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Aug 19, 2006 09:49 PM

BEET RECIPES, PLEASE (including the leaves!)

We just bought a lovely bunch at the farmstand. Can anhyone share an easy beet appetizer and interesting preparations using the leaves as a side dish.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Roasted beets with walnuts & your choice of blue cheese is wonderful...especially if you have some walnut oil to use in the dressing....

    1. I have written earlier about a wonderful beet salad we had ad A-16 Restaurant in SF. It was roasted beats tossed with cooked beet greens, slivers of onions, walnuts and some sort of tangy cheese in an olive oil and vinegar dressing. I've made it many times since, using goat cheese and feta cheese with equal good results.

        1. I roast the beats in the oven till tender..then peel while still warm. I chill them, then cut into 1/4" cubes. I add feta or goat cheese along with a vinagrette of extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, a little sugar, and lemon. Toss together and chill for an hour. I serve the salad over the greens. You can also saute the greens with some garlic or shallots and olive oil...and some chopped bacon is great on it.

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          1. re: melly

            i do something similar but i like to throw in some orange juice (Blood orange juice if i'm feeling saucy) in place of the lemon, no sugar needed.

          2. Beets and goat cheese are delicioius!

            I have had this several ways but the easiest is to roast in tinfoil with a little balsamic sprinkled in or boiled...your preference, slice them or rough chop, add walnuts, and broken up pieces of goat cheese. you can make a nice vinagrette with a little balsamic and walnut oil if you have.

            Add the vinagrette before the cheese....if you toss the cheese in it will look a strange pink mess.