Your Best Ideas for Beets

December 26, 2011

Photo by Joseph De Leo

Beets seem to incite love in many and aversion in others. Those in the latter camp probably had the misfortune of tasting beets years ago, straight from a can with little taste or complement. But when they're fresh, these nutrient-dense tubers steal the spotlight -- if only because their color leeks easily when the vegetable is cut and the cells containing the hues imbue shades of marigold or fuscia into surrounding foods (and fingers!).

The most commonly known breed is a ruby red, but you can find yellow, white, and even candy-striped (chioggia) beets. They can be eaten raw, boiled, roasted, steamed, grilled, and even pickled, and pair well with cheese, bacon, nuts, chives, dill, mustard, and citrus. And don't toss those beet greens! They are delectable, too. Cook them as you would Swiss chard: sauté, steam, or bake the tender leaves in savory quiches and tarts.

How do you cook with these versatile root vegetables? Share your favorite ways to enjoy beets in the comments section below. Remember, if you choose to upload a recipe (and we hope you will), please mention it in your comment.

We'll assemble and share some of our favorite ideas next week.

french peasant beets sarah shatz borscht sarah shatz
Photos by Sarah Shatz

A few bodacious recipes for beets:

Beet Lasagna for One
Warm Orzo Salad with Beets & Greens
Endive and Beet Salad with Walnut-Tarragon Vinaigrette

French "Peasant" Beets (pictured above, left)
Tangy Buttered Beets and Beet Greens with Dijon
Dr. Zhivago Borscht (pictured above, right)
Warm Beet Greens with Sour Cream Dressing

For more winter produce inspiration, check out our previous topic: Your Best Ideas for Leeks.

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    Valeriefrances13 says: I love beets roasted in olive oil and garlic - their color and flavor are just spectacular

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    froggy says: I discovered the "Warm Orzo Salad with Beets & Greens" this summer and highly recommend it!

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    KRaftery says: From the USSR....Georgia...walnuts, cilantro and beets...yum! RED BEET PKHALI Ingredients: Walnuts-200 gr. Beets- 1 kg Garlic- 4 cloves Celery-1 bunch Parsley-11 bunch Coriander- 1 bunch Salt, pepper and vinegar to taste Wash and boil the red beet with leaves. While boiling add celery and parsley. Chill, strain and put this through the meat grinder or food processor. Then add minced walnut, garlic, new and dry coriander, salt, pepper and wine vinegar to taste. Mix the ingredients well and serve.

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    KatieGallagher says: Beet Bread

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    molly's kitchen says: Do you have a recipe you use? I would love to try this sometime! I think plenty other members of the WFMC community would, too. Thanks so much!

    over 2 years ago

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