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Boiled Baby Beets in White Sauce

Use baby beetroot the size of a golf ball when in season.

Wash them very well, trim off the leaves and point but there's no need to peel as the skins will be tender. As a vegetable allow 2-3 per person, place in a large saucepan, cover with unsalted water and bring slowly to the boil uncovered.

Simmer till tender – around 15-20 minutes. Drain, arrange in a large oven proof dish, add the white sauce and serve immediately.

White Sauce:
Please don't buy jars or packets of white sauce. They are inevitably full of things you wouldn't want to eat or give your children and there is nothing easier or cheaper to make. Don't be put off by tales of lumps, curdles and everything else.
Follow these instructions and though it may not be 100% perfect first time, it probably will and you'll certainly get the hang of it by the second time.

In a thick bottomed small saucepan put two knobs of butter each the size of a large walnut with 2 dessertspoonfuls of plain organic white flour.

Over a gentle heat vigorously stir the butter and flour with a whisk till it forms a smooth paste. Then, stirring all the time, add about threequarters of a pint of cold milk very slowly.

If you keep stirring the sauce will gradually thicken and will be bubbling gently.

Add a pinch of salt, a sprinkle of white pepper and then 2 tablespoons of grated Gruyere cheese and keep stirring till the cheese dissolves.

Pour over the beetroots and serve.

 

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