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What to do with beets?

melly Jun 17, 2009 10:49 AM

I roasted lots that I got at the farmers market. Too many really. We've had them plain, in salads, with feta, etc. What else can I do with them? They are already cooked and sliced. I am so running out of ideas.

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  1. thunderbug84 RE: melly Jun 17, 2009 11:01 AM

    My friends and I have 2 CSA shares and we just got a bunch of beets too. We had a fantastic dish with them which we took from Deborah Madison's local flavors (though we tweaked it a bit)

    first, make some marinated onions by taking some nice sweet onions (spring if you have them, otherwise red) and slicing them. Put them in a bowl and cover them with white wine vinegar or something similar (we used apple cider vinegar). put them in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

    we steamed the beet tops for 2 minutes and let them cool. If you dont have beet tops, maybe you can use spinach? Next we steamed the beets. Since yours are roasted, I'd just reheat them.

    Last, we made a homemade pesto and tossed it with the beets and the greens. Then, we topped it with the marinated onions. The beets and pesto together are really rich, so the onions bring in just the right amount of acidity and crunch.

    This was a big hit with 5 people who didnt think that they liked beets, so its worth a shot!

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    1. re: thunderbug84
      melly RE: thunderbug84 Jun 17, 2009 01:09 PM

      I am doing this for sure.

    2. pikawicca RE: melly Jun 17, 2009 11:05 AM

      Make soup!

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      1. re: pikawicca
        melly RE: pikawicca Jun 17, 2009 01:08 PM

        You think I'm Russian? I'll give it a shot.

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          pikawicca RE: melly Jun 17, 2009 05:28 PM

          There are some excellent Middle Eastern beet soups. It's not all borscht.

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            scubadoo97 RE: pikawicca Jun 17, 2009 06:50 PM

            Yes, soup kibbe with beets

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              pikawicca RE: scubadoo97 Jun 18, 2009 07:14 AM

              I love kibbe, but can't imagine how to do it with beets.

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                scubadoo97 RE: pikawicca Jun 18, 2009 08:08 AM

                First note I don't cook by recipe

                For the kibbe/kubbaI decided to make the shell using a combination of coarse and fine bulgur wheat, semolina and a little ground rice along with some 99% fat free ground turkey I found at the market and mixed syrian spices. I used this same turkey for the filling which was mixed with diced onions, celery leaves and spices.

                For the soup I used 2 large beets, 2 large turnips, carrots, onions, celery, garlic, a red potato, sweet potato and the tops from the beets and turnips. Because this had so many vegetables I didn't want to add the kubba directly to the soup for fear of them breaking up so simmered them in chicken broth first which was then added to the soup. I good dose of lemon was added for a sweet and sour taste. Over all I was impressed with the soup and kubbah. Of course I will not be able to make it exactly two times in a row which is par of my cooking.

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                  melly RE: scubadoo97 Jun 18, 2009 11:20 AM

                  Fantastic!! Thanks so much.

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        silverhawk RE: melly Jun 17, 2009 11:10 AM

        we like sliced cold beets topped with sourcream/horseradish and chopped boiled eggs.

        (I guess you've demonstrated that the beets go on.)

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        1. re: silverhawk
          MMRuth RE: silverhawk Jun 17, 2009 12:29 PM

          Goin has a marvelous sauce with creme fraiche, cream and horseradish. May be a little lemon juice to.

          Here's a link to a dish I've recently made, twice:


          I then used the beets in a "salade Nicoise" of sorts as well.

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            melly RE: MMRuth Jun 17, 2009 01:08 PM

            okay...that's nice.

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              MMRuth RE: melly Jun 17, 2009 01:09 PM

              By the way - the "new" advanced search function is working quite nicely now. You can put "beets", for example, in the "title" box, and get useful results.

              Edit - to get to advanced search, just click on search, and proceed from there:


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            melly RE: silverhawk Jun 17, 2009 01:03 PM

            I wish I'd thought of that ...the beets go on! Very clever indeed. I just made chopped liver so I do have some boiled eggs around...and the other stuff too.

          3. goodhealthgourmet RE: melly Jun 17, 2009 11:12 AM


            there were more, but i got tired of copying & pasting :)

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
              melly RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 17, 2009 01:05 PM

              Thank you. I did a search for beet recipes before posting..but I was too lazy to do what you did. Now I feel bad. Okay, I'm over it now. Thanks again!

              Hey, I could've started yet another thread on "what's your favorite foodie movie?"

            2. scubadoo97 RE: melly Jun 17, 2009 12:24 PM

              make a salad with thin slice fennel bulb, raw or cooked beets, supremes of oranges, the fennel tops or dill and a nice vinaigrette made with the orange juice from the orange you sectioned.

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                scuzzo RE: scubadoo97 Jun 17, 2009 02:02 PM

                That's a wicked salad! I love to roast them whole, then peel and use in salads or just eat them warm with a bit of butter. Roasting changes and enhances the flavor substantially.

                I also love rutabaga beet juice. Seriously it's great Two thirds rutabaga, on third beet. Deep purple, sweet and delicious!

              2. LNG212 RE: melly Jun 17, 2009 01:09 PM

                I'm sure I replied on one of those threads posted by goodhealthgourmet. But when we were overrun with beets from our CSA, we used them to make beet and goat cheese ravioli. And served with butter sauce, often with poppy seeds in the sauce.

                We also put beets on grilled cheese sandwiches.

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                1. re: LNG212
                  melly RE: LNG212 Jun 17, 2009 03:41 PM

                  wow..beets on grilled cheese?? I am so there.

                2. Paula76 RE: melly Jun 17, 2009 03:20 PM

                  I started a thread recently asking for suggestions to make beets more palatable for someone who (like me) is not particularly keen on them. Having tried a few and experimented with my own ideas, one of the best was a kind of beet hoummous or spread that I served with chickpea patties. I roasted some beets in foil and processed them with lemon juice, olive oil, basil and natural yogurt. It was delicious.

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                    melly RE: Paula76 Jun 17, 2009 03:41 PM

                    Oh my. I have everything cept the yogurt. Could I use sour cream I wonder?

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                      scuzzo RE: melly Jun 17, 2009 04:00 PM

                      I think sour cream would rock!

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                        Paula76 RE: scuzzo Jun 17, 2009 05:00 PM

                        It definetely would. I also tried it with a bit of single cream I had left and it was really good.

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                    normalheightsfoodie RE: melly Jun 17, 2009 03:41 PM

                    Use a tomato past can to stack them Between each beet, use a little goat cheese and a piece of arugala and stack them using the can. Use your finger to press down each layer.

                    1. Antilope RE: melly Jun 17, 2009 06:17 PM

                      Make a Chocolate Beet Cake

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                        doughreme RE: melly Jun 17, 2009 07:57 PM

                        Love, love, love beets. We eat them a few times a week. Like the others we put them in salads. I make them the night before and put them in baggies to use in salads. I found out that they are great with spinach ravioli olive oil. To make them more attractive to kids (I teach kids cooking), I grate them with grated carrots and coat chicken brushed with honey. Don't forget the beet tops. Saute with olive oil and squeeze lemon before serving. Crunchy salt too.

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                          melly RE: doughreme Jun 18, 2009 11:21 AM


                        2. msmarabini RE: melly Jun 18, 2009 06:53 AM

                          Sliced beets are great as a topping on hamburgers, along with lettuce, tomato, cheese, etc. This is how the Aussies and Kiwis eat their burgers, and it tastes really nice, giving a hint of sweetness to the meat.

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