Sunday, April 6, 2008

How to Prepare Beets?

I never liked beets until now. The kinds that I find at salad bars are boiled or from a can. One time I slaved over a cold beet soup only to throw it down the sink.

Here's how to really enjoy beets:

The first rule to good beets is the beets themselves. These beets in the picture came from Mariquita Farm's mystery box. Mariquita Farm is located in Hollister, California and serves the bay area in two ways: mystery boxes and a Community Supported Agriculture box. I've never been disappointed with how fresh and beautiful the organic food is from this farm.

The second rule to tasty beets is to bake them, not boil them. Leave the skin on and trim the greens to an inch from the beet. Wash the beets thoroughly. Place in a baking dish with enough water to cover the bottom. Sprinkle with salt. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes to an hour or until a fork can pierce them. Don't forget to cover them or they'll take forever to bake.

When they're done, cut the top and bottom off and peel the skin off. Cut into cubes.

The third rule is to marinate beets in vinegar. I used raw apple cider vinegar for this batch but use whatever is in the pantry like red or white wine vinegar. I use about a tablespoon for three small beets. The idea is to use enough to coat the beets. Add a little salt. Marinate for about five minutes and taste again. Add more vinegar or salt. Then toss with a tablespoon of olive oil.

When I tasted for seasoning, I had to hold myself back from eating the whole bowl. I can't wait to prepare beets again!


Anonymous said...

Remember to save the greens ...don't toss them! Beet greens are one of my favorite greens. They can be tossed into a salad, lightly sauted with a little garlic and oil, tossed into a tomato sauce ... you name it. I like beets but I love beet greens!

Lydia said...

How serendipitous! I just bought my first bunch of beets this weekend at the farmers market. Thanks for the post.

KarenLynn said...

I want to learn to eat root vegetables, I just didn't grow up with them. Thanks for the post I will try this recipe.

Caroline said...

I made this tonight - AMAZING.

Anonymous said...

I love serving beets like this on a bed of lettuces w/ toasted walnuts and blue cheese crumbles! YUMMMMMY!

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