A grilled Beetroot, Bacon and Blue Cheese Sandwich

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A grilled Beetroot, Bacon and Blue Cheese Sandwich

These three B’s lead to an amazingly luscious sandwich: beetroot, bacon and blue cheese! The earthy-sweet, salty and smoked flavours are anything but silent, however surprisingly harmonic in this combination. They merge naturally with the sharpness of the melted Fourme d’Ambert cheese and the crunchy rucola (arugula) which I added for some colour and green freshness.

It started off with one of my weekly kitchen tradition, I always cook a big pot of the purple roots to have them at hand for our salads or as a little snack cut into small cubes and drizzled with olive oil and Balsamico vinegar. As I saw the rustic vegetable dancing up and down in the deep red water I got mesmerized, dreaming of all the delicious recipes I would use them for. The three B’s where one of them!

When I put the sandwich under the grill, the seductive aroma of grilled cheese spread in the air. Attracted by the smell, two hungry people found their way in front of the oven. My partner and his mother Jenny who isn’t usually too fond of strong cheeses, blue ones in particular, looked at me with impatience and hunger. They both love my Sandwich Wednesdays but the fact that I have to take pictures first can be quite a mean teaser. Grilled sandwiches especially are a feast for the eyes but even more for the nose. It can be so cruel to sit in front of this beautiful creation in all its juiciness when all you want is to take a big bite but you can’t. You have to wait until the last photo is taken. That makes me appreciate it even more!

A grilled Beetroot, Bacon and Blue Cheese Sandwich

 

A grilled Beetroot, Bacon and Blue Cheese Sandwich

A grilled Beetroot, Bacon and Blue Cheese Sandwich

For 3 sandwiches you need

long rustic buns, cut in half, 3
large beetroots, scrubbed and rinsed, 2
bay leaf 1
bacon 3-6 slices
strong blue cheese, like Fourme d’Ambert or Stilton, cut into slices, 100g / 3.5 ounces
rucola (arugula), a small handful
olive oil
sat and pepper

Cook the beetroot in lots of salted water with the bay leaf for about 50 minutes or until the roots are soft. Rinse them under cold water and let them cool for a few minutes. Peel and cut them into thick slices and brush them with olive oil.

Fry the bacon in a little olive oil until golden brown and very crisp and brake it into large pieces.

Spread 3-4 beetroot slices on the bottom side of each bun and put a few bacon pieces on top. Finish it off with the blue cheese and put it under the grill for 1-2 minutes until it starts to melt. Sprinkle with pepper and rucola, close the bun and enjoy!

A grilled Beetroot, Bacon and Blue Cheese Sandwich

 

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A grilled Beetroot, Bacon and Blue Cheese Sandwich

 

A grilled Beetroot, Bacon and Blue Cheese Sandwich