LOOKING for: Beet Recipes

rivkadrAugust 5, 2008

I have a bunch of beets from my CSA. I don't really know what to do with them, and my husband has declared that he hates beets! (I used my last bunch in a batch of chocolate cupcakes, and he didn't even know he was eating beets -- hee!)

I need some recipes that are something besides beet salad, that someone who says he hates beets will find palatable. We are vegetarian, so nothing with meat, please. Help?

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This week's recipes for health from the NY Times are for beets.

I have to agree with your husband, but if you can sneak them into something good, more power to you. There are some foods that my mother ruined for me, and beets are one.

There are some good looking recipes on their dining and food site.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2008 at 8:22AM
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CHLODNIK (serves 4) (Polish Borscht)
1 lb raw beets, trimmed but with 1" of stems left intact
3 cups chicken stock (vegetable stock works)
3 cups water
Salt to taste
1 cup small shrimp, cooked & peeled, optional
1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt
3 TBL vinegar, preferably apple cider vinegar
1 TBL lemon juice
5 tsp sugar
Salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup finely diced cucumber
1/4 cup finely diced green onions, green part included
1/2 cup trimmed, thinly sliced radishes, optional
1/4 cup finely chopped dill

rinse beets well & put them into a saucepan in which they will fit snugly. Add the stock, water & salt. Bring to the simmer. Cook, partly covered for 30-40 minutes or until the beets are tender.
Drain but reserve both the beets & their cooking liquid. You'll need 1 1/2 to 2 cups liquid. Using your fingers or a small paring knife, remove & discard the stmes & tender outer skin of each beet. Cut the beets into 1/8ths. Should be about 2 cups.
Put the beets & about 1/2 cup of the liquid in a processor. Blend thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a bowl & add the remaining liquid. Let cool then chill thoroughly.
If using, cut the shrimp into small bits & add to the soup. Add the sour cream, vinegar, lemon juice & sugar & stir to blend. If desired, add more vinegar, lemon juice & sugar, according to taste. Add salt & pepper. Stir in the cucumber, green onions, radishes & dill. Chill.~~Craig Claiborne

    Bookmark   August 7, 2008 at 5:15AM
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Here is a link to a thread from a while back using canned beets. You could easily use fresh beets instead of canned.

Here is a link that might be useful: ideas/recipes for beets

    Bookmark   August 7, 2008 at 3:31PM
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