Beets are so simple to roast and enjoy in your favorite recipes. Roasting brings out their natural sweetness. I love sweet and savory salads using this delicious root vegetable. One of my favorites is this Roasted Beet Salad.
How to Roast Beets
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wash beets and cut off stems with the greens attached. Beets are dirty and usually require a lot of rinsing. Reserve the greens for juicing or eating. If you don't really know how to prepare beet greens, here is a fantastic recipe from Simply Recipes: Beet Greens.
Next, pat the beets dry and wrap loosely in aluminum foil. Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet and roast for 45-50 minutes (smaller beets) and 55-60 minutes for large beets. Check beets for doneness by piercing with a knife. The beets are done when the knife easily pierces the middle of the beet. Cool and unwrap beets. Using the back side of a pairing knife, peel the beets (they should peel very easily) and store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, up to a week.
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