It's been a long time coming, I've been dying to make this dish. I was just waiting to get my dessert bowls that I made to get shipped to me in the mail from CA. Well, they arrived, are up for sale here, and are the perfect peice for presenting this dessert.
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Beets are one of my favorite vegetables. There vibrant color makes them taste as good as they look. A good beets will stand on it's own and be delicious just roasted. From there they can be a warm side dish, cooled and tossed on some greens with feta cheese, or pureed to be a pasta filling, or even better to liven up a cake or ice cream. Beets are naturally very sweet and very good for you! They are high in phytonutrients which are anti-inflamatory, antioxidants and detoxify. Don't forget to eat the greens too, they have a nice saltiness that adds to a salad. They are also great as a sauteed green.
And to fatten them up a little bit, I mixed them with milk and cream, to make....
Beet Root Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips
1 cup pureed roasted beets, about 1 large
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, chopped
Puree the roasted beets in a food processor of blender along with the milk and cream and puree together. Transfer to a saucepan and heat to a boiling then reduce to low, whisking the entire time. In a small bowl, whip the egg yolks and sugar till pale yellow and fluffy. Add about a half cup of the hot beet mixture to the eggs, and whisk to temper the eggs. Then add the egg yolks to the beet saucepan and whisk some more. Add the salt. Place the saucepan back on the burner and whisk until the mixture starts to thicken and increase in volume, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl, cover and place in the refridgerator to cool for atleast 4 hours or overnight.
Pour the custard into your ice cream maker along with the chocolate chips and follow it's directions. My manual one calls for 2 turns every 3 minutes until desired consistency, about 20 minutes.
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This ice cream is a sure twist on the typical flavors. The first bite was a little different, but one that I insisted on trying again. It grew on me quite quickly. The beets are nice and mellow and the chocolate pairs wells. I say give it a go.