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Maple-Teriyaki Beets

Maple-Teriyaki Beets

I can eat a whole raw beet out of my hand like an apple, and although I may have pink hands for a week, it’s always worth it. That said, I find that I equally enjoy beets cooked in any number of ways. Can you tell I like beets? This recipe for broiled beets with a garlicky-sweet teriyaki sauce comes from Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables (Gibbs Smith, 2006) and does some magic to the unadulterated beauty of straight beets. Even avowed beet naysayers might find themselves singing the praises of these.

12 small or 6 medium beets, scrubbed and trimmed
1/4 butter (or olive oil)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon minced or pressed garlic
1 tablespoon finely chopped or grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari

1. Preheat over to 400F degrees.
2. Place beets in a small roasting pan with 1/2 cup water. Cover with foil and bake until beets are easily pierced with a sharp knife, 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on size.
3. Preheat the broiler.
4. Allow beets to cool slightly, then run under cold water and slip off their skins. Slice into 1/4-inch rounds.
5. Melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat. Stir in the maple syrup, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce or tamari. When the ingredients are thoroughly combined, remove from heat.
6. Put the beets in a shallow baking pan and pour the maple syrup mixture over them. Broil, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 10 minutes.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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11:37AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Thank you

11:54AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

yum

11:11PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

finally, a recipe that just might convert me! i'll try it, thanks!

6:59PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Great recipe

6:59PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Great recipe

6:59PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Great recipe

6:59PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Great recipe

6:59PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Great recipe

6:59PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Great recipe

6:58PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Great recipe

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