7.09.2010

Recipes, Ideas and Inspiration for Beets


Beets.  I bought three beets at the roadside stand. Only one of them was photogenic. I have no idea what to do with them.  What's a good recipe for beets?

I have an aversion to beets.  Something about their odd gelatinous appearance when cooked and the bloody pink color have kept me away.  But I'm going to do it.  I'm going to make something out of these beets and it's going to taste good. 

First I looked through my favorite foodie photo sites for some inspiring beet recipes. 

From chimeraobscura's post B is for Borscht
Borsch is one of the first things that comes up.  Borscht is a traditional Russian soup made from beets, eggs and cucumbers flavored with onion and dill.  Maybe it's good?


There is an assortment of Mediterranean salads made with beets, mint, lentils or couscous and yogurt.  Feta and goat cheese seem to be a common pairing.


And then there are the shockingly colored vegetarian beet burgers.

Roasting seems to be popular as well.  But these two options are my favorite so far:



So what do you do with beets?  Do you boil them, mash them, stick them in a stew?  Have you found a beet recipe everyone loves? Let me know what dishes you recommend making with beets.  And I'll let you know what I decide to do with them tomorrow. 

27 comments:

  1. Hey Foy, I boil the beets. It usually takes about 40 minutes for my small organic beets to get soft, but time depends on size.
    Once their done, I push the skins off and cut them up. When they've cooled a bit, I toss them in red wine vinegar & evoo with a bit of salt, pepper & dill. Refrigerate till cool-delicious alone or in a grand green salad (smile).

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  2. Foy- I am horrible with beets. I have heard that juicing beats is good, just mix it with another fruit or veggie. It makes a beautiful juice. I have not tried it yet though.

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  3. So at the restaurant where I've worked the past few years, they make some awesome beet dishes. For most of them, the beets are roasted and then cooled. Roasting suits beets well, I think, as it draws out their earthy sweetness so nicely.

    Toss the roasted beets with lemon juice, parsley, an oil-and-vinegar dressing, and feta cheese for a super delicious salad.

    Or roast the beets together with other root veggies - carrots, parsnips, what have you.

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  4. A. My favorite part of beets are actually the tops. Sauteed in anything they are the BEST.
    B. check out my friend Erin's blog: what's cooking Ern Dog (i think) - she went through a crazy beet phase a month or two ago. Some really cool recipes.

    I really like beets though, so i keep it simple: roasted or sauteed with a little olive oil and garlic. Delish!

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  5. i dont really eat beet often! never knew it can be made in so many dishes! thanks for these ideas!! :) your the best at it!

    have a lovely weekend love. take good care.

    jen

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  6. Well, beets are extremely healthy and we eat them pickled during winter.
    Meanwhile, be so kind and visit my blog to collect a modest award (I got it and the rule says I have to pass it on, so...).

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  7. I found that roasting beets in a hot oven, nestled in a bit of aluminum foil to prevent drips from burning on the bottom of the oven are wonderful with a simple vinaigrette and topped with goat cheese and either hazelnuts or pecans. I've also made an interesting rosemary beet pasta by cutting Robbie's into small dice, sautéing them in olive oil with a bit of fresh rosemary and tossing them with cooked noodles. Beets make noodles that even Barbie would love.

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  8. I love beets!

    I tend to roast them most of the time, then toss them with a vinaigrette to make a simple side dish.

    When it gets too hot to roast beets (like it is right now), I use them to make a grated salad with raw beets, carrots and apples... it's sweet and earthy and refreshing. Recipe here: http://messycook.blogspot.com/2008/08/un-beet-ably-good.html

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  9. How coincidental! I just caught an episode of Diary of a Foodie yesterday morning. They had a Pasta with Beet Greens dish that I just had to try, so I ran out to the store and grabbed a bunch.

    It was fantastic! Here's the link to their recipe: http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/diaryofafoodie/2009/01/pasta-with-beet-greens

    I've got plans for the roots as well, but you'll have to wait for the blog post :)

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  10. Last night on the Food Network was featured a beet and cream cheese ice cream. It SO has me wanting to try it.

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  11. Hi Foy, thanks for the link (and love the LOTR reference)! You might want to try golden beets to ease your way into the beet kingdom; I find they're a lot less earthy than the purple ones. One of my favorite ways to eat them in summer is grated raw into a salad with herbs and a rice vinegar-based vinaigrette.

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  12. Thank you, Foy, for bringing up beets. Reading everyone's comments is inspiring. I've only had a taste or two of canned beets when I was a child and didn't think too fondly of them. Seeing them this way makes me want to go out and try them again, this time starting with the raw, fresh ones!

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  13. Hello Foy - you're up the road in Valpo :-) My favorite way to use beets is to cook them then cool them and slice them over some red-veined sorrel (or spinach or arugula...) Crumble a bit of goat cheese on top along with some toasted nuts (chef's choice) and a lemon vinaigrette. Hope you enjoy yours!! Best, Kate

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  14. While I don't have a recipe on-hand my mom used to pickle beets when I was a kid. I liked them better that way more than any other. The intersection of sweet and sour is awesome. Might just have to do this when they are in season here.

    Jason

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  15. Usually pan roast or sauté then use them in salads or just as a side. Don't cook with them often though...

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  16. Oddly enough my kids love beets. They are doing better than their father at their age. lol

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  17. I roast beets or simply boil them and add them to lettuce salads...so satisfying!

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  18. I had a recipe one time for Cherry Borscht with yogurt - yum!

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  19. Honestly, I think they're awesome and will eat them any way, even boiled, sliced and served hot with a little salt and pepper. Good luck!

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  20. I do love beets! I make a roasted beet salad with walnuts and a mustardy dressing often.

    Roasted Beet Salad

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  21. Hi Foy, nice to meet you ^_^
    Sonia

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  22. Beets are great! I buy them frequently and usually make salads or side dishes. For the side dish I just boil them. Once cooled, I drizzle some olive oil, vinegar, salt, and finely chopped garlic and mix. Very easy.

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  23. I just made my first beets the other day, too! I boiled mine and then chopped them into giant pieces. I made a salad w/ raw kale, thin sliced sweet onions, candied pecans, and a mild goat cheese. I sprinkled the tiniest bit of store bought sweet onion dressing to add some moisture. The beets and cheese looked and tasted great together!

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  24. I always have such great beets at restaurants that seem to be done so simply, but can't get the same results at home. I have been on a beet mission. They are a little too candied for me when I roast them. Can't wait for that perfect beet to come. Good luck ;)

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  25. Not big on beets but this looks good.

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  26. Anonymous1/15/2011

    I had these great beets at a wonderful restaurant in San Diego and was able to replicate it! Make pistachio clarified butter (grind up about 1 cut unsalted pistachios, and mix with 1 stick of softened butter), save greens, roast beets then peel and chop into 8 wedges. Cook greens and wedges in melted clarified butter. "delicious!"

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