July 12, 2008


Girls, I need your help today.  While at the farmers market I was over come with an urge to make beets. Having no idea how to make them did not lessen this urge! So now I am sitting here with a sink full of beets, wondering what in the world to do.

Zsa Zsa said that we should wash, boil, then peel and slice them. Now girls my mother in awe also has never made beets (sigh) ~ But given the fact that she has made some of the best food I have ever had the pleasure of eating I will follow her suggestion.  

But then what? Neither of us are sure where to go from there.  We enjoy our beets slightly sweet and vinegary.  Should I make a vinaigrette to top them once they are cooked?

If you have any suggestions or a tried and true recipe please send it my way.  

Thanks girls~  


Michelle July 12, 2008 at 2:00 PM  

I am so sorry, friend. I am of little help in the kitchen. I do have much experience with beets in a can in the fruits & vegetables aisle, though. Can you believe Leila's favorite food is Pickled Beets? Yessiree. I think since she ate borsht at such an early age, her taste for beets must have stuck. I hope you find the recipe you are looking for!

Denise C July 12, 2008 at 2:58 PM  

Unfortunately I am no help at all!!! But I do want to hear all about how you do end up preparing them from start to finish!
Honestly I don't think I have even eaten a beet since I was a little girl and Mama made me eat them ...healthy choices ya know! hee-hee!

Have fun cooking up those pretty red beets!


Daniella July 12, 2008 at 5:10 PM  

Wish I could help - I bought an artichoke today and have no clue what to do with it. I just called my mom to tell me how to cook it. I can't wait to see what you do with them - that's one of my favorite veggies!

Colleen July 12, 2008 at 6:43 PM  

Yikes! I have no clue how to cook them.....never have. I'd love to hear how they turn out though!

Nicole July 12, 2008 at 6:56 PM  

Peel, boil until fork tender, slice and let cool. Make a vinagerette (Oil, white vinager, sugar, salt and pepper)and pour on top. You could also roast (like potatoes) them and then pour the vinagerette on top.

Jana July 12, 2008 at 8:03 PM  

I love them roasted -- I quarter them, brush them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and roast them at 400 degrees until tender. I LOVE beets!! And I also love to add them, while still warm, to a salad with fresh greens and goat cheese, served with a balsamic vinegarette.

Good luck!!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! July 12, 2008 at 8:44 PM  

Here is a recipe that looked good to me....check it out!


Sorry, you will have to copy and paste...if you have problems, email me...it's on my profile!

Good luck girl!


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! July 12, 2008 at 8:48 PM  

Ok, it erased it half of the address....you will have to email me and I will give you the link!


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! July 12, 2008 at 9:09 PM  

We love beets in this house....yes I did make them and we loved them....Tyler has a lot of great recipes he is one of my fav's.....did I ever tell you that cooking is one of my passions?

Paula July 12, 2008 at 9:23 PM  

I agree with Nicoles comment,except I boil them with the peel on and let them cool and take it off, otherwise I do it exactly the same way.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! July 12, 2008 at 9:33 PM  

If you go to my blog, then click on my profile, on the left side it has says Email....click on it and it will give you my email address.

I am thinking about picking a day each week for a favorite recipe.....we like to experiment in this house....so we are always trying new things! We even have my Nick addicted to the food network....he prefers the food channel over cartoons!

Jana July 12, 2008 at 9:49 PM  

In answer to your question, I don't peel prior to roasting, and I really prefer roasting to boiling. On a side note, if you boil them this spring, toss in some eggs and you'll have beautifully-colored Easter eggs:).

I LOVE your blog!


Michelle July 12, 2008 at 10:34 PM  

I have never prepared them, either...but finding lots of great suggestions in your comments!

Have a great week-end!

Amanda July 13, 2008 at 8:36 PM  

Guatemalan enchiladas are made with cooked, diced beets topping a crunchy tostada! They are to die for!! you actually cook cabbage, beets, peas, and diced carrots, mix them all together, serve on a tostada, sprinkle some dry cheese, cilantro, and a couple of slices of hard boiled egg... YUM!!!

Marla July 13, 2008 at 10:21 PM  

good luck with the beets, I dont know how to fix them but they sure are yummy.

mamamia July 13, 2008 at 11:39 PM  

I love them roasted. You can also pickle them along with eggs. My kids call them "purple eggs." They are so yummy. Let me know if you want the recipe.

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