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Wolfgang Puck's Roasted Beet Napoleon

A Classic Salad With Hollywood Style

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Servings:6
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

Chef Wolfgang Puck created the Oscar version of the popular dish, "Surf and Turf," created expressly for the 2002 Governor's Ball, the party where stars wine and dine at the Academy Awards.

Here is Puck's elegant beet salad, a perfect complement to such a menu.

Ingredients

  • Roasted Beet Napoleon
  • 2 beets (yellow or red, about 1 1/2 pounds), washed and trimmed
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 Herbed Goat Cheese recipe, cut into eight round slices, recipe provided
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups mixed baby lettuces, washed and dried
  • 1/4 cup Citrus Hazelnut Vinaigrette, recipe provided
  • 1 ounce Toasted Hazelnut, coarsely chopped, recipe provided
  • Citrus Hazelnut Vinaigrette
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1 shallot, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/3 cup hazelnut oil
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Herbed Goat Cheese
  • 2 teaspoons fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 log of goat cheese (7 or 8 ounces)
  • Toasted Hazelnuts
  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

    Place the beets in a small roasting pan and pour in enough cold water to reach about one quarter of the way up the sides of the beets.

    Cover the pan with foil, and roast the beets until they are tender, 2 hours to 2 hours and 15 minutes. To check for doneness, gently insert a bamboo skewer into a beet. The skewer should slide through easily. Remove the beets from the pan, allow to cool, and then peel. 4. Cut each beet into 1/4 inch-thick round slices. Cut each slice with a 3 inch round cookie cutter. (You will need ten rounds). Cut trimmings into 1/4 inch dice and reserve 1/2 cup for garnish.

    In a saute pan, bring vinegar and sugar to a boil. Lower to a simmer and poach beets one minute on each side. With a slotted spatula, remove and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

    When ready to assemble, heat the olive oil in a small saute pan. Arrange the slices of Herbed Goat Cheese in the pan and warm slightly, turning them with a small spatula just to warm both sides. This has to be done quickly, or the cheese will melt.

    To assemble the napoleons, place one of the beet rounds on a firm, flat surface and begin to layer. Top with a slice of goat cheese, then another beet round, a second slice of cheese, another beet round, a third slice of cheese, and a beet round. (Continue until you have four layers of beets and four layers of cheese.)

    Carefully cut through layers, dividing into three wedges. Repeat with the remaining beets and cheese.

    To serve, arrange three of the wedges, pointed ends facing out, in a circle in the center of each plate. Toss the baby lettuces with one half of the Citrus hazelnut Vinaigrette and mound half of the lettuces on top of each arranged napoleon. Drizzle the other half of the Citrus Hazelnut Vinaigrette around each mound. Sprinkle toasted nuts and reserved diced beets on top. Serve immediately.

    Note: Sometimes, we garnish this with chilled blanched asparagus and blood orange segments depending on the season.

    Citrus Hazelnut Vinaigrette

    In a medium saucepan, bring orange juice to a boil. Lower to a simmer and reduce until only 1/3 cup remains. Cool to room temperature.

    In a medium bowl, combine orange juice, shallot, thyme, vinegar and orange zest.

    Slowly whisk in both oils until thick and emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until needed.

    Yield: Makes 1 1/3 cups

    Herbed Goat Cheese

    In a medium saucepan, bring orange juice to a boil. Lower to a simmer and reduce until only 1/3 cup remains. Cool to room temperature.

    In a medium bowl, combine orange juice, shallot, thyme, vinegar and orange zest.

    Slowly whisk in both oils until thick and emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until needed.

    Yield: Makes 1 1/3 cups

    Toasted Hazelnuts

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Arrange the hazelnuts on a medium baking tray and toast for 10 to 12 minutes, turning after 5 minutes. (This can be done in a toaster oven).

    Remove to a clean towel and rub to remove as much of the skin as possible.

    Chop coarsely and use when needed.

    Yield: Makes 1 cup

    Recipes courtesy of Wolfgang Puck, copyright © 2002.


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