Beets and Greens

As a kid, I wasn’t very fond of beets except for pickled beets. Maybe it was because we didn’t have fresh beets, only canned – I don’t remember. But my ex-MIL taught me to love fresh beets by making them very simply – just boiled, then sauteed in a bit of butter. That’s still my favorite way to have them.

I also cooked the greens – I’m not a huge fan of greens other than spinach. I don’t hate them, and I’ll eat them if they’re served to me, but I generally wouldn’t order them or buy them to cook.

Beet greens are pretty mild (I like to use baby leaves in salads), so I’m usually okay with those too. After trying this recipe for Beet Greens with Oregano and Feta, I’ll probably be having them more often. I was actually glad that DH wouldn’t eat any, because that meant more for me. This was a recipe I might even buy beet greens for. I didn’t actually bother measuring anything when I made it, but I did use all of those ingredients, with fresh oregano from the garden.

Beets and Beet Greens

Uh, sorry about the half-eaten food. It wasn’t until I tasted the greens that I decided I needed to blog it.

For the beets, I just cut the stems off, leaving an inch or so attached to the beets. Then I boil them (whole and unpeeled) until soft. I had some small ones in addition to large ones, so I just checked them once in a while and took the smaller ones out when they were tender, leaving the larger ones to cook longer. To see if they’re done, stick a fork in the stem end – if it goes in easily, they’re done. After they’re cooked, the skins will peel right off. Then slice or dice them and saute them in some butter for a little bit. Mmm-mmm good!

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12 Responses to Beets and Greens

  1. Chris says:

    Beets. *shudder* I’m ok with the greens, though.

  2. Amy says:

    Beets are the bane of my CSA existence. I’m determined to find a way to like them this year. I’m not wild about them boiled. Maybe roasted will do the trick.

  3. margene says:

    Beets and their greens….I love both! Must try this recipe.

  4. Lauren says:

    I am loving the pink swirly beets sliced thin on my salads lately. They are sweet and yummy. That recipe sounds great!

  5. Carrie says:

    I never have liked beets as an adult, but haven’t had anything but canned. I might think about trying your recipe.

  6. Nora says:

    Love beets. Love greens. Mmmm. Roasted beets are really good, too.

  7. Judy says:

    I am in love with fresh beets!!!!
    I have planted 3 times to ensure I have enough this year.
    Can. Not. Get. Enough.


  8. Karen says:

    Now this was really something I needed to read. I’ve really never like beets–but will try them your way and see! Love greens, however! Fun blog!

  9. Norma says:

    I just wanna slap people who say they hate beets. Heh. Honestly, they are SO DELICIOUS. Though I do understand if one has only had BAD beets, they are BAD. But it’s like anything else — once you’ve had good ones, it’s life-changing.

    I love them roasted. I love them boiled and drizzled with a bit of butter. I love them pickled. I love them boiled OR roasted and coated with a maple vinaigrette. I love pickled beets in potato salad — makes it tangy and pink.

    Have I made my point yet? Heh.

    Try beet greens wilted and tossed with bacon. Mmmmmmm.

  10. Cher says:

    The beet recipe is one I am going to try very soon. I will eat any veggie, so this is perfect for me, also the greens recipe since I love them. Plus they are low acidic. yay!

  11. Miss T says:

    Hmm. I’m sure my CSA is working on an evil plot to give me more beets, so I’ll have to try this. I don’t *hate* beets, but I don’t go out of my way for them. Love the greens, though.

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