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Roasted Beets with Blue Cheese Sauce and Spiced Walnuts

Serves 6

4 medium beets

1 pint heavy cream

6 ounces Maytag blue cheese

Spiced walnuts (see recipe below)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

If beets have stalks, trim stalks 1/2 inch from beet. Wash beets gently under water, then wrap individually in aluminum foil.

Roast beets for 1-2 hours depending on sizes. A knife should slide easily into the beet, through foil, when done. Allow to cool to room temperature.

While beets are roasting, put cream in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat and add blue cheese. Stir constantly until cheese has been fully incorporated into the cream.

Pour the cheese mixture into a food processor and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Remove beets from foil, then remove beet skins using a paper towel. (Wear kitchen gloves to avoid staining your hands.)

Cut roasted beets into desired shapes.

Drizzle cheese sauce over beets, then top with chopped spiced walnuts.

Spiced Walnuts

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

1/2 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon cumin

Dash cayenne pepper

Dash sea salt

Black pepper to taste

Melt butter over medium heat in small saucepan. Add walnuts, then spices and toss for 30 seconds. Allow to cool to room temperature.

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