Roasting beets softens their earthy flavor and brings out a wonderful sweetness. This way of preparing beets is so simple that you'll probably never go back to steaming, pressure cooking, or roasting in foil. All you need is a baking dish with a lid.
What can you do with roasted beets? The sweet-earthy flavor of beets is tempered by pairing them with acidic and pungent foods like orange, lemon, balsamic vinegar, feta cheese, shallots, and red onions. Adding fresh herbs like savory, thyme, and parsley can brighten the flavors even more.
After the beets have cooked and cooled, you can peel off the skins and cut them up for a marinated beet salad (like the Roasted Beet Salad with Orange Vinaigrette on page 230 in my new cookbook). You can also thinly slice them and top with goat cheese, fresh thyme leaves, freshly ground black pepper, and a lemon-olive oil dressing. Puree a whole roasted beet (remove the skins first) with the wet ingredients for a chocolate cake. Have any more ideas for using cooked beets? Please share in the comments section below!
How To Roast Beets
Use as many beets as will fit in your baking dish. Once they are cooked you can store them in your refrigerator for up to a week. Try to incorporate this superfood into your diet a few times a month!
1 to 2 bunches of beets
baking dish with a lid
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Set out your being dish. I use a ceramic baking dish with a lid. Trim off the ends of your beets. Place them into the baking dish. Put the lid on.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. Very small beets will take the shortest amount of cooking time while large beets can take up to 1 1/2 hours. Extra large beets can take up to 2 hours. They will be fork tender when done.
Let them cool and then slip the skins off. That's it! Wasn't that easy?
|Raw beets before roasting.|
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How to Make Lacto-Fermented Vegetables
How to Harvest Nettles
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