Friday, February 25, 2011

Stove-top beet casserole

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Enjoy the many health benefits of beets while using up left-over cooked chicken or turkey. The addition of Raincoast Crisps makes this beet casserole into filling brunch. In this instance, I used the fig and olive variety of Raincoast Crisps .
Beet casserole brunch with Raincoast Crisps

This highly-coloured beet casserole provides the nutrient value of two cups of cooked beet root. 

Fresh sweet peppers, shallot, oregano and thyme
Sweet peppers increase the amount of phytonutrients without adding starches or gluten. The aromatics -- thyme, oregano and shallot -- season the beets and poultry while contributing small amounts of vitamins (A and C) and minerals (calcium and iron).

The stove-top beet casserole is made in two stages. First, relish is made and set aside to enable the flavours to mingle. Next, the casserole is prepared in a saute pan on the stove top. When the casserole has been cooked, the relish may be spread on top  before serving, or it may be presented as an accessory to the casserole.

Chopped thyme


Ingredients (relish):
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
¼ teaspoon hot chilli sauce
½ shallot, finely chopped
½ of a 300 ml. jar flame roasted sweet red peppers, drained, chopped
2 tablespoons liquid honey

Chopped shallot

Preparation (relish):

1. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Combine. Set aside in refrigerator.

Relish prepared for beet casserole
Beet Casserole

1 cup chopped cooked chicken
2 cup chopped cooked beets
¼ green pepper, finely chopped
¼ yellow pepper, finely chopped
¼ orange pepper, finely chopped
½ shallot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 egg
½ cup commercial soured cream
1 tablespoon coconut oil
¼ cup fine dried bread crumbs


Beet casserole mixture and bread crumbs
1. Combine the first nine ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

2. Break egg and add to soured cream. 
Stir, then add to the combined ingredients
in the mixing bowl, folding all together.

3. Place coconut oil in saute pan over medium heat. When the oil has melted, add the contents of the mixing bowl to the saute pan, spreading it evenly. 

4. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and allow the casserole to steam in the saute pan for approximately 15 minutes. 

5. Remove the lid, sprinkle bread crumbs over the surface and allow to heat through for approximately 5 minutes.

6. Turn out the casserole to a serving dish. Spread prepared relish over the top.

Beet casserole side dish
A small portion of this beet casserole makes an interesting side dish to a main meal.

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