In fact I even made it last year - twice for a Christmas party served with pan-fried Sun dried Tomato and Rosemary Polenta that were shaped like Christmas Pine Trees. But that was not the Bourguingnonne that I would be making. Instead, I thought I'd try a recipe for Beet Bourguignon that I had seen on the Internet last year and logged it my head. Beetroot is not my thing, but my man loves the stuff, so it was with him in mind that I kept the dish in mind, plus the fact that I do like trying out new dishes and flavour combinations.
The Beet Bourguignon in question comes from Green Kitchen Stories. I do not have the cookbook: The Green Kitchen. It has been on my wish list since last year, but I am pleased that the recipe is available on their website. So with my fresh beetroot from the market - 2 bunches for £2.50 this is what I made with a few variations.
Its blatantly obvious, but I will say it anyway, the Beetroot Bourguignon was very red - not just from the bleeding colour from the fresh beetroot, but also from the red onion and purple top Milan turnip. The colour (and flavour) would have probably intensified further, had I used red wine, but I haven't had any red wine in the house for a few weeks, so it was omitted from my recipe.
Anyway, upon taste testing this Beetroot Bourguignon yesterday (its best made a day or two in advance), I can confirm it was not only rich in flavour, but utterly gorgeous, and this is a compliment coming from someone who is not a huge fan of beetroot.
We will be having this for our supper later this evening with mashed potatoes and then again tomorrow with griddled or pan fried thyme polenta wedges.
I am sharing this recipe with Fat Tuesday hosted by Jill at Real Food Forager; Karen over at Lavender and Lovage for the Septembers edition of Cooking with Herbs; My Legume Love Affair 63. MLLA was created by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook, and is now run by Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen. This September it is being hosted by Swathi of My Zesty Kitchen ; and finally Javelin Warrior's for his Made with Love Mondays.
Oh and talking about cats earlier, here is Moggy (the meowski that has adopted us ) eyeing up the competition.
Beetroot, Red Onion and Puy Lentils Bourguignon
200g Puy lentils or equivalent
2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, peeled and finely sliced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
4 - 6 small red onions, peeled and cut into wedges (or whole pearl onions or shallots)
4 large to medium beetroots, peeled and quartered
4 large carrots, peeled and sliced into large chunks
Optional: Purple Top Milan Turnip, sliced into wedges
2 sprigs of fresh thyme picked from the garden
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 pints vegetable stock
2 - 3 bay leaves
Cook the puy lentils in plenty of water, when cooked. Drain and set aside.
While the puy lentils are cooking. Heat the oil in a wide pan, stir in the sliced onion (not the red onion or shallots) and garlic and saute until soft and translucent. Then stir in the thyme, red onion (or shallots) and cook with the lid on for about five minutes, stirring now and again, to stop the onions from sticking to the pan. Then stir in the beetroot, carrot (and turnip), seasoning to taste. Cook for a few minutes for the onion mixture to coat the vegetables. Finally pour in the vegetable stock, tomato paste and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 35 - 45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Test this with a fork. When the vegetables are tender, remove the thyme sprigs and stir in the cooked puy lentils and simmer for a further five minutes or until the stew sauce begins to look thick. You can find the original recipe on the Internet, but I have linked it here.