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Fresh beet recipes?

We'll be getting beets from the co-op next week. I liked canned beets when I was a child, but I have never eaten fresh beets. I know I could just bake them, but do you know some more interesting things to do with them?

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  1. why not make a hot borscht soup? if it's getting cooler where you are, it might be a nice soup for autumn!

    1. In the new October edition of Bon Appetite there is a recipe for beet gnocchi with rosemary. It looked interesting. recipe should be up on Epi. before too long.

      1. Or a cold borscht. I made one last week and it was delicious--and easy. It's from Bittman's How to Cook Everything. Essentially you peel and grate some beets and onions, and mix them withater and lemon juice, salt and pepper, if I remember correctly. When it's chilled, you serve it with a hot boiled potato and a dollop of sour cream. It's delicious without the potato and sour cream too.

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        1. re: rudykins

          You might also add some fresh dill on top and some raw garlic on the side. A friend who lived in Russia always ate it this way and the mildness of the soup is nice with the spice of the garlic.

        2. Bake them and use in salads:
          Beets, goat cheese, walnut, lettuce and walnut or lemon vinaigrette
          Smoked fish or leftover beef, cucumber, horseradish cream
          Just dress it with a little dill or caraway, lemon juice and olive oil
          Bake it and cut it up for side dishes:
          glaze with sugar and orange juice
          beet sour cream and dill
          part of a roasted vegetable medley
          Make Red Flannel Hash

          1. Boil, steam or bake them and then toss in Balsamic vinegar - yummmm.....they last for a long time if the frig that way - we often dress a dinner plate with a beet or two.....people who swear they hate beets love them