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Old 11-12-2014, 05:31 PM   #1
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Favorite Beet Recipe?

With the farm stand season winding down I decided to head to a local one before it was too late; after browsing through a few vegetables I came across some freshly picked beets and realized that I have never had beets before. I know people usually have beets for Thanksgiving, but I guess my family was never fond of them.

So, I have decided to take it upon myself to make a dish involving beets and I was wondering if any of you have any favorite beet recipes you do not mind sharing.

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Old 11-12-2014, 06:40 PM   #2
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My favorite is simply roasted.

Peel the beets, then depending on their size, cut into 6 or 8 wedges.
On a baking sheet, toss the wedged beets with olive oil, salt & ground black pepper.
Roast in a hot (400F) oven. Turn them halfway through the cooking.
Roast until tender but not mushy - about 30 - 40 minutes.
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:09 PM   #3
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Yes Silversage - I have recently discovered the delights of roasted beetroot (more intense flavour).

My usual, fav recipe for raw beetroots are in a simple 'salad' that tastes divine (chilling it is important).

Grate beetroots into a salad bowl then add lemon juice and crushed garlic with seasoning to taste. Oil is optional. Chill for at least one hour before eating. Juicy and refreshing.

This is also an excellent dish for a detox since the beetroots and garlic are both blood purifiers and the lemon is alkaline in reaction.
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:00 PM   #4
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Word of caution, Beets are very very red. They can stain clothes, your wood cutting board, your hands , carpet ...
Also, if you eat enough of them, your pee can have a tint of red in it too ( kinda scary if your not expecting it, thats why I'm letting you know ahead of time).

That being said, beets are usually very sweet. Raw, they have a carrot- like consistency, usually sweeter than a carrot.

I usually use them to make a beet soup ( Borscht ). Ill have to look around for the recipe though.
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:05 PM   #5
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Favorite Beet Recipe?

My fave beets are pickled. Vinegar, sugar, whole allspice berries, piece of cinnamon stick.
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:34 PM   #6
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My mother always made Harvard Beets. They are a sweet/sour beet in a somewhat creamy sauce.

Grandma's Harvard Beets Recipe - Allrecipes.com

This recipe calls for canned beets. But you can roast your own and then slice them after they cool a bit.
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Old 11-13-2014, 05:21 AM   #7
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This fall, beet hummus has become one of my favorite ways to eat beets.

BEETROOT HUMMUS | Recipes | Nigella Lawson

I also love to grate baby beets (raw) and dress with S&P, sumac, EVOO, and a sprinkle of beet or red wine vinegar.
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Old 11-13-2014, 05:33 AM   #8
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Word of caution, Beets are very very red. They can stain clothes, your wood cutting board, your hands , carpet ...
Also, if you eat enough of them, your pee can have a tint of red in it too ( kinda scary if your not expecting it, thats why I'm letting you know ahead of time).

That being said, beets are usually very sweet. Raw, they have a carrot- like consistency, usually sweeter than a carrot.

I usually use them to make a beet soup ( Borscht ). Ill have to look around for the recipe though.
The pink in one's urine is called beeturia. There are some interesting studies about this:

Beeturia and iron absorption : The Lancet

Beeturia and the biological fate of beetroot pigments. - PubMed - NCBI

Myths of Human Genetics: Beeturia
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A splash of vinegar turns my small can of sweet beets into pickled beets.
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A splash of vinegar turns my small can of sweet beets into pickled beets.
The sweet pickle juice, leftover from a jar of commercial pickles, works great too. When the beets are gone toss in a couple of hard boiled eggs.

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