Some home cooks shy away from beets due to their tendency to stain, or some confusion about how to use the beet roots--but it's a crime to not take advantage while they're available fresh. There are more colors out there than the standard purple variety, so pick up a medley next time you're at the store and play around.
Choose round and firm beets with a smooth outer texture. The beetroot should look fresh and leafy as well. Wear gloves if you're afraid of staining or just go barehanded if you don't mind a bit of purple hand syndrome (conversation starter, anyone?).
After the jump, beets beyond the standard goat cheese pairing.
- Red and Green Mash
- Roasted Beet Bruschetta
- Elaine's Clear Vegetarian Borscht
- Mark Bittman's Raw Beet Salad
- Beet Rosti
- Roasted Beet and Cucumber Salad
- Red Flannel Hash
- Crunchy Raw Beetroot Salad with Feta and Pear
Do you have any beetastic ideas for us?