Wednesday, October 3, 2012

simple rosemary roasted beets

Pin It
DSC08119.jpg
i feel often times beets get a bad rap - and i have no idea why
they are beautiful in color, delicious when roasted and remarkable in stews.
it wasn't until recently that I have truly begun to appreciate the beet for all its worth.
it is a simple vegetable that is, in my opinion prepared just like that: simple.
 
when this batch came out of the oven, justin who has always proclaimed he was just "not into beets" popped one into his mouth and was instantly converted into a lover of beets.
 
now if i could only get him to love or even just like eggplant & artichokes  - even just a little.


DSC08139.jpg
this time of year in my csa and in the garden i have more beets than i know what to do with.
so on the weekends i like to roast up a big batch to have on hand throughout the week - i add them to wraps, salads, stir fry, soups and to any grain i cook up during the week.
DSC08178.jpg DSC08121.jpg
DSC08193.jpg
i prefer my beets a little more on the "crisper" side - if you like yours less you can certainly bake on a lower temp for a longer period of time - say 350* for 50 minutes.
beets paired with rosemary taste like, well i don't want to say the earth but i kinda do - there is a bit of sweetness and earthiness that reminds me cool crisp fall air & leaves.
DSC08138.jpg DSC08136.jpg
DSC08173.jpg
any beet would work well in this recipe; golden, chiogga, bulls eye, red ball - your farmer or local market should have a pretty nice selection this time of year if they grew a fall crop.
 
 have you always loved or hated beets?
did they grow on you over time & what's your favorite way to prepare them?
 
DSC08188.jpg
Simple Rosemary Roasted Beets
4 servings
 
you will need:
2-3 beets (about 4 cups worth) - sliced & quartered (depending on how large your beets are)
2 large sprigs of fresh rosemary minced (about 2 tbsp)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp coarse salt
 
assembly:
scrub beets well - peel if you that's what you prefer, i did not peel, slice & quarter to your desired thickness, i went about a 1/4" in thickness
 
place beets on a rimmed baking sheet, toss with all but 1 tsp of rosemary & olive oil
 
roast for 30-45 minutes in a 400* oven or until beets are tender, tossing half way through baking
 
remove from oven and sprinkle with reserved rosemary and coarse salt
 
enjoy as a side or atop a bed of greens with a dressed with a simple vinaigrette
Yum

27 comments:

  1. I always want to love beets. It still hasn't happened yet. I just don't taste anything except earthy dirt flavor. Hopefully someday!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hahaha it always crazks me up when people say they taste dirt, I literally stood in my kitchen eating these trying to taste that dirt flavor and I just couldn't taste it :) Maybe I need to invite you over for some rosted beets and see If I can change your mind :)

      Delete
  2. omigosh, your beets look SO GOOD. i prefer a crispier beet, as well. definitely need to add rosemary next time <3

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm a beet lover for life! I got my start on the canned kind when I was 5 (because my family only ate vegetables from cans. Except for potatoes and carrots). My love has only grown since then. I love roasting them with rosemary too. Our friends made some citrus herb sea salt for us, which is my favorite thing to use right now- Incredible!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And look at you now! OMG that citrus herb sea salt sounds incredible...you should share the recipe with me :)

      Delete
  4. I LOVE beets. Also golden ones. And crispy ones in my salads.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The golden ones are so pretty and one of my favorites!

      Delete
  5. I was not always a beet lover, but I changed my mind after trying roasted beets! The crispier the better. Yours looks amazing. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too - it wasn't until recemtly that I truly appreciated the beet for all its worth!

      Delete
  6. yay for justin!! these sound fabulous! i love beets too - sweet and delicious!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I couldn't believe he was eating beets- I had to do a double take!

      Delete
  7. I love this flavouring beets :)
    Looks delicious my friend!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love, love love me some beets, but have never thought to roast them with rosemary. You're a genius!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Barb - the rosemary is unbelievable paired with teh roasted beets!

      Delete
  9. Roasted beets do totally taste like the earth! I've never tried them with rosemary, but that combination sounds fabulous.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Mmmmm! I adore beets! And adding some fresh rosemary while roasting is genius! I adore rosemary too! And I adore your recipe! Awesome post. xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Court!Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best ones :) xo

      Delete
  11. i like my beets well cooked and thse look perfect.. crispy and herbed!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too! I totally hoarded the crispy ones for myself :)

      Delete
  12. The simplicity of this recipe is just amazing. I love beets and could never understand why people don't enjoy them. I think this would be a great recipe because it let's the beet's natural flavour shine, while still adding something special to it :)

    Have a lovely weekend my dear!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Once in a while it is nice to have a simple recipe to fall back on - I love throwing in a batch of these and forgetting about them for a while and before I know it I have a batch of amazing roasted beets!

      Delete
  13. LOVE beets and love eggplants and artichokes, Justin needs an adjustment! So good, and I love that they taste earthy, what could be better than that? :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hahaha Justin is slowly getting there - I figure I will just keep making them different ways and he will eventually come to his senses :)

      Delete

Thanks for stopping by - your comments make my day!