You may find this Hallmark holiday a little contrived, but if you enjoy a day that celebrates love in the middle of a frigid North Country winter here are some ideas for incorporating local beets into your Valentine’s Day menu…
I simply roasted beets (cut off top and tip, drizzeled with oil, wrapped in foil, tossed in a 375 degree oven for an hour plus…) and used the results for both dishes.
A very easy and heart healthy way to add a little Valentine pizazz to a meal is to simple slice the peeled roasted beets and cut out a few hearts. I used a cookie cutter but you could freehand the hearts if your crafty. These topped a salad, but would also be tasty served on bruschetta or even baked onto a white pizza.
These pancakes were slightly more time consuming, but a fun way to add color. I added 1 tsp of beet puree to 1/2 cup of pancake batter. After starting a typical pancake in a hot pan, you can simply pipe on little hearts of the pink batter. If you do not have frosting supplies, just add your pink batter to a thick plastic food storage bag and snip a little bit off the end. If you have little helpers, you could also make a few pink pancakes and a few standard pancakes and have them cut out hearts with a cookie cutter and mix and match the pancakes and pieces.
Thank you to Juniper Hill Farms for donating the delicious beets!!! http://juniperhillfarmcsa.com/