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Soba Noodles with Beet Miso Puree

Posted: July 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cooking | No Comments »

More CSA Adventures

I have had terrible luck cooking beets. They are always hard. I swear up and down that I cook them for an adequate amount of time, but I am cursed with turning beets to stone. I’m hoping to change my luck this year and so far so good.

It’s still early in the season, so the bunch of beets in my recent CSA box was manageable – four petite bulbs. Paranoid that just roasting them with the expectation that I’d be enjoying a tender beet salad would again be a let down, I searched for something different. I found beet hummus over at Not Without Salt.

At 11pm with beets roasting away in a bit of water and covered with foil, I distracted myself by listening to old Spilled Milk podcasts, allowing the beets a full 50 minutes of roasting. Ah ha! The beets were easily pierced with a knife and were tender. So I set forth with hummus making only to find (argh!) that I was out of tahini (bad beet luck strikes again!).

I did have miso. So to my four roasted, peeled, and chunked beets tossed into the food processor, I added a couple healthy tablespoons of white miso, a good tablespoon of toasted sesame oil, a teaspoon of lemon juice, a few glugs of olive oil, and black pepper.

The flavor of the puree reminded me of dressings used on soba noodle salad, which inspired this dish: soba noodles tossed with the beet miso puree, a bit of tamari, and garnished with green onion, kale kimichi and julienned radish. Yum. Yum. Yum. And it looks good too.

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