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Oct 4, 2007 02:39 PM

BEETS!! beets?

5 pounds of them seemed like such a good idea at the time. please share your directions for transforming these into edible versions. they currently feel like a hostile invader species in my crisper.

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  1. Love this recipe. I've made it with all kinds of beef, including leftovers. Always good.

    1. I roast them on the grill whole until tender, let cool, then remove the outer peel. Incredible on salads. Not like canned beets at all.

      1. Beet salad. Roast, peel, and cut the beets into bite-sized pieces, then sprinkle them over baby greens with goat cheese and candied nuts.

        Borscht. In a heavy pan, brown beef (or other meat of your choice) in oil; remove the meat from the pan and saute onions, carrots, and celery. Remove the veggies and deglaze the pan with stock. Add back the previous solids as well as beets and potatoes, bring to a simmer, cook until the veggies are tender. Add sugar, vinegar, thyme, and caraway seeds to taste. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

        1. oh, great ideas so far. Now here is a brilliant (ie. embarassing) question:
          I get the "until tender" part, but with two kids under two and post-poartem amnesia, I tend to forget things. So is it possible to over-roast beets? I don't mean will they not turn to charred bits, but will they ever get unpalatable-y mushy?

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          1. re: alex8alot

            I definitely identify with the tending to forget things, without the excuse (unless post-partum issues last ten years and affect the males of the species too).

            Yes, you can overcook beets, but the window between done and over-done is pretty sizeable. Cook at lower temps and it's even bigger.

            My favorite solution is to use a digital thermometer with a remote probe. Set it for the temperature you want, insert the probe, and wait for the beeping to tell you it's time to take the food out of the oven.

            1. re: alanbarnes

              oh great idea! truly, this introduction to digital technology could change my life, and that of my loved ones' forever. I never thought of that... brilliant!!! and for that, I will buy the male post-partum by association justification :)

            2. re: alex8alot

              I do 'em on the grill, and I don't pay that much attention to them. I do have them on a clay tile from home depot though. I do think they are pretty forgiving. Leaving the skin on helps 'em keep from drying out. Mine always seem tender and great. After cooling, I only peel the ones I'm ready to use.

              1. re: scuzzo

                how long do the cooked ones last in the fridge?

                1. re: scuzzo

                  any special things to know when buying the grill tile?

                  1. re: alkapal

                    You don't really need a set of tiles - just wrap in foil the way you would do in the oven. Indirect heat, lid on.

              2. or lose their shape and fall apart?