add the walnuts and over a medium heat coat the walnuts with the brown sugar mixture* tossing to get them completely coated.
- remove the walnuts form the pan and place on parchment or a plate to allow the sugar to set.
- When the beets are done, gently mix your compote together and serve warm.
We did enjoy this delicious compote, but I do wish I had gone out to get some blue cheese, that would have really finished this side dish! So the morale of the story is when your feeling tired and uninspired look around you and see what you’ve got, more time than not you’ve got the making of some wonderful dishes. What’s the saying out of necessity comes invention!
I’m starting to get a little excited about the Foodbuzz Festival, I did love San Francisco and can’t wait to see it again! In case you didn’t know, or as a gentle reminder..lol, I ws nominated for two Foodbuzz Awards which will be presented at the Festival, Most Valuable Foodie and Best Overall Blog I would greatly appreciate your support . so if you could please follow this link and vote here, for your favorite foodies. Remember voting is open to the general public so anyone can vote as long as you have an email address.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope your week is going well and your stomach’s are full, Till next time!