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Dec 3, 2007 02:00 PM

Please help with recipes for fresh beets

I have never cooked with fresh beets before and am looking for some good recipes. Any ideas other than just adding them to a salad? Thanks in advance.

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  1. I love them absolutely plain. Just baked or boiled. Then diced with some sweet onion, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Warm, room temperature or cold.

    The greens make a wonderful frittata. Sauté a bit of onion in some bacon drippings (I'm Southern) then sauté the chopped greens until well wilted, add the beaten eggs, cook until set, flip to cook the other side. Great lunch after the farmers' market.

    1. I, too, adore beets. Here's a link to a terrific recipe. It's Jamie Oliver's Seared Carpaccio of Beef with Roasted Baby Beets, Creamed Horseradish, Watercress and Parmesan. I make it with steak, even leftovers, and whatever greens are available. It's very forgiving and very, very good.

      1. You made me think of a warm beet salad that I used to do with roasted beets (just peel, cut into small cubes, toss with olive oil and salt and roast at 350 until tender), roasted potatoes, (same tech, different sheet pan), roasted string beans (just the stem end taken off), roasted onions in slices, all tossed together and served with your favorite blue cheese or a gorgonzola and some toasted walnuts.

        1. Beets with orange sauce and also harvard beets. Summer soup of cold borscht with sour cream, or beets just cooked and eaten plain.

          1. There are some great recipes on CHOW for beet crisps: and two awesome sandwiches, one with smoked salmon and dill yogurt: and a grilled cheese sandwich with goat cheese: