How to Cook Beets
Roasted beets are a versatile seasonal vegetable that you can enjoy in many ways. In this post I show you how to prepare and roast beets, as well as a recipe for cooking beet greens!
Colleen @ Grow Forage Cook Ferment
extra virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Wash the beets and green well. Cut the root tips off and send them to compost, then cut the greens from the roots.
If your beets are big, cut them into smaller wedges. If they are small leave them whole or simply cut them in half.
Put them on a piece of tinfoil on a sheet pan or cast iron skillet, drizzle the wedges with olive oil, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
Close up the tinfoil and put it in the preheated oven for at least an hour.
In the meantime, cook your beet greens. Roughly chop up the greens.
Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add a handful of bacon or pancetta pieces.
Once they start to get a little crispy, add the beet greens to the pan. You may need to add a little oil or butter if your bacon or pancetta didn’t render a lot of fat.
Add a little salt and pepper and sauté until the greens start to soften just a bit.
Then add some minced garlic to the pan and continue to cook until the greens are wilted and fully cooked through.
After an hour check the roasting beet roots with a knife to see if they are tender. They may need to cook for up to 30 minutes longer.
Once they are fully cooked pull them out of the oven and open the foil to let them cool for a little while.
After they have cooled, peel the beets.
Peeling the skin off roasted beets is simple when using a paring knife. They literally come right off!
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