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 Post subject: so talk to me about beets..
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:14 pm 
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I have to be honest, I'm not a huge beet fan. We've been getting them in our CSA box and I'm not sure what to do with them. Any recipes ideas for someone who doesn't love them? :)


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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:17 pm 
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When in doubt: roast them!

This is true of practically any veggie.

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tOtally agree. roasted, with a tiny bit of olive oil and salt & pepper? YUM.

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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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Juice them! It's the only way I tolerate them and they are awesome as juice.

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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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I like them raw and grated, mixed with grated carrots and a vinaigrette. You could add in some grated cabbage too if you like, it looks pretty, because everything goes different shades of pink/purple.

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Red flannel hash, Vegan Brunch. It's the best way to eat beets if you're not a beet lover.

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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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ON Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, they had a restaurant that marinates thick slices of beets in a steak-type seasoning mix and roasts them and then serves them like a veggie burger....

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By the way, I'm really not a big fan of cooked beetroot, I can just about tolerate it now after years of simply avoiding it. I think raw is the way to go if you've only tried them cooked up to now and didn't like them, they seem fresher like that.

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ON Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, they had a restaurant that marinates thick slices of beets in a steak-type seasoning mix and roasts them and then serves them like a veggie burger....


Whoa. I am trying this ASAP. I've got heirloom beets in the garden.

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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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Here's the recipe for Beet Sliders:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/beet ... index.html

Obvs the Green Goddess isn't vegan, but isn't the AFR Sanctuary Dressing GG-like?

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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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What do you guys do with the greens? My roommate just got some and she doesn't want to waste them!

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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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Tofulish wrote:
Here's the recipe for Beet Sliders:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/beet ... index.html

Obvs the Green Goddess isn't vegan, but isn't the AFR Sanctuary Dressing GG-like?

There's a green goddess dressing in AFR, too!

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What do you guys do with the greens? My roommate just got some and she doesn't want to waste them!

I saute them, they taste just like chard!

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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:32 pm 
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yep, saute the greens or use in instances where you'd use chard or kale. for the root, try beet hummus.


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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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You can make me some borscht. Roasting them is something that people who don't like beets can usually tolerate. As for the greens, I usually just sautee those like every other green.

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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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Another beet burger (though I am going to try those sliders this week--they sound amazing). I add liquid smoke and sometimes I throw in a chopped onion, too. AWESOME. You can dehydrate these to stay raw, or bake them if you don't care about rawness (but I forget how long we baked them). My boyfriend tried frying one up and it became an ugly, crumbly mess, but it did taste good :)

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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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use the greens for saag! grate the beets and use instead of carrots in your favorite carrot cake. slice them on a mandolin and put them in salad rolls with a pb dipping sauce. mix them with potatoes and make samosas!

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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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I like to make a beet-lentil salad. Basically, it is just lentils (not mushy ones) with cooked beets and balsamic vinaigrette over a bead of baby spinach.

Beets have a weird aftertaste and I don't notice the aftertaste much with this salad, I guess because of the balsamic vinaigrette.


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Pickle?


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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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My partner says beets taste like dirt. At the farmers' market we tried a sample of pickled habanero beets, which were deemed tolerable. So, if you like hot peppers, maybe try hiding the flavor of the beets behind a massive wall of hot pepper flavor.


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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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Rhizopus Oligosporus wrote:
My partner says beets taste like dirt.


In my view this taste depends on the season. I like my red beets raw and grated into a salad. (whatever the season is)


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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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Rhizopus Oligosporus wrote:
My partner says beets taste like dirt.


that's what I think, too!


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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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I like to roast them and then add them to potato salad in the summertime. Or make a salad/slaw with shredded beets and apples.


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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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Are they just regular ole beets or delicious heirloom beets? I tried to love red beets and I just cannot for the life of me. Heirloom beets on the other hand, are insanely delicious little balls of sweet goodness when roasted!

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Shredded with apple, yum. Or like IDJI said, the red flannel hash from VB is great, the potatoes balance out the beets and the liquid smoke brings out their sweetness.

Or borscht, obviously.

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 Post subject: Re: so talk to me about beets..
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Tofulish wrote:
Here's the recipe for Beet Sliders:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/beet ... index.html

Obvs the Green Goddess isn't vegan, but isn't the AFR Sanctuary Dressing GG-like?

Those look tasty! I think I'll try them.

I love beets, but there seem to be a lot of beet-haters in my life. I find a lot of people have issues with them cooked, sometimes from terrible memories of being force-fed canned beets as a kid, so peeled and shredded is sometimes the way to go. The shredded parsnip and beet salad in V'Con is a favourite of ours.


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