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Baked Beets With Fresh Herbs & Butter

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Baked Beets With Fresh Herbs & Butter

We got the most lovely bunch of purple beets at our last CSA pick up. I used a few by grating them raw into salads (yum!), then proceeded to ignore them in order to focus on some of the more time-sensitive veggies that needed to be dealt with quickly. Luckily, beets keep for quite a while in the fridge if you remove the greens and this batch seemed perfectly content to cool their heels in the crisper for nearly two weeks while I dealt with more pressing culinary concerns.

Washing beets by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

I typically roast beets – they’re DELICIOUS that way – but I was not feeling excited about waiting quite that long for them to cook so I decided to try baking them, instead – something I’d never tried before. With baked beets, the cooking time is sped up by putting a small amount of water in the bottom of the baking dish to steam the beets while they cook. Then you slip the skins off just as you would with roasted or boiled beets. It’s a bloody-looking business but it washes right off.

Beet Blood on my Hands by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

I was also attracted to the simple idea of tossing the warm beets with butter, herbs, salt, pepper and a little lemon juice. So I ran out to our little container garden and gathered up oregano, thyme and basil and chopped them up.

Our Thyme Plant by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

The results were both quicker and less messy than roasting and also deliciously flavorful and light. The baked beets are a little bit softer than roasted and the fresh herbs complement their natural sweetness while the butter (you could sub in olive or walnut oil if you don’t eat dairy) makes it feel just a wee bit decadent and the salt, pepper and lemon juice give it a little extra brightness and jazz.

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Eve Fox

Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmersí markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.


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3:25AM PDT on Jul 11, 2014

I love beets! Haven't made them this way, but look forward to trying them.

9:19PM PDT on May 18, 2013


12:35AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Thank you for sharing. I didn't know many ways to cook beets and these are wonderful ideas.

6:45AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Thank you Eva, for Sharing this!

10:07AM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Wow - I want to try this recipe right away.

3:17AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

sounds yummy

3:08AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

Thanks for the recipe. I wonder if you could make this recipe with other type of roots?

12:50PM PST on Nov 13, 2012


9:43PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Definitely going to try this, thanks.

10:08PM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

Sounds tasty and easy, thanks now is the right time for these.

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