Roasted Golden Beets with Wasabi Cream Sauce

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My earliest memory of beets was a salad my mother used to make on rare occasions when I was a very little girl, and that I remember with revulsion to this day (no offense to my mother who was actually a wonderful cook). It was sliced canned beets over a bed of iceberg lettuce with a small scoop of cottage cheese and drizzled with dressing made with Durkee’s sauce. The beets were slightly bitter and kind of watery and yuck, yuck—I really dreaded seeing that awful can of beets on the counter. Shiver.

My mother didn’t have access to fresh beets, which are now readily available and taste nothing like the canned. Red beets are beautiful, but messy to work with, so I scout for golden beets and when I find them, this is my favorite way to eat them—an idea that I got from the menu at Seasons 52 restaurant. Not having their recipe, I’ve made my own and here it is—a combination of sweetness and tang that goes well with any fish or meat.
Roasted Golden Beets with Wasabi Cream Sauce

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 or 3 large golden beets
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper
Wasabi Cream Sauce (below)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel the beets and cut into bite size pieces (1 to 1 ½ inch pieces). In a bowl, toss them with the olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper to taste. Toss again and then spread the beets onto a baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes and stir. Continue to roast until soft and nicely caramelized. Drizzle with wasabi cream and serve.

Wasabi Cream:

1 teaspoon wasabi paste
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup sour cream
1 ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoon soy sauce

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir until creamy and well combined.

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5 Responses to Roasted Golden Beets with Wasabi Cream Sauce

  1. My family hates (hated) beets so I am not sure how I grew up to like them! The fiance still has not come around, but I think this looks beautiful… if all we have a red beets do you think this will still work?

  2. Susan says:

    Rachel, this would absolutely work with red beets–in fact I think it would be even more beautiful to eat–I’m just partial to the golden because it is less messy to work with them.

  3. Joan Nova says:

    Great idea to give the sweet beets a hit of heat with the wasabi.

  4. Susan says:

    Joan, that’s what I thought when I had this at Seasons 52. Their wasabi cream was bright green and was beautiful with red beets. Don’t know how they did that though–my wasabi cream is kicky, but beige…

  5. marian says:

    Sounds wonderful….and I’m in the uh, beets, well, not my favorite club. I too had those canned red/grayish beets growing up. But this recipe sounds great.

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