About eighteen months ago we sat down with well known local chef Eric Robinson of The Other Chef Fine Foods to see what we could create with a great crop of beetroot that we had grown at the time. Over the course of the next couple of weeks Eric worked out a recipe that became the first release in our preserve range ....
Near River Produce Beetroot Relish
... and we're very pleased with what he did and continues to do.
The relish has been a hit with friends and customers both here in the Hastings Valley and further afield. In August this year we entered our Beetroot Relish in a few food shows including the Mudgee Fine Food Show. We did this as aside from any recognition an award gives each entrant, it allows our produce to be judged against its peers. And yes it's very competitive!
So we were very pleased when the Silver Award arrived.
Wow .. We must be doing something right!
And it is a great relish, with many uses - best served with goats cheese as a canapé, with ham and other cold cuts on sandwiches, as a accompaniment with gamey meat, particularly duck, rabbit or kangaroo, and lastly as an Aussie substitute to cranberry sauce with turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
For a real treat, we serve it on Raging River Wagyu burgers topped with blue cheese - a gourmet take on the classic Aussie hamburger where beetroot is a must.
If you live in the Hastings Valley Near River Beetroot Relish can be purchased at many outlets, such as About Food, Beetroot'd, Essential Ingredients (Port Mac and Coff's Harbour) and the Port Macquarie Visitor Info Centre.
The perfect gift for that foodie friend or someone who has everything