Beetroots are the main component of this vegetarian carpaccio. The sweet, earthy taste of the red beets goes perfectly with the creamy goat cheese. And it doesn’t just taste great, it even looks amazing. It works very well as main dish, especially when served with some bread. But it is also works great as a starter.
Traditionally, carpaccio is an Italian dish, that contains thinly sliced raw meat or fish. It was invented in the 1950’s and named after Vittore Carpaccio. This Venetian painter used a lot of red and white tones in his paintings. This vegetarian carpaccio obviously doesn’t contain any meat or fish. But it certainly has those red and white colors, with its white goat cheese and red beets.
Beetroots are famous for their vivid color. This color comes from pigments called betalains. These pigments are also good for your health, giving beetroots the super food status. They do have one side effect however. One that might give you a bit of a fright: they turn your urine and poo red. So don’t worry, you’re not ill. It’s just the beets.
If you’re not a fan of all that redness, there are other options. Because beetroots don’t just come in one color. Besides red, they also come in yellow and orange. You can even have a striped beet, if that’s more your style. These varieties might be a bit harder to find in supermarkets, but you can always try to grow your own. We grow our own beets and they’re not a difficult crop.
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