This soup is really simple to make. It’s really a matter of cooking the beets and garlic together and allowing the flavors to meld. Once that part is done, it’s simply a matter of adding the tangy element of the creme fraiche and the pleasing crunch of the cucumber. I find a chilled soup so refreshing and wonderful when paired with something like a braised meat. The other great thing is that you can make this entirely in advance and simply ladle it into the bowls when ready. For me, when I’m having people over, I love serving the appetizer effortlessly and getting the main course done. The goal is to make great food but to get out of the kitchen and have fun with my friends.
Last week, a generous farmer from Ohio who was a judge on Iron Chef America delivered an abundance of vegetables. The table outside of our programming offices was piled high with fresh root veggies, potatoes, salad greens, micro greens, and herbs. Being invited to take a bag, I snatched up a colorful array of beets, carrots, turnips, and parsnips.
Check out what this Iron Chef did with them.