Caramelized beetroot tarte tatin
I just can’t shake off that Christmas spirit. As soon as December 1st arrived, the kids opened their chocolate Advent calendar and I started unpacking the Christmas ornaments stored in the attic. I had been eyeing the packed boxes for weeks, patiently waiting for the right moment. I couldn’t wait to meet our old friends again, the ballerina that Mia refuses to part with after every Christmas, the spaced-out monkey, the dog Hudson sadly broke two years ago, whose spirit remains intact ever since. And those cubes, my all-time favourite… For this special occasion, I wanted a to make a festive meal winning me back to childhood days. I made a caramelized beetroot tarte tatin, flavoured with red onion and balsamic vinegar. The deep-red velvet color is so theatrical, perfect for this magical moment . There I was, a plate on my lap with a slice of this tarte, enjoying each bite as the luscious crème fraîche generously coated the beetroots and croustillant pastry. May the holiday season begin!
Caramelized beetroot tarte tatin
800-900 g beetroots/ up to 2 pounds beetroots (approx. medium-sized 6 beetroots cooked and peeled)
1 large red onion (sliced)
2 tbsp brown sugar
40 g/ 3-4 tbsp butter + butter to line the cake pan
4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt & pepper (for seasoning)
For the shortcrust pastry:
200 g/ 1 & 1/2 cup plain flour
125 g/ 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and sliced in cubes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
3 tbsp cold water
In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Add the butter and mix using your hands until dough is crumbly. Make a well in the center, add egg and water. Mix well until dough is soft and form a ball. Roll dough on a floured surface, adding flour if necessary if dough is too sticky. With a rolling-pin, roll dough large enough to cover the cake pan.
Crème fraîche (or sour cream) – 1 tbsp per person
A large handful of chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 180°C/ 350°F
Remove the skin from the cooked beetroots and slice in quarters. In a large frying pan, heat the brown sugar. As soon as it’s starting to melt, add the butter and stir. Add the beetroots and red onion, fry (on a medium to high heat) for 10-12 minutes, until they start to caramelize, add balsamic vinegar, reduce for 2 minutes until sauce is thick and glossy. Set aside.
Butter a round cake pan, layer the beetroots so the surface is entirely covered (try to pick out the red onion for the surface layer) – make sure to ‘display’ them nicely as the tart will be inverted. Add the red onions and sauce. Place the pastry sheet on top and tuck in at the edges. Prick the pastry with a fork all over. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before turning it out gently. Place on a serving plate. (Don’t worry if a few pieces of beetroot fall out-of-place, you can simply re-arrange them like a puzzle).
This sounds unusual and delicious. AND I have some beets lingering in the garden! Thank you.
Great timing Mimi, there’s a pastry case in my fridge begging to be used. Caramelized beetroot? Sounds lovely! Will be a weekend recipe for sure. Btw, it’s your delicious French onion soup for dinner tonight 😉
Oh that sounds lovely! Enjoy the soup! Happy Saint Nicolas! Mimix
I adore that your dish reflects the deep, beautiful colors of the season!
Your photographs are inspiring!
I just caved in on the Christmas decorations yesterday. Wow was it a ton of work to get to them in the attic but oh so worth it. I am a bit upside-downaphobic but this sounds too tasty (and simple) not to try.
I’ve had a few savory tarte tatins, but never a beet root. Sounds and looks like such a lovely idea. Tomorrow I’ll have to grab some beets at the market and give it a try for lunch on Saturday. I’m having some friends over for lunch and will let you know how it turns out.
My cats and I enjoy the Christmas season, but don’t do much decoration anymore. We have a wreath on the front door and a creche on the dining table. The spirit of the season is ever present. Christmas blessings to you and your family.
Your ornaments are charming!
I get such a kick out of the fact that so many of the things currently growing in Medoc are growing 10 miles away from me in California. As always, thank you so much for the lovely writing, recipe, and pictures. I will definitely try this out!
I just harvested my first pile of beetroot from my garden and have been pondering what to do with them all. 🙂 I love this idea so much. 🙂
The beetroot tarte tatin looks so dramatic! It sounds delicious too. We’ve been holding off for the snow before pulling out the decorations, and I’m beyond excited that we’re supposed to get 6 inches of snow this weekend! That will really get me in the holiday spirit!
Wishing you a lovely festive start! Let it snow! Mimix
I want to make this tomorrow, so off to the marché. But: How much red onion do you use? You didn’t state in the ingredients list.
Bonsoir! I just updated the list – it is one large red onion (sliced). Wishing you a good week-end, Mimi
How much red onion?
It is one large red onion (sliced). I hope you will enjoy the tart! Bon week-end! Mimi
what a beautiful post. I absolutely love the image of your Christmas ornaments!
Ooh, this has made me excited about getting and decorating our tree. I love your ornaments!
Beautiful site and these photographs are stunning! Excited to try my hand at your Icelandic cakes- I have been to Iceland several times and am in love with it. Thank you for the conversions on your recipes! xxoo
You are welcome Kendra! Happy Christmas! Mimix
Now that you got me onto the savory tarte tatin bandwagon, I have to try this one too. I think our daughters (if that is who you meant) share a name.