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4 Ways to Cook Beets

Use any one of these four methods to prepare beets for recipes that call for them to be roasted, steamed, or boiled. Try the slow-roast method for Beet Salad with Arugula and Oranges, or try the fast-roast method for Roasted Beets with Mint-Yogurt Sauce.

4 Ways to Cook Beets

Source: Everyday Food, October 2010

Ingredients

For Each Method

  • 1 bunch beets (about 1 1/2 pounds), scrubbed

For Roasted Methods

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, toss beets with oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover dish tightly with foil; roast until tender when pierced with a knife, 45 to 60 minutes, depending on size. When cool enough to handle, rub with a paper towel to remove skins.

  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place beets (peeled and cut into 1/2-inch wedges) on a large piece of foil on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Fold foil around beets and crimp ends to form a packet. Roast until beets are tender when pierced with a knife, 25 to 30 minutes.

  3. Set a steamer basket in a saucepan with 2 inches simmering water. Add beets (peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces). Cover and steam until beets are tender when pierced with a knife, 15 to 20 minutes.

  4. Place beets (peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces) in a large pot of boiling salted water. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until beets are tender when pierced with a knife, 15 to 20 minutes; drain.

Reviews (2)

  • pwomen 19 Apr, 2014

    It's April and I was looking for beet recipes- the last review was left in Feb. Please fix the STEPs as they are not steps but different methods, as the post before mine said. Beets are too wonderful to kill by using all four steps! Hello? anyone there?!

  • lmlarock 16 Feb, 2014

    These are not steps. These are four methods, to be used separately. If you are not supposed to do one step after another step, they should not be labeled as steps. Disappointing to find this kind of mistake on the Martha Stewart website.

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