Pan-cooked feta with beetroot salsa & bean mash

Pan-cooked feta with beetroot salsa & bean mash

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(19 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 7 mins

Easy

Serves 2
Whip up this budget vegetarian dinner in minutes - pile slices of light feta onto cannellini bean mash and top with tangy beetroot salsa

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal296
  • fat8g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre5g
  • protein19g
  • salt1.9g
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Ingredients

  • about 100g vegetarian, light feta, thickly sliced
    Feta

    Feta

    feh-tah

    A creamy soft white cheese with an ancient history - nomadic tribes who needed to preserve the…

  • a little flour, for dusting
    Flour

    Flour

    fl-ow-er

    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • 65g pack rocket
    Rocket

    Rocket

    roh-ket

    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

For the salsa & beans

  • 250g cooked beetroot, diced
    Beetroot

    Beetroot

    beat-root

    A favourite in 1970's British salads (served cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a…

  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • grated zest and juice ½ lime
    Lime

    Lime

    ly-m

    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 tbsp chopped dill, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp olive oil, plus a little extra for cooking
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 400g can cannellini beans
    Cannellini bean

    Cannellini bean

    can-a-leen-ee been

    Slightly kidney-shaped with squarish ends, cannellini beans are from Italy and are creamy white…

Method

  1. Mix the beetroot and the onion in a bowl with the lime zest, a good squeeze of juice, seasoning and dill.

  2. Heat the tsp oil in a non-stick pan and gently cook the garlic until softened then tip in the beans, and some of the juice from the can with seasoning. Mash the beans, keeping them quite chunky, then keep warm.

  3. Toss the slices of feta in a little flour. Heat a non-stick frying pan, wipe with a little oil then cook the feta for a few minutes on each side until golden and warmed through, flipping over to make sure they're cooked evenly. Spoon the bean mash onto plates, top with the feta and half the salsa then scatter with extra dill. Serve with the rocket on the side and the rest of the salsa in a bowl.

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Geephillips18
11th Apr, 2017
5.05
Really deliciously tasty dish! Added paprika and extra garlic to the beans and seasoned the flour mix too! Found that the feta melted and went all gooey but it still went together nicely!
Maaike Maakt
9th Nov, 2016
5.05
Great! Added chili flakes to the flour and smoked paprika to mashed beans. Delicious!
msmooo
16th Aug, 2016
5.05
Was pleasantly surprised. I hadn't tried mashed beans before. Very tasty. I did add a little cayenne to the beans. Also seasoned the flour to coat the feta, I used cornflour. I also added mint instead of dill. Will make again!
judyd
14th May, 2016
5.05
I added some chilli and fennel seeds to the bean mash - I too used halloumi rather than fetta after reading the comments - the result was delicious and I will definitely be making this again
spunchard
11th Mar, 2016
5.05
I substituted halloumi for feta to save embarrassment. Thanks to odd gaps at the supermarket I also had to substitute coriander for dill, cocktail beetroot (with no lime) for ordinary, and flageolet beans for cannellini! but what I ended up with was just delicious, and we'll certainly have it again.
MissMercedes
3rd Feb, 2016
I added a little fresh chilli to beans after looking at other comments. Really enjoyed the different textures and flavours. Beetroot salsa was delicious. Dont know what I did wrong with Feta as it ended up in a puddle, could be that it was normal not vegetarian - couldnt find veggie Feta at supermarket? Will definitely try again. 3 Stars
mellog
18th Jan, 2016
2.55
I found the beans a bit bland without plenty of seasoning. Beetroot salsa was really refreshing and cut through the feta that was somewhat more of a splodge! For the effort and calories will definitely make this again.
BBC food lover
19th Oct, 2015
5.05
Really tasty definitely would recommend, perfect for a hot summers day...
ZiggyChew
27th May, 2015
3.8
Wonderful flavours. Definitely deserves four stars. Used mint instead of dill in the salsa as I don't like dill. I also used pickled beetroot from a jar and just washed it before chopping rather than buying fresh. I don't usually like beetroot but this salsa was lovely. The mash was slightly tasteless (probably because I shy away from the sheer amount of salt needed to make canned beans flavourful) although I suppose it made a nice comforting background to the dish. Used borlotti beans rather than cannelini. The feta was a pain to fry (it melted) but again very tasty. Went down well with even the pickiest member of my family. I'd make it again if I could bear to face all the washing up a second time!
B Hunt
2nd Mar, 2015
5.05
Really tasty and quick... my feta melted a bit in the pan so will need to practise that! Cannellini mash is very filling and tasty...
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