Simply trim the greens from the beets, trim off the root end (the little tail), scrub them well with a brush and individually wrap them in foil. Line a sheet pan with foil. Place all of your foiled beets on the pan (remember...easy cleanup). Pop them into a pre-heated oven. I heated the oven to 375 degrees. Roast for about an hour. These guys were small. If your beets are really large and firm, you will probably need at least an hour and a half or so. Remove from the oven. Feel one and press it to see if it's done. They will still feel firm .... you might want to unwrap one and slice it to check for doneness. Let them cool down. Unwrap, one at a time and remove the skin. Eat one or two. You won't be able to resist. Slice them and admire the concentric rings. Kind of like a slice of a tree trunk. Natural beauty. AND... a bounty of nutrition. Lots of potassium and fiber plus low in calories. Yippee!!! I used them in this salad right away, but you can chill them in the fridge at this point or, marinate them in a little oil and vinegar with some onion. Sky's the limit. Go ahead and experiment. Live dangerously.
Let's talk about the beet greens for a moment, shall we? I carefully cleaned the beet greens, while warming a little olive oil, a small clove of smashed garlic and some red pepper flakes in a medium pot. I added the beet greens to the pot (it will crackle and splatter like crazy because of the water clinging to the leaves) and quickly placed the lid on top. I added a sprinkle of kosher salt. Actually, beet greens are kind of naturally salty when you taste them raw, so you don't need to add very much salt. The greens were done in a matter of just a minute or two. Healthy, delicious and loaded with a plethera of vitamins and nutrients, we didn't take the time to snap a photo. Sorry. LOL. Dark and lovely greens with just the essence of garlic hit the spot on a thick slice of buttered Marconi bread.
Back to the roasted beets & the salad:
These roasted beets were served on a bright combination of mache, frisee, radicchio and baby spinach, along with some thin wisps of sweet onion. A homemade creamy feta and fresh herb dressing topped the salad with some freshly cracked black pepper. The dressing was not healthy. Oops. Ying~Yang. Mayonnaise, sour cream, dijon mustard, freshly squeezed lemon juice, fresh flat leaf parsley, feta cheese, s & p. Life's good. Eat beets.
Almost forgot to tell you about these glazed radishes. Don't knock 'em til you try 'em. OMG. Kind of sweet, kind of not. Think cabbage, potato, parsnip and carrot all combined into a little pink powerball of flavor. Unusual and delicious side dish. Throw cleaned whole radishes into a pot or saute pan with a little butter, sugar, drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Simmer and cook uncovered or partially covered until cooked and the liquid turns into a glaze. If you have too much evaporation, simply add a little water and keep simmering until these puppies are tender. Really delicious!
Here's Katie's Passion Kitchen Motto for the New Year: