Beets with Balsamic & Spices

lemonbird
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Here's one of our favorite make ahead, easy recipes from a friend that will last for quite a while in your fridge. We've had several people try this one who don't like beets and it was a hit.

Beets with Balsamic Vinegar & Spices

- 1 or 2 bunches of beets depending on how many you need (1 bunch is enough for 2 people for about a week)
- Balsamic Vinegar (any good, cheap kind that you like)
- Spice mix with garlic powder, onion powder or a little of both of those to sprinkle on

- Cut beet greens from tops of beats just leaving the red part of the vegetable.
*If you make salads & they are fresh enough, you can chop up the beet greens and eat them in a salad or you can cook them up like swiss chard.
- Scrub the beets just enough to get the dirt off of them.
- Put the beets in a small pan and cover with water. (Make sure the pan is a little larger than the beets & the water or you risk boiling over with red juice everywhere.)
- Bring the water to boil on the stove and turn down a bit and cook for about 20-30 minutes until the beets are soft.
- When done, drain off the water and pour some balsamic vinegar over the beets. Use just enough to coat and and a little more (not a lot of vinegar).
- Sprinkle onion powder, garlic powder or your own spice mix on the beats.
- Serve the beets warm by themselves or refrigerate and chop them up in large chunks and add to your favorite salad (we add them to fresh spinach with a little goat cheese & a few nuts).
- These will keep in your refrigerator for a week or two.

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mosaica
Bento-ing from: › Vermont › USA
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Re: Beets with Balsamic & Spices

Sounds yummy! I'm a lover of the beetroot --this christmas I gave jars of pickled beets (from my garden) as gifts to family and friends, and I still have several jars of little baby pickled beets which make great bento colour/filler. And I love them in the same sort of salad you mentioned with spinach, nuts, goat cheese, etc. Mmm!

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annenayne
Bento-ing from: › California › USA
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Re: Beets with Balsamic & Spices

What a great serving idea! I love root vegetables.

Have you ever tried this with golden beets? I suspect the taste wouldn't change much, but I'm wondering whether the balsamic would nicely color the beets or make them look dingy.

Courtney
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Re: Beets with Balsamic & Spices

This fascinates me. As silly as it sounds, I have always been *afraid* of beets. As a young child, we were forced to eat the nasty ones at school and I remember them being cold, slippery and a bizarre color. Yet since moving to the UK, I have heard so many people rave about them that I should probably give them another chance. This sounds pretty good so perhaps if I run into some on offer I may try it. :)

lemonbird
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Re: Beets with Balsamic & Spices

A reply to a couple of comments -- We haven't tried this recipe with golden beets but we have used a few different kinds of red beets (some with stripes on the inside). I do think the balsamic might make the color look dingy but if you don't mind that, I'm sure the taste will be amazing.

And yes, these are a bright, cheery taste (even my friends kids love them)!! And no slimy yuck involved. Hope you try & enjoy!

mosaica
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Re: Beets with Balsamic & Spices

A nice option for golden beets, or those stripey chioggia beets (mmm) would be to use another non-dark vinegar. I made some chive blossom vinegar which is a pale pretty pink and has a lovely onion-y bite to it and I bet that would work nicely. Or you could try white wine vinegar or tarragon vinegar, or any pale vinegar!

annenayne
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Re: Beets with Balsamic & Spices

I'm completely stuffed from dinner, but "chive blossom vinegar" just made my mouth water.

mosaica
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Re: Beets with Balsamic & Spices

*grin*

If I can ever manage to swing another road-trip out west (I've been dreaming about this lately, hearing all the Daiso store stories) I'll bring ya out a bottle ;-)

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