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Balsamic beetroot with Roquefort and Sesame

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 by in NES Cooking |

This colorful and appetizing starter from Gordon Ramsay is perfect for winter family dinner. Sweet beetroot, sour vinegar, salty Roquefort and crispy sesame seeds… this combination is gorgeous!

I found this antipasti recipe in “Ramsay’s Sunday lunch” from “The F word” TV series and tried to make it by myself. It is simple and very… very… VERY tasty!


  • 500g cooked, peeled and trimmed beetroot
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 6-7 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 120g Roquefort
  • 1-2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

Step 1. I took ready for use baked beetroot from the supermarket, but you can also boil or bake beetroot by yourself.

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Step 2. Halve the beetroot, then cut it into wedges.

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Step 3. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the beetroot and fry it for 2-3 mins, tossing well to coat with oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Don’t forget that you will add salty roquefort!

Step 4. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook 1-2 mins longer, until oil-vinegar mix reduced to a syrupy glaze.

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Step 5. Transfer to a serving bowl to cool, then cover and chill.

Step 6. Use this time to toast sesame seeds. Tip the seeds into a clean, dry and hot frying pan for 2-3 mins, shaking often until the seeds are oily and golden.

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Tip onto a plate and leave to cool.

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Step 7. Chop or crumble the Roquefort (or goat’s cheese)

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Step 8. Put the Roquefort over the beetroot

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and sprinkle with the sesame seeds

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Enjoy with the taste!

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This antipasti can be done up to 1 day ahead. Remove the beetroot from fridge 30 mins before serving and add the Roquefort and sesame.


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