What to do with a beet?

Before two years ago, I knew two things about beets:

1. They were the main ingredient in something called “Red Beet Eggs“.  My family often had these around when I was growing up and I never tried them as they looked awful.

2. Dwight Schrute farmed them on The Office.

Then Emily and I joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and began getting beets on a somewhat regular basis.  Now we had to figure out what to do with these hard red root veggies.  The first question is: how do you make them soft?

A little research showed there are two basic ways to soften the beets.  You can wrap them in aluminum foil with a little oil and roast them in the oven, or you can boil them in water.  Either way, once they are done (stick a fork in!) you wait till they are cool and peel the skin off.  A third way to do this is to use a peeler to peel the skin off while they are hard.  Depending which way you plan to eat them, you may want to soften them in different ways.

Now you’ve got your beet and you want to eat it.  What do you do?

1. Roasted Beets n’ Sweets

This recipe makes for a delicious side dish along with some sort of steak or chicken.  It could be a main dish too.  Emily and I have had this many times already.

2. Beet Salad with Pears and Goat Cheese

I like this the first day, but it is not as good as leftovers.  The trick is to keep everything in separate dishes: the pears, beets, cheese, dressing – and let each person mix it together in their own bowl.

3. Beet Muffins

Emily is not a fan of these, but I am.  Not only are they tasty muffins that make a good breakfast or snack, they are at least somewhat healthy due to the inclusion of our friend, the beet!

Do you have any beet recipes you enjoy?

PS: Don’t throw out the beet greens, they can be eaten too!

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