Time to show off those knife skills! (Bring those dull knives to Rich’s Sharpening this Saturday for the perfect slice). Even slices of beets, potatoes, and tomatoes are key to this colorful side dish. Serve with pork or chicken for a perfect autumn meal.
1 pound beets (about 3 medium)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 pound plum tomatoes (about 3), cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap beets tightly in parchment-lined foil. Roast on a baking sheet until tender, about 1 hour, 20 minutes. Let cool completely. Peel and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices.
2. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees. Toss onion with 1 tablespoon oil and half of thyme. Season with salt and pepper and arrange in the bottom of a 3-quart round or oval gratin dish. On a cutting board, stack 1 slice each potato, beet, and tomato. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat with remaining vegetables, keeping each stack separate. Transfer stacks to dish and shingle to overlap slightly. Sprinkle with remaining thyme and drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil. Cover tightly with parchment-lined foil.
3. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover; drizzle with remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Bake, uncovered, until vegetables are tender and tomatoes are caramelized, about 35 minutes more. Let cool slightly before serving.
Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart Living