Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Easy and Impressive

We already miss seing Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow roving the country of Spain each week, tasting and seeing all this country has to offer. Their website, however, has some great recipes and here is just one if you need something both easy and colorful for your holiday entertaining.

Beet and Walnut Puree

Besides its amazing color, this dip has a wonderful combination of earthy ingredients. It's great with warm pita bread - or just with a spoon.

1 cup walnuts
1 pound beets, trimmed, boiled or roasted, peeled, and cut into large chunks
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons tahini
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Kosher salt

Pulse the walnuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add the beets and pulse until a rough paste forms. Add the olive oil, water, and tahini and pulse a few times, just until combined. Add lemon juice and salt to taste.

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