½ Cup Beets, brunoise (small dice)
½ Cup Carrots, brunoise (small dice)
1 Clove Garlic, minced
1 Teaspoon Oregano, fresh (leaves only)
1/8 Teaspoon Thyme, dried
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Rose Jelly
Athens Phyllo Dough (sheets)
Vegetable Method: Pre-heat oven to 400° F. In a bowl, add the beets, carrots, garlic, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper, and olive oil. Toss to coat vegetables.
Line a 9 x 9 pan with aluminum foil. Spray foil with vegetable oil spray. Place vegetables in pan, cover and roast for 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Stir rose jelly with vegetables. Set aside to cool. Drain excess liquid and reserve liquid to create plate decoration. Mixture may be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to use. Bring vegetables to room temperature before filling Phyllo dough. Reserve any leftover vegetable mixture to use in a salad.
Phyllo Heart Method: Cut a paper heart (4 inches x 2.5 inches) and fold heart in half. Place a sheet of phyllo dough on large cutting board. Spray phyllo sheet with vegetable oil spray. Place another sheet of phyllo on top of first sheet and spray with oil. Repeat once more, and then fold phyllo sheets widthwise.
Place the paper half heart on the fold of the phyllo sheet. Trace around the heart with a sharp knife. Carefully open the heart and fill one side of the heart with 1 teaspoon filling. Fold the phyllo dough and press to seal edges and create half a heart.
For the second heart, fill the opposite side of the heart, so that when the baked hearts are placed side by side on a plate, they will create 1 heart. Create additional hearts using this method. Bake the filled hearts in the oven until golden brown, approximately 8 - 10 minutes. Serve warm from the oven.
Presentation: For the plate decoration, add a teaspoon sour cream to the reserved vegetable liquid and stir to combine. Place 2 hearts in the center of each plate, place small dots of sauce around half of the heart. Carefully run a knife through the dots to create a chain of hearts. Cut chives to create arrows and place on top of hearts. Happy Valentine's Day!
My Heart "Beets" for You is a tasty, elegant, yet easy to make, heart healthy appetizer or first course to remind your loved ones that you care about them.