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What is the best way to cook beets for a salad?

I recently had the most delicious beet salad at a restaurant. The beets were slightly sweet but perhaps that is just the natural flavor of the vegetable since I'm a recent convert to "beet eating!" How do I cook them for a salad..roast, boil?? Help!

asked by GettingThere over 6 years ago
10 answers 19129 views
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Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added over 6 years ago

Roasting is the best way to emphasize their sweetness. Here's what I do: I lay a large piece of foil on a baking sheet, put the scrubbed beets on top. Season with salt and oil. Cover with foil, crimp the edges and bake at 350 until tender -- usually 45 min for medium beets.

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added over 6 years ago

I have a very good beets carrot vinegar salad recipe will post tomorrow

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hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

added over 6 years ago

I agree with Amanda. Roasting is the way to go. Large beets take 60-75 minutes.

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added over 6 years ago

Agree with roasting. I add aromatic herbs (thyme, rosemary) as the beets really pick up the scent.

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added over 6 years ago

Roasting is most definitely the way to go. I often roast them for a little less time to retain just a hint of firmness.

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added over 6 years ago

i'm definitely with the roasting folks. when the beets are done, let them cool enough to handle, and then you can just slide the skin off with your fingers. you may look like lady macbeth, but it's super easy and the stain washes off =)

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Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

added over 6 years ago

Me too, I roast. Here's my method: I put the beets in a glass loaf pan, add a splash of water, anything else I want to add, and cover it tightly with aluminum foil.

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added over 6 years ago

I keep a box of disposable rubber gloves in the pantry for things like this and prepping chillies. That way the mess, or heat in the case of chillies, goes in the bin with the gloves. Nothing more annoying than rubbing your eyes after cutting chillies...except perhaps greeting a guest in a white shirt with beet stained hands...

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added over 6 years ago

Yes to roasting. I slice the beets after peeling and store them in a ginger-infused simple syrup (light on the sugar). Wonderful by themselves, or with a salad.

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Anita is a vegan pastry chef & founder of Electric Blue Baking Co. in Brooklyn.

added over 6 years ago

I enjoy them raw!

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