Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Don’t Hate Beets!

Many people do not like beets (except maybe pickled beets like I posted yesterday), which is too bad because they are very nutritious, as well as tasty. Personally, I think beet dislike is because they have never had a good, tasty beet dish… so here’s one to convert even those with the most vile hatred of beets… provided you can get them to take the first taste!

Sautéed Orange Beets


3 large beets

2 large onions

1 pat butter

1-2 Tbs. Olive oil

2 large juicy oranges

Salt to taste

Chop 2 large onions and sauté until almost translucent in a tablespoon or two of olive oil and a pat of butter for taste.

Meanwhile, peel and grate 3 large beets. (Wear gloves to keep your hands from staining, although the pigment is water-soluble and washes/wears off quickly.) Also, zest 2 large juicy oranges, and squeeze the juice into a container. Reserve the zest and juice.

When the onions are about half-translucent, add the grated beets, the orange juice, and about 1/4 of the zest.

Cover and steam in the orange juice for about 8-10 minutes (depending on how finely you grated the beets) until the beets are barely tender. Add a little salt, and more of the orange zest if you want it a little more orange taste. Serve while still hot.

Believe me, with this recipe I have turned many people onto beets who swore they absolutely hated them!

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