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Pavé of Slow Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese With a Red Wine Vinaigrette
From Chef Patrick Robertson, one sixtyblue, Chicago, Il

Yield: 6 Servings

For the Vegetable Herb Stock:

  • 14 - 16 beets, medium-size
  • 1 cup red wine vinaigrette
  • 2 cups mizuna
  • 1 lb. goat cheese
  • 1 cup toasted hazelnut
For Red Wine Vinaigrette:
  • 11 shallots, peeled
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock or can broth
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 egg white
  • course salt and black pepper
Red Wine Vinaigrette:

1. Small dice or chop shallots and sweat in 2 tablespoons olive oil over low heat until tender. Remove and cool.
2. In separate pan, sweat carrot, celery, onion, in similar fashion as shallot. When tender, add red wine vinegar and half of the red wine. Turn flame to high and reduce until almost dry.
3. Add chicken stock and simmer for 2 minutes.
4. Remove , strain, and cool.
5. In bar blender, add cool chicken stock liquid and 1 egg white and half of cooked shallots.
6. With machine on, slowly add olive oil until emulsion becomes thick. Remove and add remaining red wine and shallots, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

Method and Technique:

1. Trim root ends of beets.
2. Line sheet tray with course salt 1/4 inch thick and place trimmed beets on tray. Note: Space so the beets do not touch.
3. In preheated 300° oven, place beet tray and roast for 90 minutes or until tender.
4. Remove beets, cool and peel outer skin.
5. Slice trimmed beet at 1/4 inch thickness.
6. Using 1 1/4 inch cutter ring, make disks from each slice.
7. Put goat cheese into pastry bag fitted with a star tip. When ready to use, place bag in warm oven to soften cheese.
8. Separate hazelnut into 2 pieces and place on sheet tray or roasting pan.
9. Place hazelnut in 350° oven for 4 to 5 minutes to roast. Remove and cool.

To Assemble the Dish:

1. Take 9 beet disks and lay out on work surface.
2. Pipe soft goat cheese using circular motion to cover surface of 2 disks.
3. Place 1 disk on top of each other, then top with a third plain beet.
4. When 3 beets have been completed, place in the center of the plate.
5. With a spoon, pour vinaigrette on top of beets and plate in a free form fashion.
6. Garnish plate with hazelnuts and mizzuna.

Please Note: this dish works nice with the addition of orange zest.
1. Using zester of knife, take thin strips of orange peel.
2. Blanch in boiling water for 1 minute to remove acidity. Remove and shock in cold water.
3. Add this to the dish in free form fashion.