Parisian Dinner Party: Easiest Beets with Pomegranate Arils
This recipe is part of a series about throwing a dinner party like a Parisian. Stay tuned all week to see how the entire soirée comes together.
As young children, we are taught to believe that hard work will be rewarded in the long run. Reap, and you shall sow. Put all of your effort into what you're doing, and somehow, someway you will succeed. I believe this principle with all of my heart. I work in sales, and even when the cycle is slow, I have to just keep prospecting and doing my job. I have to trust that despite five bad meetings in a row, the next one will bring an interested client my way. I have learned to apply this mentality to life outside of sales, too. If you really, really want something, figure out the closest path (you know) that will get you there. And then follow it. Work hard every day, keep your heart open to the deviations that may hit your path, and good things will come. Sometimes, what we get is completely unexpected, and even better than what we originally asked for. You neva know.
However, when planning a party this excellent life philosophy can be gently set aside. Take this salad of sorts. You could spend time buying beets, scrubbing them, roasting them, peeling them, chopping them, cooling them, dressing them, and only finally, eating them. Or, you could do as I did and buy pre-cooked beets and pre-cleaned pomegranate. That's the thing about being a successful (and sane) entertainer. You have to figure out where you can cut corners without compromising the vision and quality of your party. For my Parisian dinner party, buying cleaned + prepared ingredients saved me upwards of an hour! That's an hour I could use to assemble flowers, or set the table, or even to take a break to read my book. Funnily enough, this salad was a crowd pleaser. I was surprised because it took the least amount of finagling, and yet. Simplicity. I also think people had no idea because of the beautiful Dansk platter I used for the salad. It tricked everyone!
Next time you're planning an event, sit down and take a good look at your to-do list. Where can you cut corners to save yourself time? What tasks do you hate doing that you can evade without compromising your creativity? Could you bring your vases to a florist in advance to save time assembling flowers? Maybe you should buy a roasted chicken for your chicken salad? Send your husband out to buy wine? Whatever you choose, know that as long as you're putting effort in, you will get a positive return. That's just how the bank of life works ;)
Easiest Beets with Pomegranate Arils
12-16 small beets*
1/2 cup of pomegranate arils
Maldon sea salt
Fresh cracked black pepper
high-quality extra-virgin olive oil
*If you are not using pre-cooked beets, roast cleaned beets at 425 for 45 minutes or until tender. Make sure to remove the tough skins and root.
Slice beets into quarters. Sprinkle pomegranate over beets. Generously season with salt flakes and fresh pepper. Drizzle oil. If you like balsamic vinegar, you can add a drizzle of that as well. Serve within 1 hour.