June 01, 2011

Beetroot orzotto

 

It's been rainy couple of days here in Sydney, but as odd as it may sound, I'm quite enjoying it. It's particularly enjoyable when one doesn't have to go anywhere, just have a quiet home-office day and listen to the rain outside. On a day like today, I don't mind standing next to the stove cooking something that might take a bit more time to prepare. Whether it's chopping up vegetables to make a stock or stirring an orzotto like this, I find a comforting serenity in all of it.

This is a hearty autumn dish on its own or a nice alternative to serve as a side dish to fish or meat. You could also pair it with a couple of soft boiled or poached eggs or creamy goat cheese or feta. Served in anyway it's lovely not least because of it's beautiful colour.


Beetroot orzotto
(serves 4-6)


4 small/medium sized beets
1 1/2 cups pearl barley
2 green garlics, finely chopped
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 to 1 1/2 litres hot vegetable stock
freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon walnut oil

1. Wash the beets and cut out the leaves leaving a small stalk attached. Place the beets in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil, then let simmer for 30-40 minutes or until fully tender. Drain, slip off the skins and mash into a purée.

2. While the beets are cooking, start cooking the barley. There are a couple of ways to go about this. You could either sauté the green garlic, rosemary and pearl barley in some olive oil for a few minutes, then add stock OR just add the stock, pearl barley, garlic and rosemary into a large pan and bring to boil. Keep adding stock if necessary until the barley is fully cooked. This will take about 40 minutes. 

3. Add the puréed beets, olive oil and walnut oil into the barley and season with freshly ground black pepper. Simmer for a few minutes or just let it sit, covered, for 10 minutes before serving.

43 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful dish! I love the deep color and pearl barley is such a nice alternative for rice. Scrumptious. :-)

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  2. Such a gorgeous hue! I love beets - what a wonderfully hearty dish to include them in.

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  3. A great dish! That healthy and delicious combination is elegant in its simplicity.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. thanks for saying hi today on my blog and oh my goodness those beets just lend the most amazing color and it looks awesome!

    I looooove beets. And didnt even know this?! until my first CSA box with locally grown beets about 6 yrs ago. Now, i love em!

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  5. You're right this rice has got such beautiful deep red colour...! Is this a typical Finish dish? I know that beets don't have a strong smell and the taste is quite neutral too, this must taste delicious and is also perfect for something rather festive...!

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  6. I love beetroot and this sounds amazing. Diane

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  7. The rain sounds nice and relaxing when you put it that way. I love the texture of this dish and of course, the color.

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  8. Gorgeous, deep burgundy! Love the photos....

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  9. This is such a pretty dish and so healthy too!

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  10. Love the idea of beets and barley, so pretty and so tasty. Great combination. Have a wonderful week Maria :-)

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  11. This looks so pretty with the deep red color. I have just started liking beets since I roasted them. My husband has always liked them when his father grew them in his garden, so they would eat fresh beets often. I will try to make this recipe.

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  12. I love coming to your blog and seeing these beautiful and healthy dishes. I have never seen a risotto so vibrant. I wish we would get lots of rain here. It is soooo hot!

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  13. I always love beet dishes coz the color comes out so gorgeous.Love the recipe..I love beets so this is straight up my try list whenever I get a good bunch!

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  14. I love the look of this, and can imagine myself eating it with the egg and goats cheese....mmmmm

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  15. Working in your home and office whilst raining outside sounds delightful as does standing by the stove top cooking up something scrummy. This looks like a lovely dish.

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  16. That red is just gorgeous! Also, jealous of your home-office arrangement.

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  17. I love beets, one of my favorites. Mmm, with goat cheese or feta... yes I must make this.
    Beautiful photos as usual, the colors are gorgeous.

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  18. Very lovely dish and the color is so beautiful!

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  19. This plate looks lovely, what a beautiful color.

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  20. Oh I definitely agree! A poached egg on that would be gorgeous! I love beets and need to try this soon :) Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Mmm, this orzotto looks fabulous, I love the beautiful color of beets!

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  22. I love the color Maria- yet again another stunner!

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  23. Looks gorgeous Maria ..... a heart warming healthy dish to savor in a relaxing rainy day!

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  24. What a striking colour! I would love to try it with a good beef stock. I was loving the rain too, until I walked out of my flat to find myself surrounded by water... Wish I'd had a dinghy or something, because my shoes ended up FULL of dirty water :(

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  25. I mean, its just gorgeous. Simply breathtaking gorgeous. I love the use of the beets. Never seen beet orzo but now i know I have to try it.

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  26. What a great use for beets! I bet they're really delicious paired with barley...such a beautiful dish!

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  27. You come up with the most amazing creations! And what a beautiful color (my daughter would deffinately go for it :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  28. I love the beautiful color of beets!! have never cooked beets this way. does it taste sweet?

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  29. What a gorgeous and colorful dish! Great photos. :)

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  30. Maria, you make ANY dish so beautiful. I totally wish I have your artsy gene in me. Haha. I love beets and this is wonderful simple dish.

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  31. Thank you all for your comments!

    Cooking Gallery: No, not a Finnish dish although we use a fair bit of barley in our cooking too.

    Chinmayie: It has a wonderful sweet earthiness to it, if that helps :-)

    Maria
    x

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  32. I'm a big fan of beets, and this looks just perfect. I made a similar dish with quinoa recently. Love the color!

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  33. what a gorgeous color! and i especially love the rosemary in there. :)

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  34. This is beautiful. I've never had beet root before. I can definitely imagine this looking and tasting even better with a soft boiled egg and/or goat cheese!

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  35. This is such a lovely dish. The color is magnificent and I love the combination of oils you've used here. This is a recipe I must try. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  36. Mmm, looks like little pomegranate seeds - both delicious!

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  37. I love your blog! Shows how incredibly healthy food can be interesting and delicious!

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  38. Yum yum! Love a good beetroot dish. In fact I had balsamic beetroot for dinner last night.. drizzled with yummy goats cheese, walnuts, and baby rocket. Delicious!

    Thanks for popping in today. It was lovely to have you.

    x Charlotta

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  39. I love beetroots! This would def go fab with some goats cheese and a little garnish of rocket.

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  40. I love the color! I made a beetroot risotto a while ago that looked very similar. Next time I'll have to try using pearl barley.

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  41. Maria, although we're just in the beginning of spring here I also look forward to the change to cooler seasons and the chance to stay inside and not feel guilty.

    This orzotta looks amazing and vibrant and fresh. I can't say I've cooked with beetroot often but with a dish like this I could see that changing.

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  42. This is so inviting and your pics are just worth drooling ~ YUM!
    US Masala

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  43. I have done a beetroot barley before - the colors are exactly the same! :)

    The "crush" on the bread is as fresh as your little garden. I'm envious.

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