Beet and Goat Cheese Napoleon

Did anyone notice that weather has turned a bit.  Here in sunny Florida we did notice just a slight drop, not much mind you but a couple of degrees.  Lately I have been outside a lot taking nature photos.  We live in an area that has many lakes and five minutes from my house you are out in the country.  I will share some of these beautiful sites in a later post.  I need to run them through the photo editor first.

The other day at the library I found a cookbook by Wolfgang Puck – Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza, Pasta and More.    After browsing through the pizza recipes I found this beautiful Beet and Goat Cheese Napoleon.  I was intrigued with the whole idea as I had never attempted a Napoleon.  On top of that I assumed it was a dessert, at least all the ones I have seen on food blogs are desserts.  I am guessing that anything that is stacked could be called a Napoleon, am I right?

This Napoleon makes for a nice salad entree.  I have attempted to recreate this dish as close to the recipe as I could get.  A few changes in the oils, I used walnut instead of hazel in the dressings.  The s wasn’t a typo there are two dressings in the dish.

First off you need to roast the beets.  I roasted them in a bit of water for 2 hours and then peeled them after they cooled down.  The beets are then cut into 3 inch rounds about a 1/4 inch thick.  Since I am not a baker, I didn’t have a cookie cutter so I used a can and then placed the others on top free hand cut them.

The tricky part for me was cutting the finished Napoleons into thirds., especially when they are only thee inches around.  I did it though.  As I was typing in the recipe I noticed that I left out a step.  You are supposed to heat the goat cheese slices in a little oil and I didn’t do that part.  Ooops!  MIne cheese layer is a bit thicker than it should be.  That is what happens on a first try and not totally having followed the recipe.

As you can see here I use entirely too much cheese.  I will make this again and next time it will be much prettier and more even.  I think you will like this dish expecially if you like beets.  I loved how thew were poached in the vinegar and sugar muxture.  Plus the Citrus Vinaigrette that you pour around the beets was outstanding even though I used walnut oil.

Recipe -Serves Two

1 1/2 pounds beets

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 ounces herbed goat cheese cut into 8 slices (home made or store bought)

baby greens

1/4 cup balsamic dressing

1/4 cup Citrus Hazelnut Vinaigrette ( recipe at the bottom)

1 ounce toasted hazel nuts ( Iused walnuts)

Roast the beets until tender.  Allow to cool and then peel them.  Cut the beets into 1/4 inch slices and then into 3 inch rounds.  You should  have ten slices.  Save the trimmings for garnish.

Place the vinegar and sugar in a saute pan and bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar.  Lower the heat and poach the beets in the vinegar about a minute on each side.  Drain and allow to cool.

Heat the oil in a pan and saute the goat cheese slices very lightly on each side.  You don’t want the cheese to melt.

To build the Napoleon, place a beet slice on a plate and then top with the cheese.  Repeat until you have two Napoleons – each having 5 layers of beets and 4 layers of cheese.   Cut into thirds.

Dress your salad with the balsamic dressing.  Place your napoleon’s on two plate with the points facing out.  Pour a some of the Citrus Hazelnut Vinaigrette around the bottom of the beets and then add your salad greens.

Citrus Hazelnut Vinaigrette

1 1/2 cups orange juice

1 shallot minced

1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon orange zest

1/3 cup hazelnut oil ( I used walnut)

1/3 olive oil

salt and fresh ground pepper

Bring the orange juice to a boil and them simmer until reduced to 1/3 cup.  Cool.  In a bowl add all the ingredients and whisk until thick and well blended.

Thanks for stopping by and now I am off to make pizza.  Yeah!!


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22 Responses to Beet and Goat Cheese Napoleon

  1. Pingback: Napoleon cooking | Kiddygrips

  2. I think the dish looks gorgeous, especially due to the rich contrast of colors. I’m not a big beet fan though :( But I’d definitely try it though just because it is so pretty!

  3. Despite of what you said, I really think you did a wonderful job and this is really beautiful already! I love beets and always choose beet dish over regular salad. Citrus Hazelnut Vinaigrette is something I’m excited here too. Hazelnut flavor in vinaigrette? That has to be really delish!!!

  4. I’m speechless. And you know that NEVER happens to me. This is freaking fantastic.

  5. Beets and chevre is one terrific combination! Great photos!

  6. Suzi, this is absolutely stunning! It’s like a work of art!!!

  7. Suzi, this post inspired me to make some goat cheese… Love it! Thanks for visiting my blog, I posted some pasta, come see it… :)

  8. oh my gosh!! these are gorgeous! stunning, really!

  9. This is really a beautiful creation. I’ll wager the napoleons taste every bit as good as they look. I really have to try these. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  10. what a gorgeous stack, suzi! too much cheese is always welcome. i’m sure it would make for a great salad entree.

  11. Oh Suzi – what a beautiful stack of deliciousness! I really wish I liked beets! Although, I can see how I couldn’t love this! Great job improving upon Wolfgang’s recipe!

  12. I love beets and this looks so delicious!! Yum!

  13. What a gorgeous stack! Love your hazelnut vinaigrette.

  14. Love the Idea of this dish Suzi, it looks so delectable and formal. I d serve it for a special occasion or if I want to surprise some awesome chefs here in goa.

    the mplace where u live sounds nice. =)

  15. What a super gorgeous presentation! I would love to dig into it.

  16. Suzi, this dish is gorgeous! So pleasing to the eye…and the flavours must be wonderful. I will have to try this soon!

  17. Suzi!! Simply stunning! I mean it looks like Wolfgang Puck made it himself. I would never be able to pull this one off because you need a steady hand. I would have more of a leaning tower than a beautiful napoleon. :) Take a bow my friend! ~~ Ramona :)

  18. Why do beets have to taste so unpleasant to me when they look fantastic??

  19. Suzi this is a stunning presentation! I’d love to try that vinaigrette on some other salads also. Looking forward to your nature photos. Your pictures are always fantastic.

  20. I absolutely adore the presentation of this stunning dish my friend – the stacking is so perfect :)
    Lovely photography!

    Choc Chip Uru

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