Roasted Beets

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Beets are a hit or miss kind of thing with most people. I really believe this is because they’ve only had canned or boiled beets. Roasted beets are another story entirely. Roasting brings out a sweetness that balances the strong earthy taste of beets in the most delicious, perfect way.

roasted and peeled beets

It’s a super simple, fool proof method and best of all –  no need to peel raw beets. After roasting, the skins just slip right off you won’t believe how easily. Once you try it, I promise roasting will be your go to way to make beets!

Roasted beets can be tossed with a vinaigrette, glazed over rice, mixed with hummus or as a topping for skordalia to give you some quick ideas. The ways you’ll find to use them will be endless.

Roasting Instructions

Wash, wash, scrub and rinse your beets to get the dirt off. Especially if they’ve come from a farmers market or garden, beets can be very dirty! They do come out of the ground so it’s ok but you don’t want dirt grit in your food.

If your beets still have the leafy greens attached, using a sharp knife, cut the greens where they grow from the beet bulb. It’s ok to do this before washing your beets. I sometimes like to have the greens to hang onto as I wash and cut them off once I’m done. Set the greens aside. Cooking instructions for beet greens here.

golden beets and greens

I leave the string end of the beet on as it gives me something to hang onto when peeling but feel free to discard if you’d like.

On a flat baking sheet, place a 12-18 inch long piece of aluminum foil. This will hold anywhere from 8-10 small/med beets. Toss the cleaned, unpeeled beets in olive oil and salt. Place beets lengthwise on the foil in a line 2 across for smaller or end to end for larger. Pull up either side and pinch the ends together to completely enclose beets in the foil packet.

ready for roasting

If you’d like to roast more beets at one time, just use additional pieces of foil on the same pan. You’ll be able to fit as many as three or four on a medium size baking sheet.

Roast beets at 400 degrees for 50-60 minutes. 50 minutes is usually fine for small/medium beets. If you are roasting ones more than say 4″ in diameter, I’d leave them in for 60 minutes. Don’t worry about mixing sizes in your packet. The smaller beets will be fine even with the extra time.

Once out of the oven, open foil packet being careful of the steam. Let the beets sit for at least 15 minutes before attempting to handle.

beets out of the oven

When they are cool enough, gently rub the skin away from the beet. No need to use a knife. Don’t save the skins, off to the compost they go. You may want to think about using gloves especially when handling red beets. If you’re going to dive in old school, just soak your dyed fingers in a mixture of lemon juice and a little salt for  few minutes. Rinse and you should be fine.

gently rub off skins

From here you’re limited only by your imagination. A suggestion when tossing in a vinaigrette, do this while beets are still warm. The warm beets just soak up the flavors.

roasted golden and red beets with wilted beet greens

5 Responses to Roasted Beets

  1. Hope January 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Thank you KiKi ! This is the only way I cook my beets any more. Easy & SO fabulous!

    • Kiki January 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

      So glad you like it!

  2. Despo fondulis February 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Never thought beets couldbeso tasty great prep instructions..wonderful pics..thanks

    • Kiki May 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

      I know! Aren;t they a totally different vegetable when roasted? Glad you liked them 🙂

  3. Carol October 29, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    I love beets! I can’t wait to try them this way. Aluminum foil is soo bad for us, though. I’ll try with parchment paper. Should be great!

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