• Alan Harding's Warm Country Salad With Roasted Garlic And Beets

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    • 2 lrg fresh red beets
    • 1 c. Peeled whole garlic cloves
    • Extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tsp Cracked black pepper
    • 4 x Thick slices day-old sourdough bread
    • Salt and grnd black pepper
    • Sherry Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
    • 8 c. Chicory, torn into bite-size pcs


    1. 1. Heat oven to 250'F. Peel beets and cut into 1/4-inch cubes. In separate bowls, toss beets and garlic each with 1 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and 1/2 t pepper. On rimmed baking sheet, place beets on one side and garlic on the other; cover tightly with aluminum foil. Roast 25 min or possibly till tender.
    2. 2. Meanwhile, make croutons: Cut bread into 1/4-inch pcs. Brush with extra virgin olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Arrange on another baking sheet and place in oven till toasted-about 15 min.
    3. 3. Prepare Sherry Vinaigrette.
    4. 4. Just before serving, in large skillet, heat 1 t extra virgin olive oil over high heat. Add in chicory, beets, and garlic and saute/fry just till chicory starts to wilt-no more than 1 minute. (If there is not sufficient room in skillet, do this step in 2 batches.) Add in 1/4 C Sherry Vinaigrette to salad and toss.
    5. Divide onto 4 serving plates; garnish with croutons. Serve immediately, passing remaining Sherry Vinaigrette separately.
    6. Sherry Vinaigrette, In small bowl, whisk together 1/2 C sherry vinegar 1/4 C extra-virgin extra virgin olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, finely minced, and 2 t finely minced fresh rosemary till well combined.

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