Thursday, March 1, 2012

Roasted Beets over Beet Greens

Ummmmm, yeah so I went to Wegmans again.  I try to control myself, really I do. I was trying to stick strictly to the 5 or 6 items on my list and NOT wander down any extra aisles (especially the produce and International aisles!) It did not quite work out that way...I did good..better than usual even...but still came out with a small cart full. Sigh.  I did snag these fabulous wonderful earthy beets while I was there and decided to cook up the gorgeous greens as well. Here is the side dish we had tonight. Hope you like it!

Roasted Beets & Beet Greens

2 bunches of fresh beets with greens 
4 tbl olive oil
2 cloves garlic - minced
2 slices bacon cut into pieces
salt and pepper
2 tbl butter
1 tble balsamic vinegar

Oven 350.  Wash beets and cut off the greens and set them aside. Lay whole on a foil covered cookie sheet. Drizzle with 2 tbl olive oil..roast in the oven 1 hour or more until the beets are easily pierced with a fork. Cool and slip the skins off. Cut into bite pieces and set aside. 
Chop the beet tops roughly into bite sized (ish) pieces. In a skillet cook the bacon until crisp, then add 2 tbl olive oil and the minced garlic. Do not burn the garlic! Add the beet greens and saute until hot and wilted. Place greens in a serving bowl or platter. Throw beets in hot skillet with 2 tbl butter and heat through - salt and pepper to taste.  Spoon over greens and serve. This dish is good hot but is also good at room temp or even cold.  Drizzle with balsamic if desired.


  1. I have fallen in love with beets! Oh my this looks delicious! I do agree..earthy. To me they taste like dirt and I used to love to eat dirt as a kid :-). I need to try the recipe is exactly the same except I don't measure and I use colored peppercorns and bake in the oven..the pink ones are really sweet and have pretty contrast. You are so lucky to have a market!

  2. Its quite a drive to get there...we are very rural...but I go crazy when I get the chance! I love beets too, roasted,baked,pickled. I have a recipe for beet chips I want to try too. Thanks for the comments it is nice to hear from a reader!


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