The classic tarte tatin is made, of course, with apples. But the principle of caramelising some delicious, round, sweet things, topping them with puff pastry, then flipping it upside down, works equally well in this savoury interpretation. The shallot/spring onion vinaigrette finishes off the tarte a treat – but, if you fancy ringing the changes, it’s also very good topped with crumbled feta and coarsely chopped parsley.


  • 250g rough puff pastry (see page 52) or all-butter puff (ready-made)

  • A knob of butter

  • 1 tablespoon rapeseed or olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons soft brown sugar

  • About 300–400g baby beetroot (the size of a golf ball or no bigger than a small apple), scrubbed and halved

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1 or 2 shallots, or 3 or 4 spring onions, trimmed and very finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon English mustard

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 4 tablespoons rapeseed oil

  • A pinch of sugar

  • A handful of parsley leaves, finely chopped


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas Mark 5. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 5mm. Take an ovenproof frying pan (or a tarte tatin dish) roughly 20cm in diameter, place it upside down on the pastry and cut around it. Wrap the pastry disc and place it in the fridge.

  • 2.

    Melt the butter with the oil in the frying pan (or tatin dish). Add the cider vinegar, sugar and some salt and pepper, stir well, then add the halved beetroot and toss in the juices. You want the beetroot to fill the pan snugly, so add a few more if you need to. Cover the pan with foil, transfer to the oven and roast for 30–40 minutes, until the beetroot are tender.

  • 3.

    Take the pan from the oven and rearrange the beetroot halves neatly, placing them cut side up. Lay the pastry disc over the beetroot, patting it down and tucking in the edges down the side of the pan. Return to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, until the pastry is fully puffed up and golden brown.

  • 4.

    Leave the tarte to cool in its dish for about 15 minutes, then turn it out by putting a plate over the top and inverting it. Pour any juices left in the pan back over the beetroot.

  • 5.

    Put the ingredients for the vinaigrette into a screw-topped jar, season well with salt and pepper and shake to combine. Trickle over the tarte tatin and serve.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 560kj
  • Fat Total 47g
  • Saturated Fat 11g
  • Protein 5g
  • Carbohydrate 30g
  • Sugar 2g
  • Sodium 245mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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This recipe is from River Cottage Veg Everyday!, RRP $55.00, published by Bloomsbury.

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Posted by ReneegadeReport
Third time I have made this and back to copy the recipe for my book. Not a big fan of beetroot but I LOVE this dish.
Posted by Merryn13Report
What a wonderful idea! Foil wrapped, roasted beetroot is sublime and this recipe transforms the wonderfully warm flavours of roasted beetroot into an elegant luncheon dish (and we have baby beets growing in our garden). Thanks for sharing this from Hugh's new book :)
Posted by Merryn13Report
What a wonderful idea! Roasted, foil wrapped beetroot is delicious and this tarte tatin tranforms it to an elegant luncheon meal - how creative (and we have baby beets growing in our garden). Thanks Hugh for sharing :)