Best of the Beets: Four Great Beet Recipes

These tasty dishes aim to please whether you're wary of this root vegetable or a longtime beet-lover.
Forono Long Cylindrical Roots Perfect for Slicing

Forono Long Cylindrical Roots Perfect for Slicing

The 'Forono' variety beet is perfect for slicing due to its long cylindrical roots. Young crops taste particularly good. Delay sowing seeds until mid-spring to prevent bolting.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

I admit it: beets have never graced my list of “favorite vegetables.” And I’m not alone: beets are always chalked up as one of those veggies you either love or hate; but I suspect that, like me, many “haters” just haven’t given them a chance.

As it turns out, there are a surprising number of ways to prepare this nutritional powerhouse. Here are four great beet recipes that just might turn beet-avoiders into beet enthusiasts:

Beet Home Fries: Beets are root vegetables, after all, so it just makes sense that you could use them like a potato. Plus, roasting brings out the beet’s natural sweetness, and just might win over a skeptic.

Warm Lentil Salad with Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese. This unexpected side dish gets great reviews for its blend of flavors and textures. Another great way to convince beet-reluctant guests.

Roasted Beet Borscht: If classic borscht recipes have always scared you off, try this Tyler Florence version. Using roasted beets, apple, and sour cream, and pureeing the soup results in a creamy, earthy version that just might win you over.

Beet Risotto with Truffle Oil: Okay, so this dish’s bright-red appearance might scare off some diners, but the recipe relies on just a small amount of pureed beets for flavor – no chunks! Even so, this recipe might be best saved for the beet lovers in your life.

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