Charcoal Roasted Beets and Red Onions
6 small fresh beets, trimmed of all but 2 inches of greens and unpeeled
2 medium red onions, unpeeled
2 tablespoons olive oil, extra
1/3 cup chicken broth
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste
Prepare a moderately hot charcoal fire in a grill unit that has a cover. Place
beets and red onions in a 10 inch cast iron skillet and drizzle with olive oil.
Place skillet on grill rack over fire, cover the grill unit and roast the
vegetables 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the size of the vegetables. You may
have to cook the beets a little longer than the onions. The onions should be
soft to the touch and a fork should pierce the beets easily.
Alternately, you can roast the beets in a skillet in a
preheated 400° F. oven. Remove vegetables from skillet with tongs.
Add broth, vinegar and 1 teaspoon thyme to the skillet, place
over high heat and boil liquid, scraping bottom of skillet for about 4 minutes
or until it's dark, glossy brown and syrupy. Season with salt and pepper.
Peel beets and onions when they're cool enough to handle.
Slice the beets into julienne strips and onions into thin rings.
Spoon liquid over onions and beets, add remaining 1/2
teaspoon thyme and stir well to combine. Heat briefly and serve.