And then they can be easily peeled offAnd then they can be easily peeled off
Roasting beets separates the skinsRoasting beets separates the skins
Beets grown in the confined space of the holes in the blocks which form our gardenBeets grown in the confined space of the holes in the blocks which form our garden
Vinegared beets nested in their greensVinegared beets nested in their greens
  • And then they can be easily peeled off
  • Roasting beets separates the skins
  • Beets grown in the confined space of the holes in the blocks which form our garden
  • Vinegared beets nested in their greens

I have a developing relationship with beets.

I didn’t grow up eating beets, and the only understanding I had of them was cold, pickled beets in crystal serving dishes at old people’s houses. I thought they tasted like dirt.

Since I tried beet risotto with greens, lemon and Parmesan, though, I’ve started changing my opinion. Now I think that beets are an awesome 2-in-1: both a super pigmented root vegetable and a green! No waste. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Next I tried Vinegared Beets Nested in Their Greens from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (of course). This is a beet-on-beet recipe that uses both parts of the plant at once. You don’t even really need a formal recipe.

Cook and peel the beets. Steam the greens, then toss with butter and salt and pepper. Make a “nest” on the plate with the greens. Heat the beets in a pan with butter and balsamic or sherry vinegar until the vinegar evaporates, then spoon the beets into the nest.

I’m liking what I’ve learned about beets so far, and hope to increase how many of them we grow next year.

What are your experiences with beets?

2 Responses to “We’ve got the beets.”

  1. What Pigs Don't Know
    18 December 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I am madly in love with this roasted beet recipe I made up. You should give it a try! -Carrie

    http://pigsdontknow.blogspot.com/2010/07/homemadewarm-beet-and-goat-cheese-salad.html

  2. CoMo Homestead
    19 December 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Ooh, it sounds excellent! Thanks for sharing!