~more recently updated recipes~
Original 2007 Post: As so often happens in the kitchen, 'fusion' recipes can be utterly delicious.
A. Beets were on sale for $1 a pound so I bought a bunch to make borscht. Oh my, do you make borscht? I must, more often! Anyway I roasted some extra beets my favorite way, not sure where they'd end up, beyond the first beet which gets eaten straight from the oven.
B. Ever since making these baked eggs (also called 'shirred eggs', my friend food stylist Linda Behrends reminded me recently) I've been captivated by what happens when you cook a handful of spinach in cream or half 'n' half.
A + B = C, a delicious new side dish! And fast and easy and a keeper!
2013 Update: This time, I substituted beet greens for spinach. (I know, I know, so obvious a choice, why did I use spinach before? No idea.) This is such an easy way to combine greens and beets, it made for a favorite lunch in a long while. So easy, so good!
CREAMY SPINACH with BEETS
Time to table: maybe 15 minutes
Serves 1, easily multiplied
1/4 cup half 'n' half
A handful of fresh baby spinach, stems removed (an important step!) and sliced thin
-- or --
A handful of fresh beet greens, leaves only, sliced thin
1/2 a cooked beet, diced
FOR SPINACH Warm half 'n' half in a small skillet, add spinach all at once and toss a bit to coat. Let cook til soft but still bright green in color. Stir in beets and let warm through. Devour immediately!
FOR BEET GREENS Beet greens are slightly tougher than baby spinach so need a little cooking before adding the cream. Start cooking them with a splash of water or good stock, just until tender, then add the cream and finish.
ALANNA'S TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
When I roasted beets a couple of days ago, they seemed dirtier than usual and so I scrubbed and scrubbed, even getting out a vegetable brush. What a mistake! What I thought was 'dirt' was actually a thin protective layer. Once this was gone or broken, the juice of the beet seeped out, making a real mess in the oven even though wrapped in foil. The lesson: wash beets well, soak them if needed to soften excess soil, but don't scrub them hard.
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MORE FAVORITE BEET RECIPES
~ My Favorite Way to Roast Beets ~
(photo tutorial with tips & tricks)
~ How to Make a Roasted Beet Salad ~
~ Beet Pesto ~
~ Swedish Beets ~
~ more beet recipes~
from A Veggie Venture
~ Borscht Beets with Sour Cream ~
~ Those Pink Potatoes ~
~ Karelian Borscht (Russian Beet Borscht Soup) ~
~ more beet recipes ~
from Kitchen Parade, my food column
FROM GREAT FOOD BLOGS
Nami Nami ... a fellow beet lover
Confessions of a Cardamom Addict ... beetroot hummus
Daydream Delicious ... beetroot & lemon risotto
famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.
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