Check out this Salt-baked Beetroot recipe from Tokara chef Carolize Coetzee – the perfect autumn comfort food. It would, of course, go best with one of fhe Stellenbosch wine estate’s full-bodied premium Shiraz. If and when you can get your hands on a bottle.
“Shiraz is one of those varieties that shows smoother, rounder textures on the palate than the classic Bordeaux cultivars. It is also less tannic and as such is a rather flexible friend in the food pairing game,” says winemaker Stuart Botha.
The new Tokara Shiraz 2018 vintage is well matched with Chef Carolize’s (pictured right) beetroot recipe, her autumnal take on carpaccio. Beetroot is both rich and earthy with subtle sweetness and caramelisation adding intense character for a perfect match with a more full-bodied red such as Shiraz.
“As a rule, beetroot pairs better with reds than with whites and one crazy thing is that the deep red colour of the beetroot fools the brain into believing this too,” Botha quips.
Family recipes, heirloom ingredients and memories conjured up by food, are the heart of Chef Carolize’s cooking. Her take on baked beetroot is nothing short of a joyous taste experience.
Chef Carolize’s Salt-baked Beetroot recipe
4 medium sized whole beetroot
800g coarse salt
3 egg whites from extra-large eggs
500g cake flour
Preheat the oven to 180C
Blend the salt & flour together in a food processor until fine.
In a mixer with a dough hook, mix the flour mixture with the egg whites and water until a dough is formed.
Wash and dry the unpeeled beetroot.
Roll out the dough until 5mm in thickness. Cut into big enough pieces and wrap around each entire beetroot.
Bake for 1 hour.
Remove from oven & cool slightly.
Break open the dough & remove the beetroot. Discard the baked dough.
Peel the beetroot, then rinse & dry with paper towel.
Cool & slice the remaining beetroot thinly.
Chef Carolize tops hers with raspberry, fennel, toasted walnuts & celery.
What to buy: Tokara Shiraz is available at a cellar door price of R125. For online purchase and delivery after the lockdown, visit https://www.tokara.com/products/