Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes, plus 1 hour standing time
Note: From Christian Shaffer. Red and golden beets may be used instead of the Chioggia beets.
6 large Chioggia beets, golden and red
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 cup good-quality olive oil
1/2 teaspoon toasted ground coriander seeds
1 shallot, minced
1 (8-ounce) carton creme fraiche
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh chervil, whole leaves or rough chopped
1. Boil the beets in enough water to cover, with 2 tablespoons salt, until tender, about an hour.
2. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, oil, coriander and shallot and set the mixture aside for 30 minutes. In another bowl, combine the creme fraiche, horseradish, one-half teaspoon salt and pepper and set aside.
3. Drain the beets and, while still warm, peel them. Slice them into wedges, about 8 to 10 per beet, and cool.
4. Pour the vinegar mixture over the beets and let stand, covered, at room temperature for an hour. Spoon the horseradish cream onto a platter, covering the bottom. Using a slotted spoon, mound the beets over the cream. Garnish the beets with the chervil and serve.
Each serving: 152 calories; 2 grams protein; 8 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 13 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 12 mg. cholesterol; 285 mg. sodium.