December 21, 2008

Roasted Beetroot with Pancetta and Rocket Aioli

By Andrew In Recipes

Funny how, given the fact that I detest most root vegetables (especially parsnips, turnips, sweed, sweet potatoes), that beetroot is one I do eat and enjoy with a passion. Perhaps the pickled, bright red beetroot from a ’70’s childhood installed a hidden love – despite the the stuff in the jars being far far removed from the fresh.

This recipe, one with more than a passing winter/autumn feel, comes from Australian Gourmet Traveller Food For Friends is designed to serve 6 as an starter or 4 as a light lunch. Or one greedy blogger with a little left over for the following days ‘light lunch’.

A choice of two wines are suggested to accompany – an Argentinean Torrentes or a South African Pinotage pink. Details on Spittoon.

Roasted Beetroot with Pancetta and Rocket Aioli

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Roasted Beetroot with Pancetta and Rocket Aioli

A warming autumn/winter dish - beetroot served with walnuts and bacon


    For the Beetroot
  • 4 beetroot each peeled and cut into 8 pieces
  • olive oil
  • pancetta
  • 1 tbsp Walnut Oil
  • 100g walnuts
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • rocket
  • For the Rocket Aioli
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 cup coarsly chopped rocket
  • 1 1/4 cups olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Roast the chopped beetroot, drizzled with olive oil, in a hot oven (200C) for 45 minutes.
  2. For the rocket aiol mix the egg yolks, garlic and rocket until finely chopped (being food processerless I did this by hand but a machine is recomended). With the motor running gradually add the olive oil until the mix is thick and glossy. Transfer to a bowl and stir n lemon juice and seasoning to taste.
  3. The recipe suggest a 250g piece of pancetta rind and excess fat removed and chopped into 1.5cm pieces but I utilised a pack of cubed pancetta. Fry in the walnut oil until lightly golden, ad the walnuts and heat through gently. Remove from the heat, add the cooked beetroot and balsamic vinegar. Mix well and serve on a bed of fres rocket with the aioli poured over.

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  1. maryann December 21, 2008

    Love your beet root dish!
    I tend to be like you. Not caring much for sweet potatoes and such. But I love beets. My mom used to make them in the summertime. A chilled beet and onion salad that was so refreshing :)

  2. catering equipment December 22, 2008

    I love beetroot. Need more recipes that use it! x

  3. Angela December 27, 2008

    I’m with you — parnsips? Blah. Sweet potatoes? No thanks. Beets? Heck, yeah! This recipe looks terrific!

  4. Jeanne January 21, 2009

    LOL – I’m largely the othe way round – give me anything but beetroot! But roasted is the one way that I do find it to be acceptable. Yours sounds pretty damn good…

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