Do you love the unique, pungent taste of beets? Are you looking for new and interesting ways to use beets in your kitchen creations? Do you want more ideas for eating beets, other than in salads? If you love beets but are not sure what you should do with them, then it may be time to try baking them. With just a little prep work and a few simple kitchen resources, you can season your beets and wrap them in foil. They will be ready for the hot oven, and ready for your dinner table in just minutes. Here is how you can get started on baking beets in foil:
You will need at least three to five beets of medium size, depending upon the number of guests coming to dinner. You also will need a bottle of your favorite olive oil, a sturdy tin foil, a baking sheet, a collander, a mixing bowl, a clean dish towel, and a vegetable scrubber.
First, scrub the beats lightly with a vegetable scrubber and drop them in a collander to dry. Pull off any leaves on the beets.
Next, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Pat the beets dry with a clean dish towel, and then drop them into a mixing bowl.
Drizzle the beets with olive oil, just enough to coat the entire outside of the beets with a thin coat of oil. You will be able to tell that the beets are coated with oil by looking at them in the light as your roll the beets around in the mixing bowl. The light will indicate whether the beet’s surface is covered in the shiny olive oil.
Spread a sheet of tin foil across a wide baking sheet. Place one beet in the middle of the sheet and then wrap up the sides, much like you would wrap a potato in foil. Repeat this step with the remaining beets.
Place the beets on the baking sheet. Once the oven reaches 375 degrees, put the baking sheet laden with foil-covered beets into the oven. Bake the beets for up to 45 minutes, but at least an hour.
Once the beets are fully cooked, take them out of the oven and allow them to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
Remove the foil, peel the beets, slice, and serve.
If you are looking to add a little more flavor to these unique, purple vegetables, you might garnish your roasted beets with a dijon-based dressing. You can make this from scratch or purchase a tasty mustard dressing from your local gourmet foods store. Warm the dressing in a microwave-safe bowl for about 10 seconds and then drizzle it over the roasted beets. Not only does this add extra flare and flavor to your roasted beet dish, but it also adds interest and appeal to your dinner part table.
If you are tired of the same old beet pairing — salad — then it is time to try roasting your beets. Pull them straight from the garden, wash them, drizzle them in oil, wrap them in foil, and voila — a masterpiece dish that looks like it took you hours to make with only a little prep work and an hour in the oven.
When you want to add interest and flavor to your next meal or your next dinner party affair, then consider roasting beets. Roasted beets pair well as a side dish for all kinds of main course fare — including beef and chicken. They also make a delicious main dish at a holiday table when your guests are vegetarians. You will be amazed by not only how tasty roasted beets are after you drizzle them in oil and bake them in foil, but you will be pleased with how easy and economical this meal is to make for your entire family. Finally, roasted beets are a healthy addition to the family meal. Keep in mind that when you add oil olive to the roasted beets, you are adding a healthy oil that your family can feel good about eating.