Beets are a vegetable that I have never been quite fond of. Now, that being said, it is also a vegetable that I, up until a year ago, have not eaten very much either. So clearly, I can’t be too quick to judge. My mom used to make Pickled Beets and Eggs when I was growing up and…I liked the eggs:) This summer I have made it my goal to start to really like beets. Yes, that is right…I challenged myself with the task of actually “liking” beets.
I have to say, at the halfway mark, I have completed my challenge. With weeks in a row of beets in our CSA share, sometimes double, I have found SO many recipes that I have come to love over the last few weeks! Actually, the recipe that sealed the deal was one made at Eckerton at their Gardening Workshop Lunch…Roasted Beet Salad. It is amazing what a correctly done roasted beet will do for you! Oh and a side note about the roasting…DO IT over boiling… the beets retain their color that way:)
I have created a list of recipes that will go along with my challenge to like beets. I mean, really like beets. Some of the recipes I have tried and some are on the list for the next harvest of beets we get!
1. Pickled Beets and Eggs- Here it is…the recipe from my childhood (well, not the exact one, but one exactly like it). I grew up in PA and apparently these are pretty big in PA Dutch areas! Man do they bring back memories! Of course I loved the egg part, especially the color – bright pink! But I can remember how my dad adored my mom’s pickled beets!
2. Beet Jam - I had never even heard of this until my friend Kris told me about it. She has such fond memories of her mother and grandmother making this and enjoying it when she was a kid. I thought I would give it a try. I did and it was a huge fail…not the taste (that part was awesome, the consistency). Don’t worry, I will be trying it again!
3. Beet Pancakes - C and I have been practically obsessed with making these lately. We have even been stocking up on beet puree in the freezer so we will have it to use in the winter months. These pancakes come out a beautiful shade of purplish pink – the most gorgeous (and healthy) way to start your morning! Here is our recipe for these beet pancakes!
4. Roasted Beet Hummus - We took this bad boy to a 4th of July party. I really liked it and so did many others! I paired it with fennel which I think was the thing that threw people off. If you haven’t tasted fresh fennel before, it tastes a lot like anise. You either love it or hate it! The color of this side dish though was amazing. It was really beautiful for a picnic!
5. Crispy Baked Beet Chips - Much along the same lines as kale chips, sweet potato chips, whatever else chips, you have baked beet chips. These look delicious! I have yet to try them, but can’t wait to play around with spices!
6. Roasted Beet Salad - I have had this twice now, at both the Gardening Workshop I went to as well as a Barn BBQ and Party. As simple as roasting beets with some salt, pepper, and olive oil until softened and tossing in a fresh salad with some chevre, it was delicious!
7. Beet Burgers - Now, I am a huge fan of vegetarian burgers. I have a to-die-for recipe for Black Bean Burgers, BUT…this recipe for Quarter Pounder Beet Burgers from Seven Spice looks amazing! This one uses brown rice as one of its main ingredients. I can’t wait to see the color of these and taste how the beet works into the recipe!
8. Chocolate Beet Cake - Umm…yes please! Not so much the color this time, but the taste. I have tasted chocolate and beets together and interestingly enough they are a wonderful pair! This cake looks like the perfect way to mix the two together.
9. Glazed Beet Donuts - I don’t need to write anything at all about these. They look and sound amazing! We are making these next!!
I am a complete beet convert! What are your favorite ways to eat beets?