Best Intro to Beets
I'd like to introduce a veggie-hating friend to beets. He grew up in a house with one basic recipe for vegetables - open can, dump, boil vigorously. It left culinary scars. I've slowly been showing him how properly cooked vegetables are wonderful. Now, he's actually requested to try beets, but that's not a vegetable I usually cook. I don't want to blow this chance, so what are best recommendations for an introduction to beets?
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There are lots of variations for how to do this, but basically I peel the raw beets, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (no need to be precise), toss in a bit if olive oil, salt and pepper, then roast on a low-sided pan ONE LAYER at 425 until tender and slightly caramel ized (check and move them around in the pan after about 20 minutes), then keep checking every 10 mins.
Sometimes I drizzle with a bit of balsamic about halfway through. Also, sometimes I toss the raw beets with similarly diced sweet potatoes, carrots an/or red onions (well, I leave those in rings) and roast the same way. But the ONE LAYER is the most important, as otherwise the veggies steam and it is totally different.
lilrose, you could serve these as a side dish or add them to a salad (delicious w/ various goat cheeses.)
It's wonderful. The black pepper and bucheron pairing really make it.
Ny favorite is roasting them