Alan harding's warm country salad w/ roasted garlic & bee

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 Large fresh red beets
1 cup Peeled whole garlic cloves
Olive oil
1 teaspoon Cracked black pepper
4 Thick slices day-old sourdough bread
Salt and ground black pepper
Sherry Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
8 cups Chicory, torn into bite-size pieces

1. Heat oven to 250'F. Peel beets and cut into ¼-inch cubes. In separate bowls, toss beets and garlic each with 1 T olive oil and ½ t pepper. On rimmed baking sheet, place beets on one side and garlic on the other; cover tightly with aluminum foil. Roast 25 minutes or until tender.

2. Meanwhile, make croutons: Cut bread into ¼-inch pieces. Brush with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Arrange on another baking sheet and place in oven until toasted-about 15 minutes.

3. Prepare Sherry Vinaigrette.

4. Just before serving, in large skillet, heat 1 t olive oil over high heat. Add chicory, beets, and garlic and saute just until chicory starts to wilt-no more than 1 minute. (If there is not enough room in skillet, do this step in 2 batches.) Add ¼ C Sherry Vinaigrette to salad and toss. Divide onto 4 serving plates; garnish with croutons.

Serve immediately, passing remaining Sherry Vinaigrette separately.

Sherry Vinaigrette, In small bowl, whisk together ½ C sherry vinegar ¼ C extra-virgin olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, and 2 t finely chopped fresh rosemary until well combined.

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