My main purpose with this food blog is to show people that food from the dining hall CAN look and taste good, if you’re game for a little experimentation! The sandwich I made today at the dining hall had beets in it- yes, I know, many of you may look away because ‘beets’ isn’t exactly everyone’s favorite word. Beets usually elicit an ‘ick’ factor from me, but I’ve found that with a little heat and some honey glaze, the beets can be amped up in flavor. When the beets hit the grill, they become slightly sweeter and their bland taste diminishes.
Working up from the beets, I chose the other ingredients because of their taste and the play of colors that forms on the plate: the beets stand out against the greens, and the croutons provide some added crunch for a different dimension of texture to this sandwich.
All I can say is that I think you should give these purple, nutrient-packed roots a chance!
1/2 tsp pesto Mayo
2 slices of whole-grain bread (or any other bread of your choice)
3/4 cup mixed greens
4 slices of cucumber
1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
4 slices of beets
1/2 tsp honey
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp butter
- Toast the 2 slices of bread, spread butter on both and leave aside to use later.
- Coat the slices of beets in olive oil and place on the grill on medium-high heat, flipping after two minutes of cooking on each side. The beets should be slightly firm and should have changed color a bit. (Heating the beets will make them slightly sweeter, as opposed to eating them barely any taste.) While the beets are cooking, assemble the sandwich.
- Place the mixed greens on one slice of bread, followed by the cucumbers and the red one vinegar. Place the beets on top when they are done cooking and drizzle the honey on top. Add the croutons and finish off with the pesto mayo. Warm the sandwich in a panini maker for about 1-2 minutes (keep for longer if you want grill marks), and enjoy!
I hope you liked this beet-iful sandwich, it was a lot of fun for me to make and share with you! Let me know what you think and as always thanks for reading!