The Day of The Beet
September 16, 2020 4:06pm CST
One fall, I went to a Chef's presentation on tomatoes. He made and served us Bruschetta, Bloody Mary, Bolognese, Capris Salad, and a Tomato Strawberry Tart. He also gave us the recipes. I still use his Bolognese recipe with my garden tomatoes. Today, I followed his idea, only with beets. I have a lot of beets in the garden still. I made a beet Smoothie. It also had carrot, apple and ginger. I followed that with Borscht (beet root soup. We also had a beet salad with feta, onion, olives and dressing. I followed that with chocolate cake. Most of the fat is replaced by mashed beet. I have made it with apple sauce, and pumpkin puree; it is good with any of them. What else can I make with beets today?
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• Cambridge, England
Are you one of the Beet Generation? I was actually brought up to believe that there was only one thing you could do with beet. That was to twist the tops off and throw them on the compost, boil them to within an inch of their lives, peel them, slice them, douse them in vinegar and eat them with cold meat. In fact, of course, there are so many more things they are good for (not to mention eating the young leaves in a salad). They don't have a lot of flavour of their own but they do have a lot of sugar and a useful texture (and, of course, the colour). You can make a pretty good spicy pickle with them and you can also make quite a good jam provided that you marry them with a good flavour such as orange or ginger. You can also roast them whole along with other root vegetables and squashes with a good sprinkling of warm spices, such as cumin and coriander. They also work well with sharp, acid things like feta (oh, I see that you did that). What about beetroot and plums or any sharp fruit like that? I have difficulty imagining what a tomato strawberry tart would be like. I shall have to try it!.(I have found a recipe).
I think the tart tasted like strawberry, really. Here is his recipe if you can read it. He made a Brown Butter Crust from a Martha Stewart lemon Tart recipe. I pretty much grew up with just boiled beets. And I don't remember my mom using the leaves. Hubby has made beet pickles too. Maybe we should make more. Maybe, I will roast some tomorrow.
I bought beets, I know I should not eat them because my kidney stones problems, but I like. I had one and I immediately did not feel well. I wonder what to do with the two I still have. The Caprese salad (from the city of Capri) is very popular in Italy, mozzarella, tomatoes, salt, pepper, olive oil and basil leaves. I had it yesterday.
• United States
've not eaten many beets'n my lifetime, though i plead laziness ('gnorance?) to their many uses. sure didn't know ya could use such fer cakes'n thingies. makes sense though 'fter readin' such. wonder what i could sneak 'em 'nto that the hubs'd consume?
• Austin, Texas
It's funny. I know beet is good for you. At one time I used to eat them because there was this salad bar at a cafeteria that I liked and they served beets. My mother-in-law believed in beets. But lately I have not been eating them. I think it's because my daughter started making the grocery list and she never put beets on the list and I never think of them when I'm at the store. Still! I do know the health value of beets. But I'm not that creative when it comes to recipes.