Beetroot Pesto

Take a couple of round, muddy beetroot’s.
Cook. Cream. Spread, stir or dollop on what you fancy.. it’s florescent purple, it is full of goodness and just a spoon full is jam-packed with deliciousness to add colour and flavour to an abundance of foodie things.
INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 medium sized raw beetroots
  • a glug of olive oil
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 40g of pine nuts
  • 40g of parmesan cheese
  • a fistful of fresh basil
  • rock salt

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Drizzle the beetroot in olive oil, sprinkle with rock salt and cook in the oven on a medium heat for about an hour, depending on size. The skin should should bubble and brown slightly and the beetroot should be easy to slice through. 

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Whilst warm, rub the beetroot with a paper towel and the skin should come away easily. Make sure all the skin is removed and roughly chop the soft, deep purple bulbs.

Drop into a blender with the pine nuts, basil, finely grated parmesan cheese and a good glug of olive oil to loosen to the mixture.

then BLITZ!!!

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 Taste the paste and season as you like.
If the pink puree is simply too good to wait for. Toast a slice of thick, crusty bread. Smear on the beetroot pesto, top with goats cheese and dig in.

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For something a bit more substantial, mix a big dollop with hot, steaming pasta to change it up from the traditional green stuff. I topped mine with alfalfa and bean sprouts for a spot of greenery and side of crunch.

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Sterilise a glass jar by placing it into a hot dishwasher cycle and removing it whilst hot and steaming. Add the mixture and before tightly screwing on the lid, add another swig of oil on the top. 

Keep in the fridge and add use within 5 days. 
Some inspiration on how best to consume your concoction here

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