Ross has been head chef at many respected local restaurants including the Halzephron Inn, The Old Coastguard, the Ship Inn at Mawgan and now Kota in Porthleven. Here’s his recipe for slow roasted beetroot, smoked goats cheese custard with horseradish, damson and chai seeds.
Roasting trays small and large
Heavy duty blender (Vita Prep 3 or similar)
2 x squeezy bottles
Slow roasted beetroot – serves 4
2 x extra large beetroot
Rapeseed oil, cold pressed.
Salt and pepper
Smoked goats cheese custard
200g smoked goats cheese ( we smoke our own )
200ml double cream
9 x whole eggs
Salt & white pepper
1 x whole horseradish, peeled and grated
Vinegar ( white wine )
300ml damson syrup
3 x gelatine leaves
Chai seed crackers
160 g chai seeds
12 x quarters of baby pickled purple beetroot
12 x quarters of baby pickled candy stripe beetroot
12 x red wood sorrel leaves
12 x red amaranth leaves
Beet molasses (we make our own, it’s reduced beetroot juice and a ittle sugar to syrup consistency)
SLOW ROASTED BEETROOTS
Cut two steaks from each beetroot, don’t worry about peeling them – this can be done once cooked. Place in a roasting pan, drizzle rape seed oil, thyme and salt and pepper over each slice, cover the tray in tin foil and roast in the oven at 140oc for approx 2-4 hrs. Once cooked, peel and leave to cool.
SMOKED GOATS CHEESE CUSTARD
Heat the cream in a saucepan and add the goats cheese. Blend in the vita prep with the eggs and season to taste. Pour the mix into a deep small roasting tray and bake at 150oc for 35 mins until set. Once set blend the custard in the vita prep to achieve a thick custard consistency, pour into a squeezy bottle.
Place the grated horseradish into the blender add a cap full of vinegar and tea spoon of sugar. Add the mayo then blend till super smooth, transfer this to a squeezy bottle.
Soak the gelatine leaves in water, heat the syrup on the stove and add the soaked gelatine leaves. Skim any foam that occurs and discard, pour the jelly into a mould then chill till set. Once set, dice into cubes.
CHAI SEED CRACKERS
Soak the seeds in water with salt for at least four hours. Once bloomed it will have a gelatinous texture, spread this on baking parchment and dry in the dehydrator until dried and crisp (you could do this in a very low oven). Break into shards.
Take the beetroot steaks dress in beet molasses, rape seed oil and season with salt and pepper. Place each steak on a plate, pipe three big blobs of the custard on each steak, add three blobs of horseradish, three of each pickled beet and three-four cubes of damson jelly. Place three shards of chai seed cracker and wood sorrel and amaranth.
Catch Ross in our Chefs’ Theatre presented by Proper Job on Saturday at 3:15pm