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Jul 8, 2010 07:12 AM

Help Me Like Beets

Every summer, I pick up a few bunches of beets from the farmer's market. And every year I aspire to really like beets. Yet my relationship with beets continues to be "meh." Obviously, the world will not end if I don't like beets. But I really want to...

Usually, I roast the beets and put them in a salad with a vinaigrette and goat cheese. I like this well enough to eat, but it's nothing special.

This year, I'd like to try something different. There has to be some way to really enjoy beets. I was thinking of shredding them raw and making a salad out of it.

What are some good beet recipes?


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  1. The beets roesti recipe in Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything (original edition) is awesome. I like to halve it, make it in an 8-inch skillet, cut the cake into quarters, and serve the quarters on a salad with bacon, goat cheese, and lightly dressed greens.

    1. I peel them, cube them,put them in a foil packet with olive oil, s&p, and roast. Never liked beets before. Like them now.

      1. I actually prefer steamed or boiled beets to roasted ones -- the flavor is a little less . . . I dunno . . . alkaline?

        I make a vinaigrette ahead of time, and peel the beets under running water, slice them into bite-size wedges or thick matchsticks, and throw them into the vinaigrette while they are still as warm as possible. They absorb LOTS of flavor this way!

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        1. re: operagirl

          I agree, after years of roasting beets, I have recently enjoyed them much more cut in batons (like french fry size) and steamed just until crisp tender and tossed in a lemon aioli (or if I'm saving time, just mayo with lemon zest and lemon juice)

        2. you could peel them, slice thinly and serve on hamburgers - along with tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese - and other fixings. It gives a little unexpected sweetness to the burger. Heaps of Aussies and Kiwis can't be wrong - they've been eating burgers like this for years.

          1. A salad of shredded raw beets is my favorite way of eating them- you can even treat it as a 'slaw' and use it as a sandwich topping. Just add sliced onion, chiles and plenty of chopped cilantro, dressed with lemon juice and salt. That's about all you need to do, if you add other ingredients the beets will tend to dominate them anyway, although a topping of goat cheese or feta can stand up to it pretty well if you prefer that component.

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            1. re: TongoRad

              My sister makes a wonderful shredded raw beet salad. I'll have to ask her for the recipe.