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Old 01-19-2007, 12:30 PM   #11
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Beats are great when prepared in a sweet & sour fashion.

Boil 1 cup of sliced beats. When tender, train and add 1/4 cup sweetener, and a pinch of ground cloves. Add white vinegar, 2 tbs. at a time, until you get the desired ballance of sweet and sour. And don't worry. If you add too much vinager, then add more sweetener. I first learned to do this with white sugar, but have switched to Sucrolose (Splenda) as I am diabetic. Thicken with a corn starch slurry to make a sauce that will coat a spoon.

This works very well with savory chicken dishes and brown rice. It would also be great with stuffed pork chops, or broiled country style pork ribs, seasoned with just salt and pepper.

Add sliced, cooked beats to a three-bean salad recipe to add color and flavor as well. Of course, then it's no longer a three-bean salad, but it still very good.

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Old 01-19-2007, 12:38 PM   #12
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I love beets, but am stuck in a rut. Usually I roast them with meat, but I need some new ideas. I'm looking more for entrees or sides, but not for salads or sweets. Here's one recipe with beets that I love making (and it works out beautifully in my roaster)

Double Roast Chicken
I think my dad's may be pickled. I'm not sure. It's in a jar of purple liquid.
He just eats them straight from there.
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Old 01-19-2007, 12:45 PM   #13
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Goodweed...thanks for the idea. I always just saute them and eat them plain but the sweet and sour sounds great.
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Old 01-19-2007, 03:33 PM   #14
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I just watched a Tyler Florence show on Wednesday night in which he prepared a Winter Panzanella. It had roasted beets, pancetta, shallots, argula, and a balsamic vingegar dressing. It looked so good that I got the recipe off of their web site. You might want to take a look at it.
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Old 01-19-2007, 04:52 PM   #15
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I think my dad's may be pickled. I'm not sure. It's in a jar of purple liquid.
He just eats them straight from there.
Yep - that would be pickled.

Goodweed - that really sounds so tasty! Thank you so much!
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:26 PM   #16
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Make a salad with :

Roasted or boiled beetroot slices on the bottom, topped with
Salami, or Parma Ham, or Coppa, and
Cooked lentils on top with a
Sweet and sour balsamic vinegar dressing

Make a casserole by layering:
Roasted or boiled beetroot
Creamed corn mixed with fried onion
Fresh cream
Grated cheese of your choice.
Repeat strata until the oven dish is full, top with parmesan, bake until warmed through.

Beetroot and Tomato with tamarind
An Indian version of Sweet & sour beets - partially cook the beets, then fry a few onions, a little ginger and a tsp of Garam Masala together. Add the tomatoes and a cup of tamarind juice, a few hot peppers ( if you like them) and cook through gently until the veg are cooked.Season with salt and add a tsp od sugar if the "stew" is too tart.

Middle-eastern pickled Cucumbers & Turnips.
My wife goes crazy over this. Simple!
Make a brine solution (2 tbsps salt to 1 lt water). Add 300 cl vinegar.
Peel and slice raw beetroot and raw turnips. Set aside. Slice 2 whole garlic cloves into thin slices, set aside a few fresh celery leaves and a few black peppercorns.
In a wide-mouthed sterilised jar, toss in a few slices of garlic, some peppercorns and a celery leaf. Then start layering with slices of turnip, then slices of beetroot, then turnip, then beetroot. Every now and then, add the spices. Fill the jars with the hot brine mixture. Seal, and refrigerate.
The pickles are ready in a week, and gone in another...
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Old 01-22-2007, 09:20 AM   #17
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Beet ravioli

Long time ago an Italian friend taught me to make beet ravioli.

Roast beets, onions, and garlic, and spicing, little basil, oregano and thyme, mash together and add ricotta cheese and a little parm. Salt and pepper to taste.

Roll out pasta and place beet mixture in each, fold over and seal. You can boil them, pan sear them, or straight braise them.
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steve, that sounds exactly like what I was looking for - something I'd never considered, yet sounds soooo appealing! Thank you!
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If you have a food processor, put them through the grater when they are still raw (peel first!). In a frying pan, sautee some butter with a couple of cloves of minced garlic, add the beets and cook slowly for about 10 minutes. Season with salt & pepper, fresh nutmeg and orange zest.
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