A Beetroot and Cheese Sandwich - The Food Snob Version

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Any day is a good day for a sandwich, right?! Especially if it involves cheese! As Jamie Oliver said once "Because cheese changes the world!" And yes... it sure does! As far as I am concerned, any cheese, all cheese all the time, lol! So, I was recently made aware of a sandwich combo that despite loving all the individual ingredients - they were never something I would have considered putting together on a sandwich... although, I have since discovered (thanks Google) that this is a lot more common than I would have expected.

Nonetheless, the combination pricked my curiosity, so I decided to give it a whirl and figured I may as well share it with all of you. In the interest of presentation, I did this as an open sandwich (like a true food snob, lol!) and it was still absolutely delicious, even when eaten with a knife and fork, but if I were to do it again, I would do it closed so that I could just get stuck in!

I decided that a sandwich like this would be best made on some fresh from the market white "plaas brood" (Farm Bread), so I picked up a loaf when we went to the market on Saturday. I cut a nice doorstop size slice because... why not! Plaas brood has got to be one of the most deliciously comforting breads on planet earth - especially when still hot off the press.

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I contemplated adding rocket to the plate but something in me said mmmm naaaah - which is practically unheard of for me because cheese and rocket are literally born to go hand in hand! So anyhow, I opted for some diced up butter lettuce instead, which is pretty close to a traditional iceberg lettuce basically just for a little extra juicy crunch in the mouth.

Next up was the foundation of any good sandwich... yes, butter! No sandwich is complete without it, not in my opinion anyway - and no, not margarine, because that is essentially plastic... only real farm butter thanks! The original version of this sadnwich brought in some mayonnaise and I was going to go that route but I decided to add more cheese instead... a justifiable trade off I reckon. I opted for some paprika and black pepper chevin which is essentially a smooth goats cheese and is nothing short of heavenly.

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After that came the beetroot - the star of the show really... although you would never say so given all the darn cheese I added, lol! Really speaking, it was the combination of cheese with the beetroot which really appealed to me in concept, because I knew they would marry well. so naturally I went over board and added ALL the cheeses!!! haha! I put a generous amount of beetroot rounds onto the slice, but I drained them a little after removing them from the brine, because I didn't want the bread to get too soggy. I actually would have preferred to cook up a fresh batch of beetroots but, well - I was too lazy to... so bottled beetroot it was! It did the job - and it did it well!

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Then it was time for some cheese, cheese and more cheese... I chose a traditional yellow gouda because I love the smooth, creamy deliciousness which I grated using the standard side of the grater. Then, I added to that, some finely grated mild white cheddar for that little bit of cheesy punch and then last but not least, I sprinkled it all with some plain crumbled feta cheese - because feta!

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So, that was pretty much that! I cracked a little black pepper around the plate and then got tucked in. It was absolutely bloody delicious!!! No, I did not make it quite the way it was originally introduced to me, but it was pretty close - just a whole lot more cheese, which for me - is never a problem, lol!

Now that I have made it and eaten it, it seems such an obvious combination really... I feel a little stupid to not have ever thought of it myself - but, we learn something new everyday and I am thrilled to have been educated with this one! I reckon it would also be pretty tasty toasted.

It is such a fun combo - one that apparently I have been missing out on for my entire life. This sandwich, made closed and possibly even some with mayonnaise will definitely be getting packed into the picnic basket in future - be it in a much simpler (less food snobby) way, haha!

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Jaynielea

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Cheese can definitely changes the taste of food. But unfortunately too many calories in small amount. :( Sometimes carotine in beetroots can hurt stomach. It's good to take in small quantities though.

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Sometimes carotine in beetroots can hurt stomach

I've always been a live on the edge type of person...So I risk eating beetroot.

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I will risk it with you... but we each get our own sammmmiches mkay.... ;)

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Legit, a girl after my own heart it seems...Yeah, we'll have to have one (or two) each or we'd argue...

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Definitely Two. Might still argue though...

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Probably...Neither one wiling to throw up the white flag.

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Happy to endure a few cramps for that taste combo! :D

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As far as I am concerned, any cheese, all cheese all the time, lol!

Did you say... CHEESE??? Marry me!

Seriously, though, that's a delish combo and — of course — beautiful photos. I was introduced to a version of this seemingly unlikely combo some years back... pickled beetroot (ever so slightly sweet variety) with lightly warmed camembert slices and a few crumbled walnuts on top.

Yes, seriously "food snob."

Allrighty... it's lunchtime!
::: Heading for the kitchen :::

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Oh I LOVE that!!! - The camembert! Beetroot and camambert - ACE!!!!!

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Jaynie this sounds so scrumptious - can't wait to try it. And that bread!!!!

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It was GREAT - even as a open sandwich! :D

Yeah... can't beat plaas brood!

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Yes, you are right - nothing like it. I really enjoy fresh homemade bread. I think I could survive on it if I could only choose one thing to eat

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With you on that - although, I may choose pasta over bread hehehe :)

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A girl after my own heart - I truly love pasta too

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I'd never think of combining beetroots with cheese but now you made me curious with your description and photos... I'd definitely try that sandwich!!

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Totally! It was NOT something I ever would have conjured.... but once done, I was like "errr well that was actually quite obvious" lol

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Back when I ate bread, I enjoyed a sauerkraut, tomato, and cheese sandwich.

So I feel ya? Though I generally find beets too sweet for my liking. But who knows as this apocalypse progresses ... I may be happy for some pickled beets:)

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Back when I ate bread

This is my worst nightmare...No bread. Still, I'll admit I limit it these days...But none? What madness is this? Lol.

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Haha ... after while it is not the hardship it seems. Commercial bread doesn't taste like much at all. You realize it was the butter you were after all along. I eat butter:)

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Toastie?

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Of course...Nothing quite like a late-evening toastie at the kitchen table, the glow of a single light barely barely holding the dark at bay.

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A perfect moment. :)

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Candle, no light...Four toasties. Now perfect.

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Well, that is the great thing about combining ingredients... the cheese completely counters and balances the sweetness of the beetroot. Also - re. the bread - do you peeps not have decent subs for "bread" over there?! We have so many here... and admittedly, most of them don't win the battle of convince - but there are a handful which do - so you get ALL the pleasure without any of the guilt or consequence :)

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Your legitness just keeps getting more ...Legit

So, the beetroot, cheese and mayo sandwich is a strong favourite of mine and has been for many years. I can't say I've taken it to the extreme heights of legtiness you have here, but alas Jaynie, I am a mere mortal so could never hope to attain the greatness. :)

What appeals to me here is the lack of rocket...You know me. Also, I'd be keen to hear how you feel about straight beetroot, cheese and mayo...But considering your food-snobbery level is off the chain maybe it'll not happen. :)

So...Thanks for this very cool post...As always, so well presented.

x

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I am a mere mortal so could never hope to attain the greatness. :)

Foodie posts have no space for such.... HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! KIDDING!!! <3

What appeals to me here is the lack of rocket...

Those four cheeses are feeling a little rejection right now ;)

Also, I'd be keen to hear how you feel about straight beetroot, cheese and mayo..

Oh ye of little faith! I made one of those on the side - I mean, I had an entire LOAF of plaas brood to devour - what do you take me for?! :D

So...Thanks for this very cool post...As always, so well presented.

Appreciate the compliment :)

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Foodie posts have no space for such

Kicked me in the nuts fair and square Saffer.

I'd say a [loaf of] plaas brood would have a lot to fear with you, me, beetroot, cheese, butter and mayo around... 😂

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I'd say a [loaf of] plaas brood would have a lot to fear with you, me, beetroot, cheese, butter and mayo around... 😂

Nah... would probably just throw some Gouda on it and shove it in the microwave for some melted, cheesy heaven lol.

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What an interesting taste combo! Is this like peanut butter and pickles? Hmmm... maybe? Before I go, I'd invite you to check out @mondoshawan and his #biss contest.... Check it out here!
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peanut butter and pickles?

WTF - NOOOOOOOOO! :D

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Droool😍 I love beetroot, it is so yummy. I think that this combination is good, the goat cheese with pepper looked awesome. I always find myself waiting for your food posts because you make them so tasty visually

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the goat cheese with pepper looked awesome.

IT IS!!!

I always find myself waiting for your food posts because you make them so tasty visually

Thank you hon! What a lovely compliment!!!

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