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What to do with beets?

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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. 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: pikawicca

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

        1. re: melly

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

          1. re: pikawicca

            Yes, soup kibbe with beets

            1. re: scubadoo97

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

              1. re: pikawicca

                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.

      2. 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

          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.

            1. re: melly

              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:


          1. re: silverhawk

            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.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              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. 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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              1. re: scubadoo97

                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. 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

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: Paula76

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

                    1. re: melly

                      I think sour cream would rock!

                      1. re: scuzzo

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

                  2. 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. 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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                        1. 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.